Vintage synthesizer featuring the classic Polivoks synth
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Polivoks Duophonic Analog Synthesizer
Made in USSR 1982-1990
Designed by Vladimir Kuzmin and produced at the Formanta Radio Factory in Kachkanar
2 VCOs, FM, 2 ADSR
The nice filter that can be switched from low pass to bandpass and two envelopes that can be looped over the AD sections.
This is a functional demo. the musical demo coming soon.
Roland has released a new analog synthesizer – the Roland Driftbox-R Limited Analog Monosynth. The Roland DriftBox-R Limited is an updated version of the original Reon DriftBox.
Originally commissioned by Roland to demonstrate the the SBX-1 Sync Box, the DriftBox-R Limited features two oscillators, filter, and envelope generator.
Control is via five CV/gate connections, letting you integrate the synth with other analog gear.
- Updated version of the original Reon DriftBox
- A wide range of functions in a small desktop box
- Two VCOs, a great-sounding filter, and an envelope generator
- CV/gate I/O for semi-modular flexibility
- Use it alone, triggering its envelope with the onboard momentary button
- Combine it with other hardware for endless possibilities
The Korg Poly-800 is a synthesizer released by Korg in 1983. Its initial list price of $795 made it the first fully programmable synthesizer that sold for less than $1000. It featured a 49 key non-velocity sensitive keyboard, two buttons for data entry, and a joystick controller, which could modulate the DCO pitch or the VCF. Though the Poly-800 had MIDI, it did not feature MIDI sysex functionality, and patches had to be backed up to cassette tape. It had 8-voice polyphony (paraphony) with one DCO per voice. It could be switched into double mode which stacks two DCOs for a fuller sound, but reduces the polyphony to 4 voices. It featured one analog resonant low-pass VCF with 24dB/oct which was shared for all voices. Like a monophonic synthesizer, the filter was switchable between single or multiple modes. In single mode, the first key pressed triggers the filter envelope, and unless all keys are released, the filter does not re-trigger. In multi mode, each key pressed in turn triggers the filter envelope, even if other keys are still pressed down.
Further it had three digital envelope generators, a noise generator, an LFO, and a chorus effect. It also sported a simple built in sequencer. The Poly-800 could be run off batteries and had guitar strap pegs, allowing a performer to wear it like a guitar. It was also available with reversed-colored keys, which gave an appearance similar to a Vox Continental organ.
About a year after the Poly-800 was introduced, a keyboardless, rackmount/tabletop version, called the EX-800, was released, adding limited MIDI sysex capability. After production of the original keyboard ended in 1985, the enhanced Poly-800 MkII was released. It featured a digital delay instead of a chorus effect, and included limited MIDI sysex functionality. It was produced until 1987.
Siel produced an almost identical synthesizer, the DK-70 around the same time period.
The low price for a used unit (in the 1990s it fell to under $200) and partial analog design of the Poly-800 made it perfect for modification by hobbyists. There is a modification that adds two knobs to the VCF, increasing the filter’s range and expressiveness, known as the Moog-Slayer filter modification; the FM-800 filter modification which adds a pseudo FM control to the filter; a modification for external audio input; and some users have added a switch to control the filter slope, adjusting it from a 4 pole (24db/oct) to a 2 pole (12db/oct).
The most recent modification to the Poly-800 family is the Hawk-800 Firmware upgrade which is both a hardware & firmware modification, radically updating the features and capabilities of the synthesizer. There is also the AtomaHawk-800 which adds software & MIDI control to the more popular hardware modifications.
Bob Moog explaining the aspects of the analog synthesizer by using the analog board of the Minimoog Voyager
Sismo Lito is the fusion of three of our machines, special design to celebrate our first year anniversary.
A combination of our Qadrox (square wave oscillator), TwinT (sine wave oscillator) and the small Qad4 (square, pulse and lfo) increasing with filter section (connected to square) built in two analogue sequencer (one connected to sine by gate and the other connected to the square triangle by cv).
Polyphony : monophonic
Oscillators : 4 (1x sine – 2x square – 1x triangle
Control : Internal 2x eight step sequencer (1 gate -1 cv)
External 2x cv in, 1x sync in – 3x sync out
Current draw: 12 Volts (center positive)
Dimensions: 15cm (H) x 12,5cm (D) x 13cm (W)
IMPORTANT SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS!
– Do not exceed a 15VDC wall wart
– Make sure the wall wart has at least 300 to 1000mA capacity
Futursonus has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of Parva – a new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control.
The Parva can be configured as a monosynth all the way up to an 8-voice poly synth. Each synth voice offers three analog oscillators, dual multi-mode filters, four 4-stage envelopes, 4 LFOs, sample and hold and 40+ modulation destinations.
- ANALOG – From the oscillators and wave-shapers to the voltage-controlled filters (VCF) and snappy OTA-based voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCA), Parva’s signal path is 100% analog. There’s no DSP here.
