Poly Effects begins shipping the Hector virtual modular module
In January, Poly Effects introduced Hector: A Virtual Modular Synthesizer designed to live inside your physical modular synthesizer. Now, Beebo’s Eurorack brother is finally being shipped to customers eager to start building the synthesizer modules of their dreams with an easy-to-use touch screen.
Inside Hector is a collection of over 100 different modules that you can combine and connect to create your own synthesizer voices, modulation fonts or effects and then use them with your existing Eurorack configuration. The beauty here is that Hector can be whatever you want: a boring utility module like a mixer or attenuator, an emulation of a Mutable Instruments oscillator, or a crazy convolution reverberation built around the sound of a bong rip.
The Hector itself is a 30 hp unit with six inputs and eight outputs, which can be used for both audio and control voltage (CV). There are also MIDI inputs and outputs via 3.5mm TRS and USB jacks.
The Hector basically runs the same firmware as the Beebo, so everything I said was fantastic about this pedal when I checked it. In addition, Poly Effects has made great improvements in recent months. For one thing, there are a few new modules, including a proper loop, which I had missed. In addition, responsiveness has been improved and there are also a lot of small bug fixes. And, since they run the same software, you can use the existing Beebo presets on the Hector.
There are some differences worth noting: while the Beebo had two encoders and a trio of foot switches, Hector’s only controls are on the touch screen. If you want more control, you will need to connect an external driver.
If you haven’t pre-ordered a Hector, however, you’ll wait a bit. Lots 1 and 2 are sold out and the third is not expected to be shipped in about three weeks. But you can still secure a future Hector for $ 599 at the Poly Effects site.
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