MATRIXSYNTH: Fender Rhodes Chroma Polaris Synthesizer

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fender Rhodes Chroma Polaris Synthesizer


via this auction

"This Chroma Polaris is fully functional and in very good condition. This unit has a new top membrane panel! Looks great!

The Chroma Polaris was the second synthesizer made by Fender/Rhodes after they took over ARP, following their classic Rhodes Chroma. It has a classic analog ARP-like sound, kind-of tinny but also fat. Sounds can be layered up to 6 voices. It has typical analog synth controls including a cool 'sweep' knob for sweeping through the LFO or analog filter cutoff parameters. It also has a simple real-time sequencer and 132 memory patches.

There's also a nice and colorful layout with sliders similar to Roland Juno synths, membrane push-buttons and a large velocity sensitive 61-note keyboard making the Chroma Polaris a very nice synth. Fully MIDI-equipped, the Polaris will transmit and receive all its edit controls through MIDI as well as the ability to play up to three patches at once.

Polyphony - 6 voices
Oscillators - 2 VCO's: sawtooth / pw
LFO - Sine or square
Filter - 4-pole lowpass VCF: cutoff, resonance, env, keyboard, sweep + Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain Decay, Release
VCA - ADR
Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity
Memory - 132 patches
Control - MIDI (3 to 6 simultaneous patches)
Date Produced - 1984"


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