Vladimir Kuzmin & ELTA Music have announced the Polivoks Mini desktop analog synthesizer.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
The idea for the Polivoks Mini analog synthesizer came into mind in 1990, as the junior version of its older brother, the well-known Polivoks full synth.
The aim was to develop a way simpler and lighter device that has less components, offers the same broad capabilities, and removes possible flows of the Polivoks full synth.
As the result of this research a new minimalistic schematic appeared. It has fewer controls that are compensated by greater functionality. For example, in the Modulator section the Form switch has been replaced by the controller with triangular oscillation in the middle position and sawtooth shape oscillation smoothly increasing/falling in the extreme positions. The controller for the envelope filter input set to zero in the middle position and smoothly increasing its value by turning the knob clockwise while turning the knob counterclockwise increases inverse voltage of the envelope generator.
The main synthesizer sections, such as generator, famous Polivoks filter, multimode envelope generator are essentially the same as Polivoks’s ones and have their unique sound. In addition to that, the main generator of the Polivoks Mini doesn’t require any thermal stabilization and/or adjustment.
In general, the simplified schematic delivers the sound appreciated by wide range of musicians by minimal means but with new capabilities.
Pricing and Availability
The developers say that the Polivoks Mini will be released as a desktop synth module, with integrated USB and MIDI interfaces, priced at US $500. They expect for the new synth to be available in March 2018.