Showing posts with label Hartmann. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hartmann. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

#jamuary2024 02 Hartmann Neuron VS in Super Locrian D

video upload by SynthAddict

"I forgot to upload this last night - another one coming later tonight.

I haven't used the mighty Neuron VS in a while. I still need to make more custom 'neural' patch models (sounds) for it.

I would love to get the Neuron keyboard, but it's rare and very expensive but looks very cool. The keyboard version has more complete software (including stick recording) and the equivalent of 3 of these Nuke controllers plus more controls onboard.
It also outputs 5.1 surround mixes if you need it.
Axel Hartmann is the man. :-)"

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Hartmann Neuron - A Rare Synth That Was Ahead Of Its Time (History, Review & Demo)

video upload by LFOstore

"Let's take a look and listen to Hartmann Neuron - a very rare synthesizer that was ahead of its time, offering a complex synthesis method based on neural networks, as well as 3D modulation approach and 5.1 surround sound. The synthesizer began to be produced in 2002, and already in 2005 the company went bankrupt due to low sales. Despite this fact, this rare gem has been championed by renowned composers including Hans Zimmer, and is still used in film productions and experimental electronic music today."

Demo Timeline:
00:00 Intro
00:25 History
01:02 Sections Review
02:47 Demo
09:28 Outro

Monday, September 19, 2022

Hartmann Neuron EPIC SPACE MUSIC*Ambient Electronic Music/HUMAN CALL 369/Universal Consciousness*

video upload by Human Call. Neuronaluniverse Studio

"NEURON .neuronal synthesizer.
In this track,I only use the Neuron synthesizer."

Thursday, January 27, 2022

SPACE/AMBIENT MUSIC*NEURON SYNTHESIZER/Electronic Music*Epic Music[Universal Consciousness]

video upload by Human Call. Neuronaluniverse Studio

"In this track I only use the [Hartmann] NEURON Synthesizer, no external effect.
Human Call-neuronaluniverse studio."

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

hartmann neuron - cinematic soundwalls

video upload by synthlegends

"The Hartmann Neuron is one of the most sophisticated digital synths ever. It is a great synth for soundscapes and evolving textures. The potential is endless thanks neuronal algorithm and the possibility to create own models blending with two resonators. In this video I recorded only the Neuron. No processing in this video, only the raw sound, fx are from the Neuron only."

Saturday, June 19, 2021


SYNTHESIZER NEURON HARTMANN*EPIC MUSIC/Space/Ambient Music/Electronic music[Universal Consciousness]
video by Human Call. Neuronaluniverse Studio

"I use only the synthesizer NEURON."

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Hartmann Neuron Signed by Axel Hartmann

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via this auction

"Hartmann Neuron. impossibly rare and in incredible original condition with hardly any marks on it its in perfect working order and has never been messed with the sounds are out of this world reluctant sale this particular unit has been signed by axel hartmann see pics im gonna include all original manuals and two spare orange joystick knobs impossible to find might consider very near offers"

Sunday, February 14, 2021

New Axel Hartmann Design Website and the Luca Anzilottis Schmidt

This one was sent my way via Soviet Space Child.

Renowned synth designer Axel Hartmann has a new website at If you own a synth or two created in the last three decades, chances are the look and feel were designed by Axel Hartmann. He has designed synths from Sequential, DSI, Moog, Roland, Arturia, UDO, Waldorf, and of course his own synth, the Neuron. He even designed the BlipBox! You can find stories behind many of his designs on his site and a list at the bottom of the about page here.

Pictured left is the 20 Synthesizer.

Below is one I haven't seen before. The Luca Anzilottis Schmidt.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #105: Hartmann Neuron VS - Song 2

video by Christian's Sonic Spaces

Song 1 here

"This is the second song with the Neuron VS. It's the software (VST) version of the Hartmann Neuron, a novel hardware synthesizer introduced in 2001 based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis. The software version of the instrument, was released in 2005.

I used for the recording just on the opening pad an Eventide Blackhole. All other FX are directly from the Neuron VS.

To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track."

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Aquifex - Neuron VS live looper demo (one synth/all parts)

"Another of my “one synths/all parts” demos. All layers played by hand into a multi-looper and remixed live to a stereo recorder while playing some additional live parts (ran out of loop slots).
Tempo shift ideas courtesy of some classic Tangerine Dream pieces.
This process always has imperfections.
The Hartmann Neuron is a pretty amazing, synth going from quirky… to beautiful… to harsh."

