The designer of the original Polivoks has been impressed with Behringer’s mission to bring back iconic synths and wants to get his much sort after synth in on the action.
The Polivoks is a very distinctive synthesizer. Designed by Vladimir Kuzmin in 1980 at the Urals Vector plant in Russia it has some very unique features that enabled it to carve out its own tonal character and become the “Russian synthesizer sound“. For most of us who have never handled one the impression we get is that it’s an awesome piece of Soviet engineering, built like a T-34 tank and sounds like something from the depths of the underworld. It feeds into an interest in the aesthetic of Soviet-era gear and has an experimental and slightly dangerous vibe about it. This is not some gentile Moog, intellectual ARP or precision British vintage synth – this is a monster.
Vladimir says that “Uli’s synthesizer Vision provides a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the reimagining of my Polivoks and to make it accessible to everyone – a Vision I profoundly believe in and want to be part of.”
Uli Behringer, commented: “It’s an immense honor to have Vladimir Kuzmin on our team as he is a legendary synth designer. We are extremely proud, we could win him for our ambitious Vision.”
One of the issues with recreating the Polivoks is the scarcity of components many of which were only made in the Soviet Union. No doubt Behringer will put their resources to work on either replicating the chips or finding an equivalent. It’s going to be really interesting to see what they come up with. I hope they bring the form as well as the function because it wouldn’t seem right in the desktop shape of the Model D or the flip-up MonoPoly – this needs something different, chunky and preferable made out of bricks and military-grade plastic.