Quasimidi PolyMorph

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The all new PolyMorph sequencer / synthesizer is a full featured and powerful virtually analog synthesizer that assumes an evolved form and purpose of its breakthrough hit predecessor - the RaveOLution 309! First the sounds: the PolyMorph is basically four synths loaded with synth and drum sounds geared towards electronica and other forms of synthesizer music. Individual ADSR's and filters per oscillator make for a totally tweakable and flexible synthesizer. The sequencer: 16 step, 8 variations, 4 parts or instruments. Parts and even notes can be muted or changed in real time to build and decompose your grooves or synth textures. There are also preset phrase patterns to play around with.

Aside from sounding quite nice, the PolyMorph is beefed up by a great set of effects. Add distortion, EQing, reverb, chorus, flange, etc. to each of the four parts independently! The controls, knobs and sequencer can all be controlled via MIDI for in-studio use, however the impressive multi-effects implementation alone is a major hint that the PolyMorph is a machine suited for live, DJ and on the fly music production. The PolyMorph is for those of you looking to create synth music from a stand-alone box that is not entirely focused on dance. It is used by Orbital, Jean-Michel Jarre and the Prodigy.

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18 Visitor comments
Joerg Schaaf
May 25, 2013 @ 11:06 pm
The Quasimidi Nucleus was planned as a Polymorph with more voices and a keyboard. What you see at that picture isn't a prototype - it's just the dummy. The Nucleus never reached the prototype level. The project was cancelled shortly after the musicmesse in Frankfurt, where the Nucleus was presented under glass. Does anyone remember the photon? Nearly the same story but a little bit earlier.

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denis langevin
February 14, 2013 @ 7:59 pm
what a really nice synth. got mine directly from germany in mint condition . great for electronica music. pots little bit fragile.
February 14, 2013 @ 10:40 am
There is no synth that sound like the Polymorph sounds. I´ve got mine only in 2007, had no $ left when it was available new by QM. It´s so sad that they never developed the Nucleus to production status. Back in the time, 1997/98 Friedhelm from QM said that there were not enough interest from buyers side and thats why they didn´t go any further with the Nucleus, the target price was to be around DM 5000.- (deutsche mark)/EUR 2500.-
I´m looking forward to buy a 2nd one. Most pots got wobbly (no parameter jumps though), so I desoldedered all 44 and replaced them + the LCD to white on black.
November 11, 2012 @ 4:44 am
The PolyMorph still is an interesting concept, very tweaker-friendly and inspiring, great for live performances as well as studio work, and it sounds good, at least I dig its wonderfully gritty and and sometimes harsh tone. However, just like the 909 it wants to be the MIDI clock master of the bunch if you're going to do some real-time tweaks, otherwise switching sequence patterns may lead to lags. It's nothing that can't be worked around, though, you just have to be creative. Well worth checking out if you can find it for a decent price.
Edgar Froese
September 25, 2012 @ 5:43 am
@henry: You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Klaus Schulze has been using 7 Polymorphs and 7 Rave-O-lution 309's live for many years now, which you would have known if you searched for "Klaus Schulze Rheingold" on utube as a previous comment suggested. As for Quasimidi synths not sounding good: That's your opinion. You probably never owned one, and again you have no clue what you are talking about.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices to 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 per voice with 128 waves (sine, saw, square, pwm, tri, etc.), 30 sampled waves, noise, external audio-in
  • LFO - 3, sine, tri, saw, square, sample/hold
  • Filter - 2 resonant 12dB high pass and 12/24dB lowpass
  • Effects - 2 per part: Distortion, 2-band EQ, delay, chorus, flange
  • Keyboard - none
  • Memory - 128 patches, 64 performances
  • Control - MIDI (4 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1999
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Quasimidi's old web-site.

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