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farfisa polychrome

info Country: Italy
Weight: 30kg
Dimensions: n/a
audio demo trend price : 1000€
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Farfisa Polychrome
Polyphonic Keyboard (1978)


Rare combo polyphonic machine produced in Italy by Farfisa.

This analog synthesizer distinguishes itself for the eerie choir section, recentely reconsidered by synth collectors.

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info KEYBOARD 61 keys with primitive velocity sensibility, 2 optional metal legs. Main panel features 20 levers, 36 push buttons, 3 switches and a rudimentary pitchbender

Rear panel terminal connectors:
- a 5-dins swell pedal input
- main out
- separate output for choir section
- audio input for external processing with adjustable gain
- 1 wheel trimmer for master pitch
- 1 wheel trimmer for choir pitch.





edit VOICE
pure combo-string processor philosophy: summing or removing various sounds layers.
The machine is based on 4 analog frequency dividers boards groups and a single white noise circuit:
- Vocal chorus
- Ensemble
- Percussive
- Strings

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EDIT INTEFACE all parameters for sound edit are under the finger tips.
It is possible also to SPLIT the polychrome and assign 2 sounds to the board.


structure




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CHORUS features 3 presets values + 1 special Custom Mode.

Special Double button activates twice octave register layer for a deeper choir effect.
Custom mode can be edited changing 5 parameters: volume, attack, sustain, cutoff and resonance.

choir

 

editPERCUSSIVE 6 presets instruments: piano, harpsichord, honkytonk, clavichord, eletric guitar and classic guitar.




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ENSEMBLE group is composed by 3 sub-groups instruments: brass, reed and accordion.
Ensemble edit parameters are: volume mix, brilliance, attack, sustain and sound emphasis.


strings


 

edit STRINGS summable registers at octaves heights 16' 8' 4' and 2 parameters:
- a simple 2-stages EG AD
- basic brilliance filter control.





edit EFFECT
a single built-in analog shift phaser with emphasis tremolo and frequency rate.
Phase shifting process is able to modulate 3 sections at the same time: ensemble, percussive and strings but NOT the choir section.


phaser

 


effet MAINTENANCE
the Polychrome is now an old machine with frequent electronic troubles and needs technical care. If you plan to buy one just go for a deep test as it is not so uncommon to report many issues. Last model I had, needed about 60 capacitors to be replaced: not a joke!
Polychrome Schematics would badly help for some repairs, so if you have service manual and would like to share to everyone, please drop us a LINE.



polychrome internal repair



effet
VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some commercial samples set kontakt version (NO VST PLUGIN emulation for the moment):

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Waveshapper Synth magic Commercial video




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AUDIO DEMO

demo Lacrima di rei theme from "Aguirre" movie by W.Herzog
demo string test with phaser
demo velocity filter choir test
demo If you want to share your polychrome demos, just UPLOAD them :)





video VIDEO SELECTION

Analog Synthesizer 1979 polychrome presentation my Popol vuh cover
Analog Synthesizer Polychrome presentation Popol vuh cover


choir



Company: Farfisa
Model: Polychrome
Class: Synthesizer
Keyboard: 61 keys
Dates: 1978
Price: 300€
Synthesis: Analog
Polyphony: full
Multitimbric: 2 parts
Sounds: 11
Effect: phaser
Demo: 3

 

manual
- SERVICE MANUAL / SCHEMATICS
- USER MANUAL

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awardSPECIAL AWARDS:

solid solid
EERIE killer unreliable master

 


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FOR COLLECTORS

REVIEW "Choir is fantastic and the keyboard control is just great! Quite collectible but just keep in mind it is big, unreliable with just 1 (very) interesting sound. "

manual manual
- Choirs -bulky
- key dynamics
- unreliable
- rare -strings, brass and ensemble are average



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farfisa polychrome 3.5 out of 5 based on 105 ratings. price €1000