Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard

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PolyEvolver Keyboard, Hybrid synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments.

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  • Manufacturer: Dave Smith Instruments
  • Model: PolyEvolver Keyboard
  • Category: Hybrid synthesizers
  • Added in our database on: 12/24/2004

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Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 6 reviews )
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AlanForPresident's review"pricey"

Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
This Electronic Keyboard has a ton of sound on it that I think are spectacular. It is probably one of my favorite poly keyboards. The bad thing about this keyboard is that the price makes it un buy able. There is no way that the average person on a budget can afford to pay for this piece of gear. This keyboard coast as much as all of my gear at home put together. It is a mix between an analog and digital machine and the possibilities with the Dave Smith Instruments Poly Eveovlver are endless. You can just do so much with this gear. It has a vintage look, but with more of a digital sound and feel to it. Its like an old school new piece of gear. I really wish I could use this machine all the time, the amount of time I get to use it is really slim due to the fact that I don’t own it.


The sequencer is something that I am still having problems with. I havent quit figured it out yet, plus when I use it I don’t have a manual so that could be part of the problem. I am jus winging everything and just exploring and figuring it out on my own. Which isn’t a problem, but I have heard the manual is a headache to read through and understand.


The sounds are great, I haven't heard many other machines that sound as good as this one does. So that could be part of the price problem. I guess you get what you pay for.


The look of this unit is very futuristic and retro at the same time. I am actually surprised that more people are buying these up. But again , that could be due to the price point with it. The sounds one this keyboard can be used in almost all types of music, its just great.

Fredgafieira's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" dangerous!"

Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
Overall it is a hybrid analog / digital, with lots of knobs for direct control over the entire chain synthesis + integrated part sequencer.
The PEK is actually the equivalent of four versions of the Evolver rack. 4 channels are available simulatnément. BUT if 4 different notes can be played simultaneously, this is no longer the case for some instruments that require multiple channels alone .. But the system runs well and lights show to each note where we are in the polyphony.
(See the spec of the machine for the rest: OSC, LFO, filters, etc ...)
The sequencer, I come back later.
4 separate stereo audio outputs transmit, each turn, each note played .. I see not well the interest of these outings! A main stereo output allows more simply to have her at any time.
Is a utility for editing but that only works in stand-alone, not as a VSTi, shame!


There are 128 preset, divided into four banks. The sounds are mixed. As a DAW, you better have a "patchnamescriptlist ..." to organize it all! I've been getting in cubase do mine ;-)
It can therefore transmit MIDI CC message to call an instrument and only one!
To play several different instruments, we must switch to COMBO (which will of course be limited to 4 channels). It then defines four preset and assigned each a MIDI channel (1 to 4).
OK .. except that it is impossible to send a CC to change instruments on the fly in a COMBO! it will change the combo and not preset. A little heavy when you want to test different instruments from the DAW ..
The manual is sufficient. However there is another guide on the net that extensive use of PEK and notament the sequencer.
Precisely, the sequencer ..
It has 16 pot to adjust to wish each step that can be routed to any kind of modulation. We can therefore make a near-infinite time in search of a sequence! .. Once the sequence obtained, it can be used in a combo with other instruments.


The sounds are varied and very unexpected for some! (Lower the volume before testing ..) Clearly there are sounds that dismantle! most have really fishing. After it's like anything, they must find their place in a mix.
This synth is well suited to experimentation with sounds that I sometimes struggle to integrate into my songs. His sound design possibilities seem oversized when compared to my style of music. More than a C Virus I have already.


I own the PEK for 3 years and uses it to each of my songs. He therefore at his place near my Orbit and my Proteus Virus C. I would have preferred a simple arpeggiator instead of the step-sequencer, too long to plan for my taste.
Q / P? bah above € 2,000 is enough! I was lucky to have him for just € 1400 through a reseller in the USA. Otherwise ...
And that famous kit to replace the pots, allowing among other correct pblm of knob ... I hope mine hold out to avoid being off-budget! ...
Not to repeat this choice. I orienterai possibly to the Prophet or Moog Phatty.

chainsaw444's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Defective"

Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
Synthe 4 oscillators. 2 analog 2 digital. The sounds are really good and it is easy to modulate them to draw things experimental.


The sound editing is quite simple.


The sounds are great.


This is the only topic that interests me today:

I bought this synthesizer there is barely a month (new course) by mail to a London store seriously. I received it with no problem but he went completely ******* for a week.
One morning when I turned it on, the part Delay is gone completely mad: it continues to send information like I would select the non-stop, making the synth unusable.
Since today the sounds begin to sizzle.

I contacted the store and of course it is still guaranteed, but I must send them at my expense (approx 230 euros). and after them the returns in the United States ...

Next time I would buy in a shop in France willing to pay a little more .. or rather the next time I would take anything other than Dave Smith.

jean-yves75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
5 octaves, 4 channels polyphony, the sound is adequate for large trs.


It is hybrid configuration differs from a traditional analog.
The edition of the sounds is comfortable.
Manual in English, is unfortunate.


Dpend with this kind of music you want to use it.
The sounds can be ralistes (brass hell for example, many low and large granular research opportunities numrique)

The effects are effective but not essential to use Pro.

Expression, trs well, the keyboard is enjoyable with the wheels as the Voyager.

All sounds that can be drawn are effective, just know the program. For example, one can draw sounds track six of Propht 5, T8, VS, with a super EHJV but with something more sign of Smith.


I use depui 5 days.

It is expensive but worth it because this synth is well thought out and trs trs RALIS well.

But I sold because it is really too modern for my style of music. Nanmoins, over time, if I do not sell, I keep it because it really has a lot of personality and even apart from the fact it will never be the synthesis of all!

I must admit that on this one was the D Smith trs trs fort.

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