Moog Minimoog vs. ПОЛИВОКС Polivoks Synthesizer – sound battle

November 13, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Moog Minimoog vs. ПОЛИВОКС Polivoks Synthesizer – sound battle 

the battle 😉
Moog Minimoog (USA 1978) vs. Formanta Polivoks (USSR 1982)

The Polivoks is no Minimoog copy!
The MM has three VCOs and the PV two of them. The PV has a lowpass and a bandpass filter, loop envelopes, auto trigger, a LFO with different waveforms and a lot more features.

This demo video only show the character of the two synths with near indentical sound programs.
I used not VCO3 in the Minimoog and not the bandpass filter in the Polivoks.

Both are fantastic synths with unique sound character.

Polivoks Synthesizer sequenced MIDI via Dotcom modules

October 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Polivoks Synthesizer sequenced MIDI via Dotcom modules 

Background video description:

I still intend to do a full Polivoks demo but I was having fun with this sequence so I had to share. I love the vibrato-like modulation I used on oscillator one. This Polivoks has a MIDI IN / THRU mod, and I’m using the quantizer bank aid Q172’s MIDI out to transmit CV for pitch via the Q119 sequencer.

POLIVOKS Synthesizer “Radio Moskva 1982”

August 15, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on POLIVOKS Synthesizer “Radio Moskva 1982” 

Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the Polivoks
supported by UVI:

all synthesizer & drum sounds: POLIVOKS Analog Synthesizer – Made in USSR 1982
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay

Time machine featuring the ПОЛИВОКС – POLIVOKS Analog Synthesizer (1982)

July 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Time machine featuring the ПОЛИВОКС – POLIVOKS Analog Synthesizer (1982) 

Vintage synthesizer featuring the classic Polivoks synth
supported by UVI:

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.

Taking a closer look at the russian Formanta Polivoks Duophonic Synthesizer

August 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Taking a closer look at the russian Formanta Polivoks Duophonic Synthesizer 

The Polivoks is the most popular vintage Russian synth made in the early 80’s and it was among the first synthesizers produced in the USSR. It’s purely analog with two voices of polyphony, two oscillators each with triangle, square, saw, two types of pulse waveforms and one noise generator, the levels of which are controlled via the internal mixer. Although the oscillators can become unstable and difficult to tune, the Polivoks is well suited for making screeching sounds and thunderous bass. You can also connect an external audio input for processing through the Polivoks’ switchable dual-mode band pass/low pass filter and LFO sections. The LFO, or “Modulator” offers triangle, square, random and noise waveshapes and can be applied to the oscillator level and pitch or the filter cutoff. There are also two ADSR envelopes for contouring the oscillators and filters.

Polivoks had been produced since 1982 by the Formanta electronic factory (one of the biggest at the time); it was sold exclusively in the USSR. Polivoks has its own unique electronic components including a reliable keyboard (49 notes F to E) made with magnetically controlled contacts. Its synthesis modules consist of independent circuit boards, which is convenient for maintenance and repair. In addition, Polivoks is housed in an original rugged aluminum body of uncommon design with handy controls.

“Here is a Russian Formanta Polivoks Duophonic Synthesizer that was recently in for repair at The Analog Lab in NYC. It is a harsh sounding nasty beasty. Its basically impossible to get a sweet sound out of this thing, so we decided to go with a brash piece by Modest Mussorgsky…Hooray Russia! The guts of this thing are also pretty solid. Soviet era parts all over the place with plug-in circuit boards. The schematics for this synth are actually pretty decent. Strange grounding system and output connectors. The Polivoks just feels cheap, like you might break it by playing it, but damn, it can get in your face!

Synth exploration: POLIVOKS Filter Demo

July 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Synth exploration: POLIVOKS Filter Demo 

Here’s  a new video focusing on filters appearing on the Russian Polivoks synth:

It’s a strange synth. But what great filter …. can be switched from low pass to bandpass in an instant. It also posesses two envelopes that can be looped over the attack-decay sections.

I understand that Rammstein use this synth as does Franz Ferdinand.

This is the first of two videos comparing an original Polivoks Filter to one of its many clones.
In this demo, its Blue Lantern’s LM4250 VCF.

Im starting with an open filter… Cutoff at max – level 6, resonance at 0.
I’ll update this later with a more detailed explanation of the controls (for those who cant read Russian).
Modulation is via an LFO on the extreme left and an ADSR envelope.

Russian Polivoks Synth For Ableton

June 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Russian Polivoks Synth For Ableton 

Design the Media has released a new Ableton Live Pack designed by Tristan Héau, with a collection of more than 300 samples from the Russian Polivoks synth. They say that the sounds were carefully recorded, using an accurate tuner and Apogee preamps in order to catch that raw, nasty, analog sound from this eastern beast.

Tristan also created specific drum kits, Simpler presets (made from simpler and sampler live instruments) and custom instruments Racks (with esoteric macro knobs to be mapped to your favorite midi controller).

A spokesperson told us, “In the project folder under you will find all the samples organized by category. For example, you will find any possible combination of perfectly tuned oscillators of the polivoks – sine alone, sine with square, sine with triangle etc. All recorded waveforms were made with a tuner so that this material can be used more easily for sampling. You’ll be very surprised to hear how those analog waveforms sound. Then, they are some more classic waveforms – bass and lead sounds, all kind of noise sources, great feedback tones, and more exotic recording made while pushing this analog monster into his limit – hi rez, filter sweeps, unstable patches and more.”

Pricing and Availability:
Free download.

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