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Knas Polygamist - a modern synth

so, the Knas Polygamist was announced some time ago and pre orders have been placed by handfuls (?) of people. i've read a bunch about it and it looks awesome. so many great features.. read the info below...

looping envelopes that go well into audio range or so slow they will 'pause'.

"Highlights includes VCO1 which features a "Tilt" output which is a triangle wave that can be *tilted* from sawtooth, to triangle, to ramp. VCO2, the "Pitch multiplying oscillator" consists of a fundamental and three "sub harmonics" that mimics additative/FM synthesis for very complex waveform and chaos generation. The ADSR is loopable and can be used as an oscillator, it can also be paused in its transition. The three LFOs all go to audio range and two of them go down to about 4 minutes for one waveform period. It also features a duophonic, pressure sensitive ribbon controller which sends MIDI data. It has two independent MIDI/USB-to-CV converters which can be ganged in duophonic mode. And there is of course, much, much more. "



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I've never had so much GAS in my life, this thing (colour scheme included) looks it was built for me! Love Love Love
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I played with it briefly over the summer at the NYC modular festival. Sounds excellent; I am definitely planning on buying one. I see it - philosophically - as the Buchla Music Easel for 2013 (although I wish the ribbon was as sensitive as Buchla's touchplate - it seems to be designed for large gestures rather than subtle motions).
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Wow, this has completely passed under my radar. Looks awesome & can't but praise the super-sensible pricing affair.
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The release of this synth proves that Mitt Romney's presidential run wasn't entirely a lost cause, as it seems people's minds have been opened to alternative lifestyles.
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I assume this is monophonic. The name suggests otherwise but with this complexity it would surely be extremely expensive (and large), if it was polyphonic. I can't find a specification for number of voices, so that speaks for mono also, but I find it strange that it doesn't say anywhere.

Looks very cool anyway.
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This thing looks awesome but the word polygamist suggests to me it's multi-voiced ? It appears to be duo mono outputs to create a summed duophonic signal or am I wrong here ?
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I assume this is monophonic. The name suggests otherwise but with this complexity it would surely be extremely expensive (and large), if it was polyphonic. I can't find a specification for number of voices, so that speaks for mono also, but I find it strange that it doesn't say anywhere.

Looks very cool anyway.
I think your hunch is correct. If it was a poly this thread would probably be 10 pages long.
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I think it is paraphonic.
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It's not polyphonic.
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It's duophonic isn't it?
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It's duophonic isn't it?
Looks to me like you could get two simultaneous tones out of it by routing the upper and lower touch CVs (and gates I guess) to the two oscillators. But doesn't look like there are two independent full voices.
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looks like a lot of ****ing fun... i wanna play with one
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It's duophonic isn't it?
yes it's Duophonic. has duophonic mode. says so right on that pic.
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It's been quite a while without any substantial updates. I wonder how much longer until it starts shipping?
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I'm more of a bread-and-butter guy when it comes to analog, but I certainly applaud this innovative and daring design.

Some gorgeous sounds in this video:



Most of these sounds aren't for me, but I'm guessing some of you will be pulling out your credit cards right away:

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any slut got one?
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There's a few people here with one or at least owned one briefly. Keep combing through the archives. Chats about it over at Muff's too.

Great value for its released price but Karl was saying that it was quite arduous and intensive to get just the initial run done. I'm guessing another run will probably be more expensive.
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I have one. He only made like 15 of them in the first run. It's a cool little synth. Sounds very aggressive and strong like a vintage synth not subdued like most modern analogue
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May I ask how much it cost? I haven't been able to find any pricing information at all as I missed hearing about it the first time around. Alas, there are also no videos at all to be found on Youtube now.
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1500? Or somewhere around there.
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The videos are all moved to vimeo. Youtube took them down for some reason, and he didn't feel like putting them back up there. I think price is 1400 which isn't too bad for what you get and the build quality. He replies to emails if you have any questions, and he will make more soon i think. Size is about the same as an arp odyssey. The case is aluminum and the whole thing is like 10 pounds.
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Thanks for the all the infos! It is bigger as I thought...

Need to watch more videos. I am lusting for a bit of an "experimental" box that goes off with one and has a bit of a novelty character...
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Thanks Pelican. I'm definitely interested in this machine, I have a soft spot for semi-modulars and the Knas stuff is unique.
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The videos are all moved to vimeo. Youtube took them down for some reason, and he didn't feel like putting them back up there. I think price is 1400 which isn't too bad for what you get and the build quality. He replies to emails if you have any questions, and he will make more soon i think. Size is about the same as an arp odyssey. The case is aluminum and the whole thing is like 10 pounds.
Thanks for the tip, I was searching them with cats and dogs. I'll put the links here so that anyone notices them as well as for promoting some competition in the internet service front.




It looks so pretty!!! I could marry many of them. If my wife was richer.
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I have one of these, really awesome. I just bought it used, there is a lot to figure out for sure but a very alive sounding synth.
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