The idea of the Polyvox Mini analog synthesizer came into mind in 1990, as the junior version of its older brother well known Polyvox full synth. The aim was to develop a way simpler and lighter device that has less components, offers the same broad capabilities, and removes possible flaws of the Polyvox full synth.
As the result of this research a new minimalistic schematic appeared. It has fewer controls that are compensated by greater functionality.
For example, in the Modulator section the Form switch has been replaced by the controller with triangular oscillation in the middle position and sawtooth shape oscillation smoothly falling in the extreme positions. The controller for the envelope filter input set to zero in the middle position and smoothly increasing its value by turning the knob clockwise while turning the knob counterclockwise increases inverse voltage of the envelope generator. The main synthesizer sections, such as generator, famous Polyvox filter, multimode envelope generator are essentially the same as Polyvox’s ones and have their unique sound. In addition to that, the main generator of the Polyvox Mini doesn’t require any thermal stabilization or adjustment. In general, the simplified schematic delivers the sound appreciated by wide range of musicians by minimal means but with new capabilities. The Polyvox Mini will be released as the keyboardless version with integrated USB and MIDI interfaces.
The overall design of the Polyvox Mini is made in collaboration with Ms. Olympiada Kuzmina, Polivoks full synth concept designer.