Behringer Poly D Analogue 4 Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer
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Analogue 4-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer with 37 Full-Size Keys, 4 VCOs, Classic Ladder Filter, LFO, BBD Stereo Chorus, Distortion, 32-Step Sequencer and Arpeggiator
The first portable analogue synthesizer was released in 1971, and although it was rather pricey and could be temperamental, keyboard superstars of the era were quick to embrace it. In the ensuing decades, its celebrated sounds graced countless concerts, records, and film scores.
Now we present to you Behringer’s homage to the iconic monosynth, and there are some exciting surprises waiting for all synth fans who have been aching to get their hands on one of these legendary products!
First off, the Behringer Poly D packs four voices of polyphony - instead of one - inside its classic, 37 key wood-trimmed chassis, and second - it is amazingly affordable!
The Behringer Poly D packs in all the features of the original, and then some.
- Analogue synthesizer with quadruple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
- 4-Voice polyphonic/paraphonic design with mono, unison and polyphonic mode
- 37 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity functionality
- Authentic reproduction of original "D Type" circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
- Ultra-high precision 0.1% Thin Film resistors and Polyphenyline Sulphide capacitors
- Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
- 5 variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths for ultimate sounds
- Classic 24 dB ladder filter with resonance for legendary sound performance
- Amazing stereo chorus based on authentic circuitry
- Distortion circuitry adds insane spice and edge to your sounds
- Easy-to-use voltage controlled 32-step sequencer with 64 sequence locations
- Arpeggiator with wide patterns for great sound effects
- Switchable low/high pass filter mode for enhanced sound creation
- Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
- Noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
- 84 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- External audio input for processing external sound sources
- Stereo outputs featuring servo-balanced output stages for highest signal integrity
- Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
- 3-Year Warranty Program
- Designed and engineered in the U.K.
The 1970's spawned the first truly portable analogue 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 analogue signal path is based on authentic VCO, VCF, VCA and ladder filter designs in conjunction with a dedicated and fully analogue 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!
True to the Original
Great care has been taken in designing the POLY D including the true to the original “D Type” circuitry with its matched transistors and JFETs, ultra-high precision 0.1% thin film resistors and polyphenylene sulphide capacitors.
This highly-focused attention to detail is what gives the POLY D its ultra-flexible sound shaping capability, which covers everything from super-fat bass and lead tones, stunning effects, progressive organ sounds – and all the way out to the otherworldly sounds of your imagination.
Big, Fat Tones
The inspired synthesizer tracks laid down in the 1970's and 80's are etched in the annals of progressive rock, wave and synth-pop music forever, making them truly classic in every sense of the word.
POLY D’s pure analogue signal path with legendary VCO, VCF and VCA circuits, lets you recreate all of that magic – or design incredibly fat and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!
Three Modes to Choose From
With the Behringer POLY D, you can get the best of three worlds by switching between monophonic, polyphonic or unison modes.
With the POLY D set to Mono, you can have the characteristics of a classic monophonic synth with fuller, more expressive solos, bass lines and portamentos.
Flipping the switch to Poly allows you to play more than one note at the same time to produce stunning chord harmonies and luscious pads that add soul and depth to your music.
Unison Mode thickens up your sound by layering all of the POLY D’s voices on top of each other, adding more harmonic content and creating a richer sound.
The POLY D has four highly-flexible Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO's) that provide an incredible range of 5 waveforms for sculpting the perfect sound.
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.
Additionally, all 4 VCOs can be adjusted across an extremely-wide, 6-octave range (LO, 32’, 16’, 8’, 4’ and 2’). This amazing flexibility gives you all the tools you need to be your creative best.
24 dB Ladder Filter and VCA
The very heart of the POLY D’s sound is its highly flexible 24 dB Ladder Filter, which lets you freely experiment with the Cutoff Frequency, Emphasis and Contour to dial in the perfect sound.
POLY D’s Filter Mode switch can be set to either Lo- or Hi-pass for selecting the range of your choice. You can also adjust the Attack, Decay and Sustain controls to affect the cutoff frequency with time.
Controls & Connectivity
We just can’t help ourselves – like you, we're gear-heads, too.
For those who want the numbers, POLY D has 84 controls, all laid out in a highly-intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation.
Input and output connections 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.
Unleash Your Imagination
When it comes to not just pushing envelopes but creating them, POLY D gives your imagination its voice – and it’s so very affordable.
When modern performance calls for classic analogue sound – it calls for the Behringer POLY D!
This synth is what it says it is.
It's a clone of the Minimoog Model D, but it's paraphonic, has an arpeggiator and sequencer. It has a separate LFO, but if you use oscillator 4 you have two LFOs.
It sounds great and sounds like it's original Moog synth.
Read the Moog Model D instructions first. They are better, then read the Behringer instructions to get the extra info that makes it different.
Should be called the Model D Plus. Technically it's not polyphonic, you can play 4 note chords, but there is only one envelope for all four notes, hence paraphonic.
I recommend it over the Moog because it's cheaper but better speed. The build quality is great, nobs feel solid, nothing feels cheap and nasty.
Remeber this is analogue all the way, MIDI transmits velocity and aftertouch. You cant clock sync as far as I can see.