Emulate The Moog Polymoog With The New Cherry Audio Polymode

Emulate The Moog Polymoog With The New Cherry Audio Polymode

Post date:

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 08:38


Naomi Bolton

Cherry Audio has already proven their chops when it comes to recreating classic synthesizers in a software form and for their latest softsynth, they turned their attention to the Moog Polymoog. The Polymoog was rather odd, even for its time, but was praised by many users for its lushness and musicality. Moog manufactured the Polymoog between 1975 and 1980 using divide-down oscillator technology. This made it similar to the electronic organs and string synths that were available at the time. It was one of the first polyphonic synthesizers, but issues with reliability as well as the challenge of operating it properly diminished its appeal somewhat. Thankfully, Cherry Audio was able to capture everything that made the original instrument so great while also sidestepping all the drawbacks. They have also expanded the capabilities of the Polymoog to provide users with something truly unique.

Polymode offers 32-voice polyphony and over 150 presets while precisely recreating the unusual paraphonic architecture of the original instrument. This is quite an upgrade considering that the original hardware had less than ten presets available. Many users felt that the original presets were rather underwhelming, so the new ones can demonstrate what this synth is really capable of producing. It offers extensive modulation routings for almost all synthesis parameters and supports numerous modulation sources. Cherry Audio was also able to very accurately recreate "mode" filters and add an expanded resonators section with additional LFO, 12db/24db slopes, and notch mode. It has the classic 24db ladder-style filter, the classic Solina-style tri-chorus mode, and two bonus LFOs with five waveforms and tempo sync. In addition to full MIDI control, it also has full DAW automation for all controls.

The Polymode is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and Standalone formats. It can be bought for $29.00 currently although the regular price is $49.00. Users who want to try out the software before taking the plunge can take advantage of the free 30-day demo which is available. The only limitation with the demo is that it will periodically play white noise, but is otherwise exactly the same as the full version.

For more information or to purchase your copy of the Polymode Synthesizer visit the official Cherry Audio website.