Monopolyphonix was in many ways a celebration of another successful resurrection of an old classic saved from the grave. Much like the Minimoog, ARP Omni-2 and Novachord left their sonic fingerprints on S-VX and The Orbitone Collection, a recently restored Farfisa Syntorchestra manufactured in 1974, gave its all to the creation of Monopolyphonix…
Why the name? Well the Syntorchestra comes from a strange era quite early on in the history of affordable portable synthesizers where manufacturers were quite experimental and tended to do their own thing. This was especially the case with early polyphonics. The net result is that weird and wacky user interfaces and synth architectures were quite the norm in those days!
What makes the Syntorchestra quite unusual is that it features a complete polyphonic divide down section running in complete isolation in parallel with a basic monosynth each of which capable of producing similar timbres. This is quite unlike the paraphonic synth sections of the ARP Omni for example. The result is a rather odd combination of the perfect pitch characteristics of a polyphonic divide down synth beating, phasing and interacting with the far from perfect pitch tracking of a monophonic synth. With some careful front panel tweaking the two sections can be brought together to produce a surprisingly big sound. It also boasts one of the warmest analog synth pianos I think I’ve ever heard. It’s a very basic sound but really quite beautiful through reverb. The monophonic section can produce an array of chime, twang and almost Theremin type timbres too.
I was really very keen from the start not to let this library turn into yet another virtual offering of an old classic and therefore treated the instrument more as the raw material for an array of new sounds that reached beyond the original.
All sample material captured from a recently restored 1974 Farfisa Syntorchestra. Analog Chorus Unit, RME Fireface.
•165 generously long 24-bit samples
•16 multi-sampled voices/partials
•4-Voice Layering Engine with ability to save
•34 editable example instrument patches
•12 example layered multi patches
•Requires Kontakt version 4.2.4 or higher (Not Kontakt Player)
•Around 250Mb Free Hard Disk Space
Dan Wilson (Hideaway Studio) Synth Restoration, Sound Design, Sample Set & Example Instruments. Stephen Howell (Hollow Sun, RIP) Layering Engine Concept, GUI Design & Graphics. Mario Krušelj Layering Engine Script
Wow! I'm Blown away...
I hardly like the oldstyle machines and I think Monopolyphonix is the very best I've heard. The multi called "Piano Fields" got it all... I make a break just to write this review. It's analog and the Piano sound let the snow melt all around in Sweden. As a composer I compose "Space Synth" instrumental music from the era of 1978-1983, and this is simply my favourite.
Nice vintage synthetic orchestra instrument
This is a really good-sounding, vintage synthetic orchestra instrument. It's another single-tab, 4-voice layering instrument that Hideaway Studio often uses, with a familiar interface that is straight-forward, easy to use, quick, and effective. The interfaces generally differ in graphics and vertical/horizontal layouts but the well-planned basic functionality, effects, and IRs are comfortably consistent between libraries, with minimal modifications between units (e.g., Monopolyphonix has AD instead of ADSR; velocity level knobs are absent). Multis don't appear to pose any CPU surprises with Hideaway synths (I've had as many as seven running simultaneously without issues). No sequencers/ARPS, "morphing" is via old-school DAW automation/MIDI-learn, and the seemingly-simple LFO (actually bipolar) and Tone controls deserve attention when reading the manual. The manual is well written: The technical aspects are clear and consistent, and the background and historical insights are a delight. The creation, quality and selection of samples/voices (Monopolyphonix has 16 voices for over 65000 voice combinations) are the major differences between many Hideaway Studio libraries, and those aspects are very well done. The simplicity and streamlined features are double-edged swords, but this is another Hideaway Studio synth I'm still giving five stars because of its ease of use and the quick, consistent, good results you get.
Seventies forever! Fly, fly away...
Another vintage synth emulation / library from Hideaway Studio. Smooth sounding, pretty retro, with a lot of reverb to fly high in the clouds. Dan Wilson managed to get a lot of diverse sounds out of this blast from the past. A lot inspiring instruments and a couple of multis to get you started with tweaking. Recommended!
Good for the price
Not my favorite of Hideaway's, but it's still good. Not as many patches and options for sounds as the others, but the interface is very well laid out and is ripe for tweaking.