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.

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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
Michael DeAngelis
December 26, 2013 @ 10:09 pm
I recently installed one of the new front membrane panels mentioned in the previous comments. It was easy to do and it works perfectly. Frankly, I think it looks slightly better than the original although it took me quite a while to notice the very small differences. Bottom line is it just works and it is relatively inexpensive considering what it does. Just get one!

http://www.rhodeschroma.com/?id=polarismembranepanelreplacement
keving
December 21, 2013 @ 7:21 pm
any Polaris users out there have a recommendation for which expression pedal to use? i've tried Moog and Roland models and they don't seem to get along with the polaris at all. and i HAVE tried to follow the manual's instructions thoroughly.
Rob Ocelot
June 15, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
@Monty -- Polaris membranes have always been a big problem until recently. The membranes crack underneath at stress points and usually stop working. There are good replacements available for about $200 from one of the original Polaris engineers on the Polaris Yahoo Group.
monty
May 8, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
what are the membrane buttons like on the Polaris. I saw one going for a reasonable price (£400) recently but stalled on buying it as the seller said some of the membrane switches were playing up. Can anyone comment? cheers
Wahid
January 2, 2013 @ 9:51 am
A very underated synth... the Polaris is better than simple Chroma and have greatest and powerful pad and synthbrass like a OB. The processor and the filters are pretty good and the design... in french is "il a une sacré gueule !" :)
 
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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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