The first truly portable analog synthesizer was released in 1971. Although it was rather pricey and could be temperamental, keyboard heavies of the era were quick to embrace it; and in the ensuing decades, its celebrated sounds graced countless concerts, records, and film scores. Now Leaseville is excited to present to you Behringerâ€™s homage to that iconic monosynth, and there are some exciting surprises waiting for all synthesists who have been aching to get their hands on one of these legendary synths. First off, the Behringer Poly D packs four voices of polyphony â€” instead of one â€” inside its classic, 37-key wood-trimmed chassis; and second â€” it is amazingly affordable! Otherwise, it packs all the features of the original â€” and then some.
The inspired synth tracks laid down in the 1970s and â€™80s are inscribed in the annals of progressive rock, jazz fusion, new wave, and synth-pop forever, making them fully classic in every sense. The Poly Dâ€™s pure analog signal path with renowned VCO, VCF and VCA circuits, lets you re-create all that storied magic â€” or craft original, incurably obese sounds and blaze your own musical path.
Behringer meticulously crafted the Poly D, staying true to the original D-type circuitry with its matched transistors and JFETs, ultra-high-precision 0.1% thin film resistors, and polyphenylene sulfide capacitors. This painstaking attention to detail is what gives the Poly D its ultra-flexible sound-shaping capabilities, which cover the gamut from ultra-fat basses and searing lead tones, brilliant effects, classic prog rock organ sounds, all the way to the warped sounds of your deepest sonic dreams.
With the Poly D, you have your choice of three modes: monophonic, polyphonic, or unison. With Mono, you have the characteristics of a classic monosynth like the original D, but with even fatter and more expressive bass lines, blistering solos, and swoopy portamentos. Flip the switch to Poly, and you can play up to four-note chords to produce luscious chord harmonies and pads that add soul and depth to your music. Unison Mode thickens your sound by layering all the Poly Dâ€™s four voices on top of each other, adding harmonic content for a richer sound. To enrich your tone even further, Behringer includes two beloved circuits from the â€™80s: a J60-modeled BBD Stereo analog Chorus, and a DS1-modeled analog Distortion (overdrive) circuit.
The Poly D has four highly versatile Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) that deliver an incredible range of five waveforms for sculpting your blockbuster sounds. Options for oscillators 1, 2, and 3 include triangular, triangular/saw; saw, square, wide pulse, and narrow pulse; OSC 4 offers triangular, reverse saw, saw, square, wide pulse, and narrow pulse waves. Whatâ€™s more, you can adjust all four VCOs across an extremely wide, six-octave range (LO, 32', 16', 8', 4' and 2'). This impressive flexibility gives you everything you need to be your creative best.