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The Hard Soft Synth 3jb is an audio / video synthesizer by noisemaker extraordinaire, Gieskes.
It features 15 modes of audio/video excellence, each with 4-5 variables of control. There are also 8 video-only modes designed for use with the trigger and audio inputs. An adjustable analog filter keeps everything smooth (or as gnarly as you’d like).
The HSS3jb can produce all the same audio and video as the HSS3i, but it adds many more color options and controls as well as a more stable and and colorful video output.
– 15 audio+video modes and 8 video-only modes.
– Audio, IR, and trigger input as well as trigger out. IR with Handmade Music Austin or Gieskes devices,
hook it up to a modular via trigger or use the audio input to control the sounds and video of the HSS3i.
– Analog low-pass filter controlled via photocell.
– MIDI input controls device parameters.
– Circuit bending, color switching, fade, and individual color controls for video.
– New enclosure and more compact design (5.5″ x 3.5″ x 2.5″).
– Outputs NTSC and PAL
The device outputs analog RCA, S-video and VGA but only the RCA is guaranteed to work with any device it is plugged into. Some devices don’t like the peculiar VGA it produces.
Note that this is Gieskes’ version that lacks glitch switches and bends, but everything else is the same.
Gieskes sells a version called the HSS3j. The HSSjb adds glitch switches, the “stable” mode which makes the output solid blocks of color rather than lines, as well as an enclosure.
What does the midi input control?
You can control some variables of the HSS3jb over midi. See the user guide for the implementation chart.
What does the audio input do? Is this thing an effect? Can I run my guitar through it?
It’s not an effect but it does allow you to hook up an audio source to trigger off of. The audio input works best with rhythmic sources, but all kinds of sources can create interesting effects. The list of what the inputs do in different modes is in the user guide.
Here’s Gieskes’ explanation of the input.
Can the HSS3jb do everything the HSS3i could?
Yes, and more!
Does it come with a power supply will it work in my country?
A 7.5 V DC power supply with a 2.1 mm positive tip that delivers at least 750 mA is required. The one we sell only works in the United States.
The best option is a universal DC adapter that works in your country. Something like this.