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #103: Neuron VS - Song 1

Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first (quite dystopic) song with the Neuron VS. It's the software (VST) version of the Hartmann Neuron, a novel hardware synthesizer introduced in 2001 based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis. The software version of the instrument, was released in 2005.

I used for the recording the following FX chain: Neuron VS - DigiTech Obscura - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PCfor recording. To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track."

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer w/ Spare Parts

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via this auction

"Sound designer's dream... The best digital synthesizer ever made. Fully functional less Control 3 pot (read below).

The good:
It has a new motherboard and new hard drive which has the latest OS, sourced from a gentleman in France (I believe they are not available anymore); spare pot caps, spare mushroom joysticks, spare sticks and original user manual and box (AC cord included).
All keys, pots, joysticks, wheels, sticks, switches, LED, displays work as they should (less Control 3 pot).

The bad:
1/ Control 3 pot does not work anymore (it can be controlled over MIDI)
2/ It has 3 dents / scratches (see pictures):
- Control 3 is pushed 1/4" down
- Programmer has a paint scratch (about 1/2") and pushed 1/8" down
- Paint scratch below Shaper 2 (about 1/4" wide)
3/ Frame is warped (it does not sit evenly on its 4 legs (1/4" play))
4/ Master volume pot cap is grey (not red).

If you are looking for a rare and fantastic synth and can live with the 'not museum condition', this synth is for you."

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Nodes & Wires: In Conversation With George Hearn of UDO

Published on Apr 29, 2020 Paul Dither

"In the 6th episode of 'Nodes & Wires,' I'm chatting with George Hearn about his musical background, instrument design, the Super 6 synthesizer, his company UDO Audio and more.

Intro — 00:00:00
Musical Background and Influences — 00:01:44
Past Synthesizer Designs — 00:20:22
Instrument Design — 00:21:25
Collaborating with Axel Hartmann — 00:37:04
Inside the Super 6 Synthesizer — 00:44:51
Current and Future Plans — 01:03:13
The Company: About UDO Audio — 01:04:56
Challenges and Opportunities — 01:07:45
Modern Expressive Controllers and Advanced Music Technology — 01:25:08
Final Words — 01:28:22"

Paul Dither Nodes & Wires w/ the makers

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hartmann Neuron - history, tutorial, sound design and demo

Published on Apr 20, 2020 synthlegends

"In this video I introduce the german digital synth Hartmann Neuron from 2001 - 2004.

The synth is very sought after and ultra rare (only about 500 units built, maybe around of 200 working today).The Neuron is based on a Celeron processor with linux system, it ist a bit dated, but you can exchange the old hard drive with a ssd drive and also enhance the RAM from 128 MB to 1024 MB. Almost all components in the Neuron can be exchanged.

First of all, I am talking about some historical facts, after that I show you how to create models with the model maker from samples, then I give an overwiew about the sound design possibilites. Finaly I demonstrate some typical Neuron sounds and conclude with a multitrack demo consisting only from Neuron sounds. In the background you can listen to much Neuron music, also the multitrack songs, everything is pure Neuron without additional mastering, effects and compression.

Have fun with this video, stay tuned and keep healthy,

Cheers, Rüdiger"

Friday, March 27, 2020

Axel Hartmann's Original Panel Design for the Waldorf Q & How the Yellow Q Came to Be

Update1: Soviet Space Child noticed the Instrument section under the main display has the additional numbers found on later models of the Q. This might actually be a later prototype panel that matches the original color concept. Soviet Space Child noted: "The Q was originally designed as a 4 part multitimbral synthesizer, and later expanded to 16 parts multi via an OS update. This explains why the FX unit is only 4 part multi, as the hardware architecture ran off of 3 DSP's, two for 8 voices of polyphony each, and one dedicated to 4 FX parts. On the original Q models the 4 instrument buttons above the display were labeled 1-4, but later revisions had additional numbers to reflect the added multi parts, as seen in the prototype panel photos." It's also worth noting the original Wave came in different colors including Sahara yellow and Crimson Red. There was also a green Microwave. That backs up Waldorf wanting to go bold with the Q.