- DIGITAL – Parva’s digital controls enable you to save and recall patches instantaneously, change parameters via MIDI, and route LFOs and envelopes to more than 40 destinations in the modulation matrix.
- POLYPHONY – Parva can be configured for up to eight note polyphony. Extremely flexible voice assignment allows you to stack as many voices as you like for more complex sounds, split the keyboard up to eight ways, or both in any combination.
- CONTROL – With its smooth analog potentiometers, Parva gives you direct access to all of the most commonly used parameters. Plus, each section of the synth has additional settings displayed on a high-visibility OLED, so the perfect patch is never more than a click away.
- CONNECTIVITY – Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which allows you to connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Of course, standard MIDI DIN in and out connections and a “normal” USB port are also included, as well as individual outputs for each voice, and a stereo headphone jack.
- CONSTRUCTION – Parva was designed with working musicians in mind, and features an aluminum enclosure, custom-machined aluminum knobs & sturdy panel-mounted pots,
Parva can be configured as an expandable monophonic synthesizer, or as an eight-note polyphonic, eight-voice multi-timbral synth.
Each voice contains the following:
- 3 Digitally-controlled analog oscillators
- Sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms
- New Feature: Variable-width saw waves
- Tunable +/- 5 octaves
- Hard Syncable
- Independent level controls
- 2 serial-connected multi-mode filters
- 24db or 12db low-pass or high-pass modes
- 12db bandpass mode
- Filter FM
- 4 4-stage (ADSR) envelopes
- Exponential curves for punchy attack and natural decay
- Linear mode also available
- New Feature: Loopable envelopes
- Routable to >40 destinations
- 4 LFOs
- Sine, sawtooth, triangle, and square waveforms
- Random sample-and-hold
- New Feature: Stepped LFOs
- Free-running or key-synced
- Routable to >40 destinations
- New Feature: Individual 1/4″ stereo line-level outputs for each voice
- 1/4″ left and right main outputs
- Stereo 1/4″ headphone jack
- MIDI DIN input and output
- USB MIDI port
- USB Master port for direct connection of USB MIDI controllers
The Parva is available to project backers, starting at $499 for the monosynth and $999 for an 8-voice version. See the project site for details.
Scotsman Ken Macbeth was the inventor of the probably biggest analogue synthesizer of nowadays, his model M5. His latest masterpiece – the ELEMENTS as introduced 2014 on the european Musikmesse in Frankfurt is now nearly done and will be finished with some first models at least in 2015. Here he is giving a statement of the status of production and a few examples of the sound for this smart desktop synth. it will be produced probably in very limited numbers as all of his products and will end up as a luxury smart synthesizer with lots of Character. Get an impression now.
XXL Demo from the fantastic soviet Vintage analogue Stringsynthi,
made in the USSR in the Year 1987.
Elektronika Sounds pure and with external Effects.
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Uproar, a unique distortion-based analogue synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Continuing our campaign to rid the world of same-sounding soft synths, we bring you Uproar – a machine that turns traditional analogue synthesis on its head. Instead of filtering harmonically rich waves, Uproar distorts and energises smoother waveforms until they break free of their restraints and go rampaging through downtown New York, smashing everything in their way.
Uproar doesn’t just add distortion – it puts that distortion under the control of ADR envelopes and dedicated LFOs, so that you can create evolving synth patches full of movement and character. Want your pad to have a slowly-building glow of saturation at the same time that its bit depth is spiralling up and down via a sinewave LFO? Want your lead to scream and then subside as its Distortion gain is automatically reduced? Want your synth lines to emerge gradually from a burbling fizz of reduced bits? We’ve got you covered.
Uproar doesn’t just do angry. It can also take trad subtractive synth staples and give them a new lease of life, giving you classic sounds with a fresh twist. It’s great for adding air and harmonic overtone to your sound (with no filters, you never lose that high-frequency breathiness). It can be surprisingly subtle at times (but ssshh, don’t tell it). The base waveforms blend between smooth sines and more complex, erratic waves which we made by eBowing an electric guitar strings: great for more organic, uneven sounds.
- Twin detunable waveform generators: blend between pure sines and erratic, complex eBow guitar strings.
- Three independent distortion types under LFO and envelope control for moving, shifting, evolving harmonic spectra.
- Perfect for high-energy, aggressive synth sounds, or subtler tones with an unusual, airy edge.
Uproar is available at an introductory 15% discount until March 13th, 2015, after which it will be £20 GBP plus VAT.
Improvised live session with composer and synth aficionado Jon Ekstrand, filmed in his studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Jon is using the new MIDI feature in Auxy to sequence his Tempest drum machine, Moog Voyager, Eurorack modular system, and Virus Indigo. Download Auxy free from the App Store: http://appstore.com/auxy