PolyPulse is a live performance workstation with unconventional algorithmic and polyrhythmic sequencing of digital FM and additive synthesis and sampling.
The PolyPulse is a five-track device that you can see is represented by the five black squares on the front panel. Within a track, you have a polyphonic sequencer and a choice of sound engines. Currently, it has FM, additive and several forms of sampling. Lambda is aiming to expand this over time.
The sequencers are polyrhythmic leading to complex rhythms and melodies within each track. The controls for sequencing appear to be the 16 knobs on the left, whereas the 16 knobs on the right comprise the synthesis. The black squares are actually touchpad controllers that you can use to blend sounds. You can store sounds in the corners of the touchpad to give you vector-style sound mixing. Although, I think it’s actually changing sound parameters rather than mixing. So it’s more of a morph!
Each track has a touchpad, so you’ll be able to get fully immersed in live performance sound morphing.
The Polypulse interface is quite interesting. We’re very fond of the clacky keyboard-style keys. There’s both a data entry pad and a two-octave musical keyboard.
PolyPulse is currently at the production prototype stage and still requires a lot of work on the software, but the hardware is essentially done. One to watch, I think, as the demo wasn’t exactly stunning, but there seems to be a load of potential in here.
- Lambda Synthetics website.
- Lambda Synthetics PolyPulse: Gearnews