PolyMAX Synthesizer Designed For ‘Fat Tones From The Golden Age Of Analog Polyphonic Synths’

Universal Audio has introduced PolyMAX, a vintage-inspired synth that they say is designed to give you “fat tones from the golden age of analog polyphonic synths”.

“The iconic sound of analog synthesizers from the 70s and 80s left their stamp on countless records and film scores of the era, and are revered to this day for their lush harmonics and ability to sit easily into any mix,” says Bill Putnam, Jr., CEO of Universal Audio. “PolyMAX is inspired by these timeless sounds and fits seamlessly into any DAW?based workflow.”


  • Capture the lush harmonics and warm bottom-end of the best polysynths ever made from the 70s and 80s, created with UA’s analog modeling expertise
  • Onboard UA effects include the digital “Hall B” reverb, and ‘vintage analog’ phasers, flangers, and tape delay
  • Dial in the perfect sound quickly with an intuitive user interface and ‘album-ready’ presets
  • Available natively via UAD Spark subscription ($19.99/month) or as a perpetual license ($199) for Apollo interface and UAD hardware owners (AAX, VST, AU)

Here’s the official tour of PolyMAX:

Pricing and Availability:

PolyMAX Synth is available now for $199 USD.

6 thoughts on “PolyMAX Synthesizer Designed For ‘Fat Tones From The Golden Age Of Analog Polyphonic Synths’

  1. This softsynth sounds pretty solid, but I already have half a dozen that will make similar sounds. Was amused by their “golden age” comment, because I think we’re living through the true golden age of analog right now.

  2. So many softsynths but all are at least worth a peek. It usually boils down to the UI and Arturia has done a great job there, expecially with the modulation and MSEG capabilities of most, if not all of their synth remakes and originals. So when I see a barebones softsynth, or one with a thousand knobs like Cherry Audio synths, I just auto-pass even if it sounds good cause there’s so many. But when you see Pigments or Phase Plant or Serum, you stop and take a look because the capabilities look a bit more refreshing than what you’d get from hardware-only.

  3. You need Apollo/UAD hardware if you buy?? I’m sad that such good sounding synths are crippled by bad bundling. Similar thing with Super 8, made clunky because of Reaktor, instead of being a lightweight independant VST.

  4. I tried to use the PolyMax but it immediately started using 20% of my CPU. Diva only uses about 2-3%. Seems like they need to do some optimizations.

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