It would have been nice if the manual had been updated to cover the new editing features, though. However, Steinberg are promising a 'full support programme' for Hypersonic 2, and it would be most unfair to judge the product that exists now on the basis of speculation about what might happen down the line. The new version of Steinberg's virtual sound module brings more and better instruments, without sacrificing convenience or ease of use. The only real concern I have about Hypersonic 2 has nothing to do with how well it works: it's about the takeover of developers Wizoo by Digidesign. I did encounter the odd quirk — for example, on a few of the new drum kits, the Hyperknobs seem to work backwards, and some aspects of the Combi handling are a bit weird — but for the most part, it is very intuitive to use, and the improvements are just what the doctor ordered.
The new one always appears before the selected block, so the upshot is that you can add new Elements anywhere but at the end of the chain! A Combi is, as in any multitimbral synth, a snapshot of all Hypersonic settings, including information on which patches are loaded into which slots. Others are wholly new, and in both cases the improved quality is readily apparent. This means it's easy to let the highlighted bar get out of sync with the active slot, which can get confusing, and I'd have preferred to have the two permanently linked — there's nothing much that can actually be achieved by single-clicking on a slot in any case. There are plenty of decent new synth sounds, more excellent Hammond patches, a very fat and funky Clavinet, very passable pianos, and the pitched percussion instruments such as vibes and glockenspiels are worthy of mention. In the former category, improvements include a new Hyperphrase arpeggiator and the ability to switch between multis on the fly, for seamless patch changes during live performance. An orange bar highlights the 'active' slot in the Combi Chain.
Despite the sixfold increase in the size of its library, there are only about 50 percent more sounds in Hypersonic 2 than there were in version 1. This doesn't make the program into Reaktor, but it does make it realistic to create original patches, providing you're happy to rely upon the supplied samples and wavetables. Elsewhere, there are lots of new string ensemble patches, but as with all such things, I personally can't see the point — I'd trade the lot for a single decent solo violin. In each case, they present at least the most important parameters you'd expect, although the amount of control available doesn't really compare with a more free-form synth. With 5 high quality sound generation engines, a large built-in patch library with 1000 patches from more than 50 categories featuring Wizoo's acclaimed sound design, it delivers an unbelievable amount of sounds, effects, voices and outputs, allowing you to generate more high-quality sounds in a given system than ever before. It takes the musical instrument workstation concept to computer-based music production environments with higher quality, easier use, and more effective playability than ever before.
It's also a bit odd that you can't click on an empty block to add an Element — you have to click on an existing Element and insert the new one into the chain. To create your own step sequences for any patch simply set a pitch value for each step in the Note column and set velocity amount in the neighboring Vel column. I was a little confused by the fact that you can't actually load and save Combis from the Combi editing page — the controls are in the Setup display. One of the great features of the original Hypersonic was its rapid patch loading, and Steinberg have taken this several steps further in version 2. For extra-smooth changes, you can set Hypersonic to preload either the next Combi or all Combis in the chain, although I found it often worked fine without this.
As before, it's authorised to a Steinberg Key using the Synchrosoft copy-protection system, but this time, no key is supplied, so anyone who doesn't already own one will need to budget for an extra £20. The most popular versions of the program are 1. Instead, the Combi page is devoted to a list containing up to 128 numbered slots. This must be partly down to the decision to abandon lossless compression, but also reflects the fact that the new sounds prioritise quality over quantity. In all important respects, I like Hypersonic 2. The software takes the musical instrument workstation concept to computer-based music production environments, offering higher quality, easier use, and more effective playability.
However, there are a couple of things that puzzled me about the way they are implemented. Generate your own patches by setting up multi-step sequences for the unpacking and installation of required files in the dedicated suite. Hypersonic is the music workstation that adds more power, more versatility and more sounds to your system than you've ever dreamt of. Quite a number of them are actually 'extra large' versions of Hypersonic 1 patches — the same instruments sampled with more velocity layers and less obvious looping. Two years on, Steinberg and developers Wizoo have brought out version 2.
The biggest improvement over version 1 is that you can add and remove Elements from patches, rather than simply muting them. The Hypersonic step sequencer is very easy to use and an effective creative patch making tool. Personally, I'm not a great user of arpeggiators, but if I was, I think I would really like the one that comes with Hypersonic. Their aim seems to be to build on version 1's strengths, whilst answering those critics who found the original a little bit superficial. The ability to step through a Combi Chain at the click of a button will be a handy feature for those using Hypersonic live. The most frequent installer filenames for the software include: Hypersonic. It supports multiple platforms and is regularly updated for compatibility with newer versions of operating systems.
Combi Chains will be a really handy feature for anyone intending to use Hypersonic live, and I can't think of many other workstation-type synths in software that offer a similar feature — indeed, lengthy loading times are an Achilles' heel for many rival products. As a sketchpad for rock and pop tracks, it's still the best way I know to get sounds together fast — and you'll be surprised at how often you keep them in the finished track! Right-clicking on any slot allows you to assign a Combi to that step in the list, whereupon you can use the Previous and Next arrow keys to step forward or back through the list, with Hypersonic updating all its settings almost instantly. I also had difficulty loading my own Combis into slots in the Combi Chain: the factory patches could be selected from the list, but the User Combis I created refused to appear in it. Sustained notes are maintained, with the original sounds, over a single change of Combi, but cut off if you change again. Hypersonic est un plugs legendaire parfaitement reussi comme tout ce que steinberg fait. A nice touch is that you can leave gaps in the chain, in case you want to insert additional Combis at a later date. I still think it's a shame that there are few decent solo orchestral patches, but this seems to be true of most comparable products as well.
Beyond that, it's now also possible to set up Combi Chains for live use. . The six Hyperknobs are still pre-assigned to the most important parameters or groups of parameters in a patch, but detailed editing is done by clicking the Edit button at the right. Patches load instantly even while a song is playing back in your host program, which is fantastic when you want to audition different sounds for a part you've created. Dongles are always hard to love, but I didn't have any problems authorising mine. You may want to check out more software, such as HyperSonic 4, which might be to Hypersonic. The software lies within System Utilities, more precisely Fonts.