Rhodes Chroma Polaris

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The Chroma Polaris was the second synthesizer made by Fender/Rhodes after they took over ARP, following their classic Rhodes Chroma. It has a classic analog ARP-like sound, kind-of tinny but also fat. Sounds can be layered up to 6 voices. It has typical analog synth controls including a cool 'sweep' knob for sweeping through the LFO or analog filter cutoff parameters. It also has a simple real-time sequencer and 132 memory patches.

Rhodes Chroma Polaris Image

There's also a nice and colorful layout with sliders similar to Roland Juno synths, membrane push-buttons and a large velocity sensitive 61-note keyboard making the Chroma Polaris a very nice synth. Fully MIDI-equipped, the Polaris will transmit and receive all its edit controls through MIDI as well as the ability to play up to three patches at once. Unfortunately they are rare and usually hard to find. It has been used by Leftfield and Jimmy Edgar.

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25 Visitor comments
January 1, 2013 @ 1:20 pm
I have an (I believe) '84 Chroma. It is model number 2123 and serial number 302748. Plays great, seems mint and is only missing two of the black toggle tops. Can anyone tell me what I have. I collect guitars and know knothing of the synth world. It was the ex-wife's and she deemed it to heavy to leave with! Any input would be appreciated.
rob ocelot
October 13, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

Check out the Chroma Polaris Yahoo! group. One of the original Polaris engineers (Paul deRocco) had a new batch of membrane panels made.
September 19, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
just got one from my uncle but the ribbon fix is beyond my expertise. anyone out here know a service center in the US that will take this job on??

August 10, 2012 @ 11:59 pm
Replace the National quad output summer/buffer with:
TL074 to get some ob-xa bite
BB 2134 for more refinement in the upper midrange
June 22, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
I was offered a Polaris for £250 a few years ago. I got put off by the utterly awful presets and the dodgy membrane switches though so decided against it. Kind of regretted it ever since.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's: sawtooth / pw
  • LFO - Sine or square
  • Filter - 4-pole lowpass VCF: cutoff, resonance, env, keyboard, sweep + Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain Decay, Release
  • VCA - ADR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity
  • Memory - 132 patches
  • Control - MIDI (3 to 6 simultaneous patches)
  • Date Produced - 1984
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