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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Nathan Kaines a professional user from USA writes:
I spent a long deciding wether or not to buy this machine, Specially since the sirius dissapointed me so much. But i never got a chance to play a Polymorph, but the online demos and idea of the machine, kept me always lusting after it. After going thru a long time of buying machines and not liking them, i finally bought my polymorph a few weeks ago, from NOVAMUSIK, and apparently i got the last new one in the US. When i first got it, ad turned it on i was dissapointed, mainly because the sounds are very lo-fi. Well compared to my other gear. But i drilled and learned the sequencer and made patches i liked. And i realized how cool this machine is. The sounds are low fi in a great way, and the sequencer makes for the weirdest and scariest textures ive heard. Sure the k5000s, makes some nutty sounds, but the polymorph is fun and easy to use, which makes it a better choice for me than the k5000s.

The manual, of course sucks, but then when have a quasimidi wrote a good manual. i actually think they went out of thier way to make this manual hard to understand. But with the right tweaking and hopefully a knowledge of sequencers its pretty easy.

the build is very good, all the knobs on mine are tighter than most of the tabletop stuff ive had. And the case is very sturdy. and the look, it looks industrial. This synth would be perfect for a minimal noise project, or ambient. with 64 setups and each setup having 8 variations, its easy to get the basis of a song down. Or a whole song in itself. Im so glad i bought mine. never will i sell it, and if someone stole it? the things i would do to them would cause Clive Barker to actually write a good scarey movie.

Sucks though that quasimidi went under, true it makes the polymorph a rare machine, but also takes away my confidence on the polymorph breaking and me getting it fixed easy. Oh well. price pay for such a cool machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 04:27
U-Lab a part-time user from Hungary writes:
PRO - This synth is very punchy and agressiv sounding machine. 3 power oscillators (1 DSP and 2 -good quality- PCM) Fat and hard basses, very-very good and controlled distortion, strange and unique sequences. Best for "Warp recording" and old-school electro, industrial, and EBM.

CONS - No Expansion Cards /Quasimidi Gmbh kaputt..?/, No reverb effects, low quality rotary knobs.

BIG, RARE, AGRESSIVE, BUY IT!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-19-2001 at 13:10
ChemVein a part-time user from USA writes:
This is a solidly built unit, made of sturdy metal that is reassuringly strong (I don’t have to worry about it breaking while I move it like Korg Electribes.) The knobs on my unit are quite smooth and not wobbly at all. Its heavy but not as dense as the Virus is (both are very very well built units)

You have three oscs, one dsp based osc and two sample based oscs which can be replaced by external signals. If the third osc is used (either a sample or external input) the polyphony drops to 8 voices from 16. The second osc can be synced to the DSP one resulting in harsher tones. The VA osc can only be tuned up or down in intervals on an octave (-2, -1, 0, +1, or +2) but the sample based ones can be detuned nicely. The pitch of the VA osc can be modulated positively or negatively by the amplifier.

There are two filters, a highpass and a lowpass both with resonance. The lowpass filter is switchable from a 12dB/oct Oberheim style filter to a 24dB/oct “moogish” filter. The resonance on both can be screeching or booming depending on the settings.

There are three LFOs per voice, one for PWM, one for frequency/pitch and one for the filters. Tri, Sin, two sawtooth waves, and a random wave can be selected. Their rate can be set in arbitrary values from 0 to 126 or can be set to divisions of the internal sequencer (ex: a sin wave that takes 16 steps at 120BPM to complete a cycle.) Don’t expect the pitch LFO to do FM… the osc doesn’t appear to be able to reach audio speeds.

There are three envelopes per voice, one for each filter and an amplitude envelope. These can be used to create anything from bleeps to long pads. The envelopes aren’t fast enough to create any tight kick drums but can create punchy basses with ease. That said, usable kicks can be crated but they’re nothing compared to the ones that can be created on the Virus.

The sequencer can have up to 16 steps and has four separate sequencers per part. One sequences pitch and the other three can be used to modify almost any parameter on the machine. My favorite parameters to sequence are filter cutoff, panorama, and the waveforms of the individual oscs. When using the sequencers carefully, one can have a completely different timbre per note. The sequencers are great but they have one main flaw: you can’t chain together sequences to make a song. The sequencer also won’t transmit MIDI note data without turning the machine into “local off” mode in which case the Polymorph won’t make any sound… so you can either sequence an external device or the Polymorph, you can’t do both.

There are four effects available per part, two multieffects processors (one mono, one stereo,) distortion and EQ. This means that you have effectively 16 effects processors to use on all your sounds (but can only have 4 per part.) They’re all highly usable. Time based effects (such as delay or flanging) can sync to internal clock. The distortion is particularly nasty and works best on monophonic basses and leads. EQ is EQ, ‘nuff said.

SO HOW DOES IT SOUND?

Well?

It covers a lot of sonic ground from Kraftwerk to evil EBM (think Wumpscut.) I use it for industrial and can honestly say that it’s an INDUSTRIAL HELL MACHINE! Does it sound “analog?” Yes and no. It can put out a bassy wall of sound like a Minimoog being run through a distortion pedal… but I’d be hard pressed to get pure liquidy analog sounds out of it. It doesn’t sound like a Jupiter 8 or a Matrix 12. It DOES sound like a raw, brooding, powerful machine that can either belch out nasty buzzes of sound or make eerie atmospherics. I wouldn’t recommend it for people in 80s cover bands, nor would I suggest it to those that make house music or 303 filled trance. It’s a machine suited for the hard and the dark or the painfully beautiful. Do I still want a Virus? Yes, but that’s to cover vanilla analog sounds. There’s a lot of overlap between all the Vas on the market, but simply put, nothing (and I mean NOTHING) sounds like a Polymorph.

If you want to hear my Polymorph doing its “nasty industrial thing,” check out “Fun with the Polymorph” at my mp3.com site. For the lighter side, listen to “Nothing” which is another all Polymorph track. http://www.mp3.com/LyticCycle

~Brandon

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 20:23
Deiter a professional user from Switzerland writes:
The ultimate soundtrack machine and an absolute must for YELLO fans . anyone notice that the so called modelled oscillator (OSC-1) is utter shit but the two sampled ones are bloody marvellous, I wish you could switch off OSC-1 to get more poly instead of valuable OSC3. This is NOT a Va and it doesn`t even MORPH.

despite this, the polymorph is probably the most original stand alone synth out there since the FS1r and I heartily recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2001 at 14:28
Massimo Cerri a professional user from Italy writes:
In my opinion this synth is very vintage style..it look and sounds like old german electronic music stuff..this synth was designed by Klaus Schulze (The real GodFather electronic music)..anyway the sounds are moog osc shaped ..and the analogue sequencer is very nice...you can do fat and very complex sequences ..in very few time..i think is suitable for a lot of musical situations..this is a synth..this is not a toy roland mc303 style box..quasimidi is very famous for the quality..and what they promise ..you get it.. an authentic analogue emulation in tune..but fat..you can see a lot of japanes VA and nordlead & Virus but in true quasimidi have a secret weapon for their osc and their filters..this is not the same VA of all synths..this is more and more a true copy of old analogic stuff..like moog stuff..but like Klause Schulze said "A rose is a rose..a moog is a moog" I can say this "A polymorph is a polymorph" Go and buy it..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-11-2001 at 22:03
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