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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Mike Darbyshire a part time user from Canada writes:
I bought mine new in 1986 and haven't had any technical problems. There is an obnoxious background noise but on stage it blends in with the all the other noises. The organ and brass souns are good but I haven't had too much success with piano sounds. Like someone else mentioned, it's good for unique sounds which is really the basis of synthesis anyway. I've had the MIDI working to link my drum machine to the sequencer in the Polaris. The manual sucks when it comes to its MIDI capability. Is there a patch librarian available for this thing ?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Emanuel Mian a professional user from Italy writes:
I have now found this beautiful synth and i am now trying to get the much better results...In my studio there are other synths that don't have the thicker sound of the polaris,it has got a really useable ,midi interface and even it is an old synth it transmits all the midi parameters,i cannot say so about the other synth that i have:the roland super jx 10

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
nomad a hobbyist user from usa writes:
actually, the filters ARE analog, they are only 2-pole though, which gives

them a rawer sound. they are CEM based, same chips as in the Akai AX80

and the Oberheim Xpander (that has some extra stuff to give it a 4-pole

mode though). It is all digitally controlled though, 12 bit DAC to all

control signals (except frequency, I think, which is done separately to

the VCOs). It really needs a unison mode....and it NEVER goes out of

tune, this is how my ob-xa gets those REALLY BIG sounds because each

oscillator is slightly out of tune with each other...all in all it is

a great synth though..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
a hobbyist user from usa writes:
this keyboard is a real gem... and if you can find one, it's reasonable in comparison to other analog synths that are midi. (this is a lesser known analog synth, and was the last arp keyboard made but labeled as a fender) the base and mid range sounds are excelent, but i have to say that the high end sounds are thin (but definitely distinctive) i hold this since in the same regard as my monopoly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Corley Brigman a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I like this synth....8 way multitimbral true analog synth. Uses the same

CEM 3374/3372 pair that the Xpander/AX-80 use, so it sounds great.

The 2-pole filters have a wild acid sound, and you can overdrive it

pretty easily (good sounding distortion). 6 voices, only one LFO but

every parameter is attached to a midi CC, so combined with pitch bend

you can create any modulations you want from a sequencer like cakewalk.

draw your own LFOs for anything. only 8 settings for resonance, but i don't

really notice that much. powerful midi control, and supports sync in/out,

can translate sync to/from midi in rates from 12ppq to 192ppq! all in all,

something i don't plan on ever getting rid of...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
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