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Polivoks tech specs

  • Company: Formanta
  • Polyphony: Duophonic
  • Timbrality: Monotimbral

The Polivoks (Поливокс, which sounds like quite an exotic name until you realise it's simply a phonetic spelling of Polyvox) was a duophonic synthesiser released in the Soviet Union in the 1980s.


...I've got this weird Russian thing that I found in East Germany called a Polivoks, and that is a bit of a beast. On the front panel, everything's in Russian Cyrillic script, so I don't know what anything does. I've just about worked out where the pitch bend is! But also, things don't do the same thing twice. There's a knob on there that says Ron and one below called 2 Ron, and as far as I can tell, if you touch those, everything goes mental. It's out of control, but lovely.

— Will Gregory, Goldfrapp, 2003[1]

(It's a switch that says "гол", short for "голос", as in "voice". So going from monophonic to duophonic.)

Notable users


  1. "Will Gregory: Recording Black Cherry" Nigel Humberstone, Sound On Sound, Jul 2003


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