The classic Soviet Polivoks has inspired a bunch of synthesizers trying to capture the grunginess and character of that sound. The latest is the PVX-800 from InfraDeep available in blue or white and looking pretty tasty.
InfraDeep hail from deepest Siberia and so they have every right to come up with their own unique take on Soviet-era synthesizers. And their individuality is immediately apparent in this unexpected demo video from Facebook that sounds so weirdly un-cool that it’s completely awesome.
That’s just fabulous!
Anyway, the PVX-800 is a duophonic analog synthesizer based on the Polivoks with all the disadvantages ironed out (like warm-up time, stability and power supply issues) and a few new features folded in. They’ve added more waveforms, an arpeggiator, a ring modulator and a MIDI interface. Each unit is tested and tuned by hand.
It has 2 VCOs with sine, triangle, shark, saw and square shaped waves with pulse width modulation. There are 2 ADSR envelopes, an 8 waveform LFO and ring modulator. Of course it has the classic Polivoks filter and you can run external sources into that. There’s a built-in delay module and an arpeggiator and most of it can be controlled via MIDI/USB as well as CV.
The PVX-800 is all wrapped up in a 1mm steel enclosure and they are selling it direct for $580. I wonder what the chances are of getting to try one out in the UK? It looks nicely put together and is reasonably well priced.
It really reminds me of the Nave Polymorph that we saw back in January….. wait a minute, it’s exactly like the Nave Polymorph! Oh, right, apparently Nave Electronics became InfraDeep in February and so the Polymorph has transformed into the PVX-800. Fair enough – good to see it finally make it to market.
- Infradeep website.