Twisted-Electrons µAcid8 and hapiNES L – two new compact synths
Twisted-Electrons introduce two new compact desktop synthesizers, each with a unique spin – Twisted-Electrons µAcid8 and hapiNES L.
The Twisted-Electrons µAcid8 must be one of the smallest 303-style synths on the market, no larger than the palm of your hand, it packs in a variety of very cool features. It has an internal step sequencer that allows you to punch in notes one-by-one or record sequences in real-time.
There are various pre-step functions such as slide and rest which can be played or edited in after the fact, you also have the same level of control over the “accent” function. It features three waveshapes – square, sawtooth and triangle, the filter sounds decent and it even has an internal “crush” effect. Everything you need for acid leads and sequences, in a tiny box.
Here’s something for those Chiptune fanatics, the new Twisted-Electrons hapiNES L. It’s a compact four-voice synth designed to emulate the legendary sound of the NES game consoles. The Twisted-Electrons hapiNES L is designed around a lot of the limitations that the RP2A07 sound chip (what was used in the NES consoles) had, giving it the authentic recognisable sound of that era.
What makes these so special?
Both of Twisted-Electrons’ new compact synthesizers feature a similar intuitive sequencer, with the hapiNES L obviously having the advantage of several channels – a drum voice, triangle wave bass, and two square wave synth voices.
Both synths feature sync I/O so you can connect multiple units together, they also feature MIDI input via 3.5mm jack, so you can make use of a proper keyboard or external sequencer. Probably the best feature of all, is that Twisted-Electrons have built dedicated VST/AU plugins for both devices, giving you the ability to automate all of the parameters from within your DAW.
They’re both set to retail at EUR €255 excl. VAT (Around R4000 excl. duties) – a little bit on the pricey side, however these are fantastic solutions if you’re looking for those specific sounds.
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