« The last new "thing" on the block »Published on 02/08/23 at 07:11
Confusing terminology makes mastering the already advanced instrument even harder. (e.g. the good old cutoff filter is called "silver" uh! )
There are thirteen tiny separate displays on board and it is so easy to get lost until you are familiar with the work flow. Unfortunately the original documentation supplied with Neuron is so very shallow, regarding the immense capabilities of the instrument. So you are virtually on your own with the Hartmann Neuron.
Though it is actually an unfinished product, what we already have is still one decade ahead of what we have today in 2023.
One must learn to move slowly and patiently while programming the Neuron. The modulation possibilities are enormous. It is obviously good for moving deep and complex pads but it can be very snappy and funky too. I personally enjoy working on classic sounds and turn them into a "Neuron only" sound. Programming the timbre and the behavior of the sound is a joy! BTW, watch out for your ears and your sub woofers! It can get extremely punchy on the low end. The high end is generally tasteless, almost impossible to find sweet spots in the high frequency range.
Just like the Yamaha VL synths, the sound is relatively transparent and cold compared to standard romplers. But after all, we need every level of warmth on the mix. So, Hartmann has a special place in most of the arrangements. It has a character that nothing can replace. I like to use it for the prominent tracks in my works.