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An analog/digital hybrid synth that gives you direct access to 512 fully editable programs.
The Poly Evolver PE Keyboard Synthesizer is Dave Smith Instruments' flagship synthesizer, a nearly-knob-per-function knockout that sounds unlike any other synth out there (except another Evolver, of course!). Don't like a high-end hardware synthesizer that requires wading through endless menus to program? Not an issue with the Poly Evolver's 78 knobs (60 of them are potentiometers) and 58 buttons, including a keypad for direct access to programs.
An analog/digital hybrid, the four-voice Dave Smith Poly Evolver PE features four oscillators per voice (two analog and two digital) in a unique stereo voice architecture with one real Curtis analog low-pass filter per channel. The digital processing does not simply add effects at the end of the signal chain, but is tightly integrated with the analog electronics for tuned feedback, distortion, bit crushing, and synced delays. The Dave Smith synthesizer can also process external audio and has separate stereo outputs for each voice.
The Dave Smith Poly Evolver PE keyboard synth is capable of producing sounds ranging from classic analog to more brash and edgy digital sounds. It is also multitimbral, with the ability to play up to four parts simultaneously through separate stereo outputs. In addition, it can process external audio.
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Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver PE Keyboard Synthesizer:
The Manual is TERRIBLE, it BARELY describes operation.
The manual also does NOT list what the waveforms are, it just states that they are the same as used in the Sequential Circuits Prophet V... gee thanks, that synth has not been made since 1984!
Search the Web for "The Definitave Guide To Evolver" and download the manual written by Anu Kirk - solves this problem.
Also, there is NO Patch Edit Software included, so there is no way to back up your programs and combos!
There is one made by a third party and can be purchased for about fifty. Sadly the software is not by SoundQuest, it is another company, so while lacking features, it does the basic job of backup/restore patches, and patch editing.
This synth ROCKS! The keys are fantastic, the sounds you can make are awesome, and the sequencer is VERY versitile.
If you are an experienced synth programmer/player, you will love this machine - TOP Quality all the way!
If you are a novice, learn synths on a free VST download type synth and see if you really want to take the time to learn how synths work and what they can do.
Remember this is NOT a workstation pre-loaded with sampled sounds like piano's and cello's, etc.
This is a true synthesiser.
Bottom Line: Synth Professionals - BUY ONE - it's a Blast!