Polymode offers 32 voices of polyphony, has a classic 24db/octave ladder filter and packs a Solina-style tri-chorus, plus ensemble, phaser, echo, and reverb effects.
The newly added modulation matrix lets you easily assign synth parameters to a number of sources, including two LFOs, VCF, amplifier envelopes, white and pink noise, and more. The synth also expands on the original’s resonator section (low, mid and high state-variable filters) by adding a 24 dB/oct mode and dedicated LFO.
The original Polymoog offered eight presets as jumping off points for sound design, Polymode ups this number to 150. Take a listen to the synth in action below:
The Moog Polymoog launched in 1975 during the salad days of polysynths. Although revolutionary for its time, the synth isn’t without criticism. With its use of divide-down sound generation – more commonly found on organ synths and string machines – the synth offered unlimited polyphony, though at the cost of more complex timbres Moog was known for.
Compared to synths that arrived slightly after it – such as the Sequential Prophet-5 and Yamaha CS-80 – it was considered shallow in programmability. Add to this, the hefty price tag of $5,295 that wasn’t easy to swallow.
But despite all this, the Polymoog was a success, with the likes of Gary Numan and Cat Stevens being some of its most famous adopters.
Cherry Audio’s Polymode Synthesizer is available for an intro price of $29 (usually $49).