Behringer has today released photos of the Polyeight prototype, a recreation of the Korg PolySix with two more voices, a display & more.
Behringer has released a number of Synthesizer clones in the past few years. From Model D, Pro-1, MS-1, etc. all based on the original circuit designs of vintage synths. Uli and his team also make synths that differ from the original designs. See the Poly-D which is a paraphonic Minimoog clone with 4 oscillators.
It is no secret that Behringer is also working on a PolySix replica after their best-selling Monopoly clone. Today they showed the first prototype of their PolySix recreation which is not a 100% authentic clone.
Polyeight is based on the original circuits of the Korg PolySix but expanded with 2 voices and some other extra features. This includes a new display on the right that visualize the patches, etc. Certainly, it can store more than 32 of the original. According to Behringer, the architecture is based on a new ARM platform:
What an exciting day – the first Polyeight has come alive:-) While this is still an early prototype, the firmware is all based on our new ARM platform, which will certainly speed up the development and time to market. As you can see, the Polyeight is not a pure clone. We have retained the analog section, but added 2 more voices and especially a much improved user interface with very useful functions. What do you think?
Here also a view of the inside. You can see that the circuits of the digital and analog engine are separate on different PCBs.
The Polyeight certainly looks interesting. Personally, I also find it good that Behringer is taking a different path here with more voices, and more functonalities.
All information will follow in the near future.
More information here: Behringer