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Your final synth? Moog monster The Legend HZ by Hans Zimmer & Synapse Audio

Published 7:00 am on Tuesday 7th May 2024 by Beat Magazine

Building on the success of The Legend, Synapse Audio have teamed up with Hans Zimmer to break new ground in analogue modelling synthesis. The Legend HZ has been enhanced with several features that were not previously available on The Legend.

These include three additional oscillators (and therefore an additional polyphony setting), a modulation matrix, a 32-step sequencer, an MSEG for additional modulation controls and an extended effects section.

Hans Zimmer presents The Legend HZ in a video

The Legend HZ even includes a fixed filter bank modelled after Hans Zimmer's personal Vintage 914 Fixed Filter Bank, an exceptional and rare piece of hardware.

In addition, 200 factory presets have been added, developed jointly by experienced sound designer Kevin Schroeder and Hans Zimmer. The factory sound bank gives everyone access to a wide range of cinema-style sounds, while The Legend HZ itself provides access to some of the tools they use.

Listen in: The Monster Synth's best presets

Under the hood: The most important features of The Legend HZ

  • 6 high-quality VA oscillators
  • 8-fold oversampling
  • Comprehensive effects section
  • Unison, mono, 4-, 8- and 12-voice polyphony modes
  • Support for MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression)
  • Extended arpeggiator/sequencer
  • Available as VST, Audio Unit and AAX
  • Patch compatible with The Legend

The Legend HZ costs $179, while existing Legend users can upgrade to the Legend HZ for $79. For more information and a demo version coming soon, visit the Synapse Audio website:

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