Paracosm has released Polymer – a ‘Polyphonic Voice Distributor’ for OS X that lets you use a group of monosynths as a polyphonic synthesizer.
Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together polyphonically, as if they’re one giant mutant polysynth. You can also alternate notes between different synths in monophonic sequences, layer pads and leads to create songs without leaving the keyboard, or experiment with the outer limits of modular paraphony.
Because it works via MIDI, Polymer is compatible with almost any modern electronic instrument — modulars, samplers, polysynths, even virtual instruments through the OS X IAC Bus.
- Intuitive, animated UI clearly shows which voices are active as you play.
- Works with MIDI-compatible keyboards and sound modules via USB-MIDI interface.
- Compatible with soft synths that can be addressed through the OS X IAC bus.
- No menu diving! All options are present on the screen at all times.
- Control up to 32 MIDI channels simultaneously, for 32-voice polyphony.
- MIDI Merge between unlimited MIDI input channels.
- Velocity, Pitch Bend, and Mod Wheel data are transmitted automatically.
- Forward, Backward, and Random Direction options for choosing the next voice.
- Supports Voice Stealing, allowing for continuous play regardless of available voices.
- Two Algorithms for voice allocation: Static starts at the same voice each time, while Cycle alternates in round-robin fashion.
- Currently limited to one voice per MIDI channel, even for polyphonic synths.
- A USB-MIDI Interface & MIDI Cables.
- Several MIDI-compatible hardware sound modules or keyboards.
- A Master MIDI keyboard or sequencer. Can be hardware connected to your computer, or software-based through the IAC bus.
Polymer is available now for US $19.99 in the Mac App Store.