Hollow Sun Soviet Polyvoks KONTAKT


It’s 1982 in the Soviet Union. Obedient comrades in the state-run factories are churning out electronic goods for the proletariat at the diktat of the communist regime. These include tape recorders, TVs and radios, etc.. The Formanta factory in Kachkanar in the Ural mountains, however, is making electronic musical instruments – organs, amplifiers, speakers, etc. – and a decision is taken there to make a synthesiser, a proper synthesizer… the kind of thing we capitalist westerners have been enjoying for the best part of 12 years or more. So an engineer called Vladimir Kuzmin is assigned the job (with his wife) of designing such a synth. Vladimir has had some experience in this area improving the FAEMI-M, an electronic organ with basic synth facilities so it makes sense for him to lead the project. The result is the ‘Polivoks’.

Now you can get a modest collection of carefully multi-sampled Polivoks samples from Hollow Sun friend, Matthias Shuster, who owns a Polivoks in his studio in Germany. It’s a collection of some striking basses with real, quirky and oft-times unstable character. There are also some lead line sounds in there plus the polyphony offered by Kontakt allows the creation of some smooth and gentle pads. It’s not a massive collection by any stretch of the imagination but the sounds are bound to spice up a track with their distinctive character! To my knowledge, this is the first proper sample set from this Soviet curio.

Furthermore, the panel has been scripted with a design that resembles the original (without the Cyrillic parameter labelling, obviously!) to give you a good degree of control over this modest pool of samples to create your own variations quickly and easily.


* Real analogue sounds

* Unique sounds from this rare Russian synth

* Basses, pads and leadlines.

* Kontakt 3.5

* Custom scripted panel featuring…
— Dynamic lowpass filter with simple envelope
— ADR amp envelope
— Phase shifter, chorus, delay and reverb multi-FX
— Variable velocity curves, pitch bend, etc..


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