Update2: Swissdoc heard back from Waldorf's Frank Schneider and he stated this is the Jade panel. It makes sense as Jade is green and this panel is greenish in color. What's odd though is the render in the promo sheet appears white in color but is labeled as Jade. Also, according to swissdoc, the Q actually did come 16 multi-timbral to start: "The Q came from the start with 16 part multi, just the yellow case had only 4 labeled. See the changelog from here."

Update3: it looks like the Q was 4 part multi prior to release according to this SOS preview for the Q (via Soviet Space Child): "In keeping with modern synth architectures, the Q promises 16-part multitimbrality and 16-part layers/splits that Waldorf call 'Multis', but neither of these is implemented in the current operating system" later followed by "Early reports suggested that the Q would include a dedicated drum section with the ability to emulate popular analogue machines such as the Roland TR808 and TR909. In recent weeks, Waldorf has shelved the idea in favour of expanding the multitimbrality of the instrument from 4-part to 16-part."

So the preview model sent to Sound on Sound was 4 Part multi, and they made it 16 for release. Update4: I remember now. The Q was released pre V1.0 and was updated later. I forget if it was 4 or 16 part multi on release.  There was a bit of excitement about the Q, as you can imagine, on the various forums and email lists at the time.  Sonic State's The Gas-Station was THE forum at the time and there was a Waldorf email list.

The original post:

swissdoc and I were exchanging emails about the recent Waldorf posts featuring the JADE Q, non-Nextel Pulse, and the manuals for the XT, and MicroWave. Some interesting bits of info came out of our exchange.  You can find them in updates in those posts. Possibly even more interesting are the images you see here in this post. Swissdoc sent them my way with the following. What you are looking at is the original design prototype color concept? [see above] for the Waldorf Q.

"I got the pics from a guy called pixeldealer in Summer 2014. He said it was the original Q-prototype in turquoise/silver color and the first design by Axel Hartmann. It was never released, the Q was released in yellow Nextel as we know. Axel Hartmann is telling the same story in an interview on (last section). He bougth the case (without electronics etc) from the production partner of Waldorf in Troisdorf. He was looking to sell the parts.

Axel said:
Die ersten Q wurden geboren, als der Markt für virtuell analoge Synthesizer noch durch Clavia mit ihren grellroten Nordsynthesizern beherrscht wurde. Wolfgang wollte daher ein stärkeres optisches Statement, als es unser bekanntes, dezentes Dunkelblau zulies. Wolfram (Franke) hatte dann die Idee mit dem schrillen Gelb, das wir in den finalen Layouts umgesetzt haben.

Unsere ersten Farbkonzepte für die Q Synthesizer gingen in eine völlig andere Richtung. Wir hatten in unseren Entwürfen ein dezentes, sehr helles, grünliches Grau in Kombination mit Aluminium und Nussbaum Anbauteilen visualisiert. Wie gesagt, das war den Waldorfern damals aber einfach nicht laut genug… Translation:
The first Q were born when the market for virtual analog synthesizers was still dominated by Clavia with her bright red northern synthesizers. Wolfgang therefore wanted a stronger visual statement than our well-known, subtle dark blue. Wolfram (Franke) then had the idea with the shrill yellow, which we implemented in the final layouts.

Our first color concepts for the Q synthesizers went in a completely different direction. In our designs we had visualized a subtle, very bright greenish grey in combination with aluminium and walnut add-on parts. As I said, that simply wasn't loud enough for the Waldorfers back then..."

Friday, March 06, 2020

Aquifex - Dark Live Jam 071619 - Hartmann Neuron & Soma Labs Lyra-8

"Fun little dark jam made on a business trip last year with the Hartmann Neuron VST (Mac host) from Germany and the amazing Soma Labs Lyra-8 made by Vlad Kreimer in Moscow.

Assembled/performed in Loopy HD on the iPad Pro, recently performed directly to a stereo recorder. Since the VST was in a standalone host app it's still DAWless, technically. :-)"

Monday, January 06, 2020

Hartmann Neuron polyphonic synthesizer w/ surround output matrix

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via this auction

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hartmann Neuron Demo

Published on Dec 23, 2019 son of a gun

"Just a little demo of Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer. Video was taken with a Nokia Digital Camera using 18x Zoom. Therefore the movie is very wiggly."

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer Demo

Published on Dec 22, 2019 son of a gun

"Using the Layer Function of Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer"

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hartmann Neuron Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2019 Franz. iska

"Recorded one Track directly without external effects. 2 Sounds layered using the Neuron Layer-Function."

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