The Polivoks (Rus.: Поливокс) was designed by Vladimir Kuzmin with input on the aesthetics from his wife Olimpiada who was apparently inspired by Soviet military radios of the time.
In production between 1982 and 1990 the Polivoks was manufactured at the Formanta Radio Factory in Kachkanar, Russian SFSR. With a retail price upon release of 920 rubles around 100,000 Polivoks were manufactured - peaking at a production rate of up to 1,000 units a month! Despite this, the Polivoks is not all that commonly seen an instrument outside of Russia.
SOLO SYNTH ENGINE
It may be full of bizarre old Russian transistors the size of small flying saucers, plastic that feels like it was made from recycled Christmas cracker toys and easily winning the most horrific key-action ever made contest.. I truly adore this wonderful old analog chameleon of an instrument!
As always with all of my Kontakt Libraries the raw sample material has been captured faithfully and directly from the instrument (including in this case a few samples taken via a gorgeous 1968 Bruel & Kjaer type 2107 all- tube swept band pass lab filter). The Solo Synth Engine retains the sonic character of the instrument and yet helps to present it in a new light permitting a wide range of tonal colours, textures and landscapes to be explored. With this in mind I have included many example patches in the library which I think will help to show the full potential of the Polivox library.
UNIQUE FILTER DESIGN
Although intending to appear and sound similar to the Minimoog it has been said that Vladimir never had access to the instrument or indeed any technical information. On examining the schematics, I'd have to agree and go so far as to say the Polivoks is a very different beast indeed on a technical footing. Some have said the instrument was a poor man's Minimoog but I truly think this is disingenuous to say the least as it sports some interesting unique features such as looping envelopes, a particularly efficiently implemented duophonic note assigner, and a quite remarkable and unique filter design.
In fact, whilst producing the original patches for this library I have been particularly taken by the filter on this unique instrument which is like nothing I've ever heard before. Sporting both Low Pass and Band Pass modes it can be quite an untamed beast at times but with care also capable of producing some really quite beautiful timbres.
- This library requires the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher. (Not Kontakt Player)
- Approximately 685MB of free hard disk space is required.
- 845 24-bit Samples
- 64 Example Instruments
- 66 Example Layered-Multis
- User Manual
- Audio Demo
The Polivox is a nice surprise! I expected a more generic-sounding synth instrument, but this thing has tons of character. It can do rich/evolving or cheap/oddball equally well, with a nice depth and texture throughout. The whole thing sounds more interesting and has more variety then I expected.
Hideaway Studio has done a fantastic job in both the patch programming and sampling, and a lot of the character and quality of the final instrument are due to this.
By the way, my Russian isn’t so good either—but when you hover your mouse over a control, it is labeled (in English, of course) in the Info pane at the bottom of the Kontakt window. In any case the interface is nicely designed and simple to learn, and the user manual is well-written, with some nice advice on playing the instrument and using the GUI.
Plenty of nice sounds.
I will eventually use this for Chillout. There's plenty of nice sounds to blend with other synths or just stack this in a project. If Hideaway Studios has a fan club I'm in.
Rough, raw, retro..
A wonderful sample instrument on basis of an old Soviet synth. A rough, raw and retro sound. Lots of character. Many presets, a collection of interesting multis.This is a unique addition to any sound library. Recommended!
This is a great sounding synth and is unique. You don't hear this kind of sound so it stands out. Lots of presets. Great quality in sound.
Sounds from behind the iron curtain
This is an unusual soft synth both in terms of the user interface and the sounds which can be coaxed from it. Unlike any other software or hardware synth I own. A little confusing to look at, but don't let that discourage you from exploring the sonic possibilities under the hood.
Like all Hideaway Studio instruments, very well sampled and programmed., and it has provided sounds for me which add real character and grit to tracks.
Authentic Russian Synth sound. I really love this unique emulation!