Behringer has introduced the Poly D synthesizer, a new keyboard that builds on the classic Moog Model D design by adding an extra oscillator, sequencer and effects.
While Behringer calls it a ‘Poly’ synth, it is a paraphonic design that lets you individually control the pitches of its oscillators. The rest of the audio path is essentially a monophonic design.
SOS synth guru Gordon Reid has this to say about describing paraphonic synths as ‘polyphonic’:
“You should never call an instrument ‘polyphonic’ simply because it can play several notes simultaneously.
To earn this description, it must be able to shape each note independently, and without deference to any notes that may already be sounding.”
Here’s what Behringer has to day about their latest synth:
“The 1970s spawned the first truly portable analog synthesizer, and while it was quickly adopted by lots of renowned musical artists including Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Rick Wakeman, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita and Keith Emerson to name a few, it was somewhat temperamental and very expensive.
An ultra-affordable homage to that iconic synthesizer, with all the features of the original and then some, the Behringer POLY D lets you conjure up virtually any monophonic or polyphonic sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on authentic VCO, VCF, VCA and ladder filter designs in conjunction with a dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO. Owning a POLY D is like having your own personal time machine, enabling you to freely embrace the past – or shape the future!”
The Poly D has four Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) that offer 5 waveforms. Oscillators 1, 2 and 3 options include: triangular; triangular/saw; saw; square; wide pulse; and narrow pulse, while OSC 4 features: triangular; reverse saw; saw; square; wide pulse; and narrow pulse. Each VCO can be adjusted across a 6-octave range (LO, 32’, 16’, 8’, 4’ and 2’).
Based on the official video demo, the oscillators can be controlled in three ways:
- Mono – all oscillators on one note
- Unison – two note paraphonic
- Poly – four note paraphonic mode
The Behringer site doesn’t currently have details on the synth’s architecture, but it appears that the rest of the signal path is a monophonic design, with a VCA and a Moog-style 24-dB filter.
Connectivity options include: MIDI I/O and Thru over USB/MIDI DIN; After Pressure and Velocity outputs with their own dedicated ‘volume controls’; internal and external V-Trig I/O; external Loudness, Filter, OSC, and modulation source outputs.
Details on pricing and availability are to be announced.