80's French Synth Recreated

XILS-Lab announces the polyKB      12/03/10
80's French Synth Recreated


XILS-Lab tell us that the polyKB is a recreation of a very rare, very powerful polyphonic synthesizer released in the 80's by a french company. Here's what they have to say about it...
The polyKB is a polyphonic substractive synthesizer based on two waveform morphing, aliasing free oscillators and a self oscilating 4 poles low pass filter. The oscillators take a large part of the sound of this synthesizer but the filter recreating a standard analog chip of the 80's with the help of of very complete modulation section allow the polyKB to create incredible and warm sounds, from georgous bass to slow evoluting pad, through agressive lead and thin cristal keyboards, without fogoten a wide range of special effects. The modulation section of the polyKB acts like a matrix with five dedicated sources (LFO, ADSR,VCO,NOISE,VELOCITY) and five dedicated destinations (VCO 1 and 2 pitch, VCO 1 and 2 waveform,VCF frequency). To increase the sound design possibilities, six menus have being added, two for the sources, four for the destination, with which a wide range of modules can be choosen (Velocity, sequencer ouputs, LFO freq, Filter res, VCO levels, to name but a few) The polyKB brings also a very powerful polyphonic sequencer. The sequencer can record and play 8 voices independently as well as the pitch than the velocity. To control the sequence, a 2 to 128 steps clock system allows a wide range of rythms and patterns. Of course the sequencer outputs can be assigned as a source of modulation, opening the sound posibilities endless. The polyKB offers:
  • two aliasing-free morphing oscillators: from triangle to pulse, through saw.
  • One 4 poles low pass self oscillating filter
  • two envelope generators (ADSR)
  • two MIDI synced LFO
  • One MIDI synced Sample and Hold
  • One 128 steps polyphonic sequencer
  • One arpeggiator
  • Chorus and delay effects
  • Mono/Unison/Poly playing mode with up to 16 voices of polyphony
  • All parameters are MIDI controllable
Pricing and Availability:
Coming soon. Pricing £TBA.
More information:
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Steveo    Said...

Brilliant- i've ben lucky enough to hear a real PolyKobolII and its fabulous - I just hope they've done a good job on the modelling - if so it will be wicked.

13-Mar-10 04:11 PM


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