Behringer has revealed the outcome of their Model D Warp Drive tease video – it’s a polyphonic version called the Poly D and it looks like a proper synth – hooray!
Yeah, we kind of guessed that this was coming, the tease had 4-voice poly written all over it. So Behringer has decided to push the envelope on the Model D and release a polyphonic version – awesome! And the best decision they’ve made in my view is to release as a proper looking synthesizer rather than in the Eurorack box version that the Model D, Neutron, Pro 1 and Wasp are coming in. This is how you make a classic synth. It looks great, it has a sound we already love but it gives us that little bit of polyphony that we’ve been crying out for.
The general idea is that it’s a 4 oscillator analogue synthesizer where you can use it a 4-oscillator monosynth, a 2-voice/2-oscillator unison synth or a single oscillator per voice 4-voice polysynth. There’s lots of discussion about whether it’s a “true” polysynth or whether it’s actually paraphonic. I’m generally of the opinion that if it can play more than one note at a time then its voicing is “polyphonic” but if it all goes through a single filter and envelope section (as this appears to) then it has “paraphonic” articulation. Other people describe these things differently but just as long as we all know what we’re trying to say then it’s fine. The first review videos have now emerged and so we can confirm that it has a single filter, VCA and envelope section making it officially 4-voice polyphonic with paraphonic articulation.
What else do we know? It has a chorus section modelled after the Juno 60, a distortion section from the DS-1 pedal and a built-in polyphonic 32-step sequencer and arpeggiator.
I love that they’ve made it look like a Minimoog. The knobs are properly sized and much bigger than the fiddly Model D and this is what they should have done in the first place in my view. You’ve got a 3-octave keyboard, proper pitch and modulation wheels, wooden cheeks, the panel angles to 3 different positions and it has a handful of CV points and MIDI/USB.
UPDATE: Thomann has opened preorders for £599 and give a delivery as 3-4 weeks which could mean you’ll get one before Christmas – probably.