MATRIXSYNTH: Polymoog 203A Synthesizer: A Sonic Exploration

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Polymoog 203A Synthesizer: A Sonic Exploration

Published on Dec 17, 2019 shookmusic

"The Polymoog 203A is such an inspiring instrument. I think it's a very mysterious synthesizer. This video is a personal 'sonic exploration'. I tried to capture how I would use it's sounds to create music.

1. Beat 1 0:00
2. Strings 1 2:17
3. Sample And Hold 3:56
4. Beat 2 5:26
5. Strings 2 7:10

Everything has been recorded using an Audient ASP880 pre-amp / Audient ID22 Audio interface.
Chapter 1 and 4 has an EHX Frequency Shifter enabled in it's signal chain for slow movement. Drums are (samples) from a Korg Minipops. In post the sound has been processed using Waves SSL Compressors and Valhalla Vintage Verb.

In almost all chapters I only have the VCF (voltage controlled filter) with it's own envelope generator enabled in the Polymoog's master gain controls. I did this because this way I can sculpt it's sound more to my liking. It's envelope generator is however monophonic, so there is 're-triggering' happening each time you play something polyphonic. You hear this 're-triggering' best in chapter 1. You could see this as a limitation, but I think it forces you to play more creatively.

Thanks all for your nice comments and support, it is truly appreciated..!

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