Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard
Dave Smith Instruments PolyEvolver Keyboard

PolyEvolver Keyboard, Hybrid synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments.

Dave Smith Instruments Updates Poly Evolver Keyboard

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The new version has 60 potentiometers among its complement of 78 rotary controls.

Unlike endless rotary encoders, potentiometers allow the full range of a knob's values to be accessed in a single turn of about 300 degrees, the company says. That is designed to simplify filter sweeps and other more performance-oriented gestures. A kit with potentiometer-equipped panel boards is available to convert older Poly Evolvers.

  • 5-octave, semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch
  • Backlit, spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel
  • 512 fully editable Programs (4 banks of 128) and 384 Combos (3 banks of 128)
  • Numeric keypad for direct access of Programs and Combos

For each of the four voices:
  • Oscillators: 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix,and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation), and hard sync; 2 digital wavetable oscillators with Prophet VS waves and wave sequencing capability, FM and ring modulation
  • White noise generator
  • 2 Low-pass filters: 1 analog Curtis filter per channel, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)
  • 3 Envelope Generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR). 4 LFOs
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
  • Analog VCAs
  • Digital high-pass filter
  • Digital delays: 3 separate, syncable, stereo delay lines
  • Tuned feedback with Grunge: use feedback as a pitched sound source
  • Distortion and Output Hack
  • 16 x 4 step sequencer

Ins and Outs
  • MIDI In, Out, Thru, and Poly Chain
  • Stereo audio input: 1/4 unbalanced
  • Main stereo audio output: 1/4 unbalanced
  • Separate stereo outputs (per voice): 1/4 unbalanced
  • Stereo Mix Input: for Poly Chained Poly Evolvers
  • Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch
  • Pedal/CV1 and Pedal/CV2 inputs: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC
  • Headphone output: 1/4 stereo phone jack

Pricing & Availability
The updated Poly Evolver Keyboard is available now with an MSRP of $2,899.00 and an MAP of $2,599.00. The conversion kit requires nothing more than a screwdriver for installation and is available directly from DSI for $399.00 or factory installed for $449.00.

For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.
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