Formanta Polivoks

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The Polivoks is the most popular vintage Russian synth made in the early 80's and it was among the first synthesizers produced in the USSR. It's purely analog with two voices of polyphony, two oscillators each with triangle, square, saw, two types of pulse waveforms and one noise generator, the levels of which are controlled via the internal mixer. Although the oscillators can become unstable and difficult to tune, the Polivoks is well suited for making screeching sounds and thunderous bass. You can also connect an external audio input for processing through the Polivoks' switchable dual-mode band pass/low pass filter and LFO sections. The LFO, or "Modulator" offers triangle, square, random and noise waveshapes and can be applied to the oscillator level and pitch or the filter cutoff. There are also two ADSR envelopes for contouring the oscillators and filters.

Polivoks had been produced since 1982 by the Formanta electronic factory (one of the biggest at the time); it was sold exclusively in the USSR. Polivoks has its own unique electronic components including a reliable keyboard (49 notes F to E) made with magnetically controlled contacts and DIN sockets for its three outputs and one input. Its synthesis modules consist of independent circuit boards, which is convenient for maintenance and repair. In addition, Polivoks is housed in an original rugged aluminum body of uncommon design with handy controls.

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13 Visitor comments
Ian C
October 2, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
Tempted! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polivox-Vintage-Soviet-Synthesiser-Polyvox-Polivoks-Po lyvoks-/321219721873
Pedro
July 25, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
any one want to trade a WASP EDP with MIDI with the Polivoks ?
proxy
April 19, 2013 @ 7:05 am
amazing machine was using it almost 10 years but now im looking for minimoog and i have to sale it .if somone intersted please contact me yevgenyalexandrovitch gmail com
aga
April 11, 2013 @ 5:59 am
Need to repair FORMANTA POLIVOKS synth and install CV/Gate. Does anyone know any one who can do it? please contact me contact@agawilk.com
Thanks for info/help!!
spede
April 4, 2013 @ 3:29 am
I had this, and forever regret selling it. The filter is insane! Very aggressive synth.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Two voices
  • Oscillators - 2 osc, 1 Noise Gen. Waveforms: triangle, saw, square, pulse 1 and pulse 2.
  • LFO - LFO speed and modulation (triangle, saw, square, random waveforms)
  • Filter - VCF: ADSR knobs, ADSR mode, cutoff, resonance, BPF/LPF mode, filter LFO level, envelope level.
  • VCA - ADSR knobs, ADSR mode, mod level, keyb memory.
  • Effects - Glissando
  • Keyboard - 49 note duophonic
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1982

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