Hydra - How/Why/What?

Keith303 helped me understand LFOs (yeah I am a bit of a retard understanding some of the features). Now I use LFOs a lot… and everyone is raving about the Hydra - so I was wondering if someone would explain in laments terms how to use it - and how it could be useful? :)

Thank you in advance!


Is with Xerxes there. And just as lazy.

Heya Klaus.
I’m probably not the best to simplify things but if you have an LFO Device and make it’s destination the input of a Hydra Device, then with the Hydra Device you can set it up to control different effect parameters (up to 9, you could also get more by chaining Hydra Devices I guess). This will all go back and sync to that one LFO. So the Hydra acts like an intermediate…a broadcaster of some sort.
Basically it allows different effects to be used in tandem, and becomes very powerful esp when used with automation.

that’s kind of thing i am thinking since it was issued in RNS 2.1b :) Can anyone explain in simple examples? Cause judging by so much traffic on the theme in forums, it should be something “simple, ant still the best”.

The simplyfied explanation (without using LFO or other devices to control the Hydra):
shuffling multiple parameter sliders with just only one slider and they shuffle to the min/max range that you define and they shuffle in a lineary, parabolic or hyperbolic way.

Assign . delaytime , feedback , filter cutoff , reverb dry wet…whatever you want al tho the hydra device , set parameter boundaries according to taste …NOw modulate the hydra input slider with a custom lfo shape , velocity device ->reset lfo shape …Make empty instrument ( for velocity only ., you do have to enter the notes of the empty instr. in thetrack where hydra is placed , it’s just that the empt instrument will not produce sound …It’s only used for the velocitie values …
Now go wild


where is mr.baguette?? :D

Hydra marketting:

Hydra simply allows you to let one metadevice control many parameters at the same time. Ever want to assign one LFO to two different effects? Now you can, using Hydra!

thanks guys
seems like jiku was faster with his explanations than I was with my question :)
I think now in fact I can imagine why it is called “hydra” - at least in case if all different effect parameters specified in hydra could have different phase, not only amplitude of LFO. If it is not - maybe it’s time to invent “amoeba”? :D

Got it! Hydra is pure hex porno!