Audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyKB III, the third software ‘reincarnation’ of the ultra-rare RSF Polykobol II — an analogue (albeit arguably failed) French programmable polysynth — as the synthesizer the company claims they should have invented 40 years ago.
Simply speaking, PolyKB III is the most powerful and versatile analogue-modelled polyphonic soft synth available. As such, it faithfully captures the sound and spirit of the ultra-rare RSF Polykobol II, including its most revolutionary feature: aliasing-free, continuously morphing VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators). On paper, and in reality, it is this that sets it apart from the many ‘run-of-the-mill’ analogue synth recreations already out there since pushy PolyKB III programmers have instant access to hundreds of different analogue-modelled waveforms — from triangle to pulse, through to sawtooth — via its flexible, free-running (VCO1, VCO2, VCO3) oscillators. On top of that, those oscillators can also be controlled by all modulation sources, so, unlike three-oscillator vintage analogue hardware synths such as the trailblazing Minimoog, for example, endless possibilities abound.
And PolyKB III is no slouch when it comes to modulation, thanks to WIRED MOD., a macro modulation matrix with over 35 ‘hardwired’ options between various MONOMOD (LFO1, [NOISE]) and POLYMOD (ADSR2, VCO2) sources and destinations — WHEEL, VCO, VCF (Voltage-Controlled Filter), ATTK (Attack), DEC (Decay), and much more besides… simply click a (virtual) button to establish a connection between different modules, then adjust amounts using the (virtual) knobs. Needless to say, PolyKB III allows adventurous programmers to delve deeper still with USER MOD., meaning that they can choose modulation sources, destinations, and amounts from four custom macro modulation matrices. More meaningfully, each of the four sources can control up to four parameters simultaneously, so 16 additional assignable modulations are available. Amounts can be positive or negative — choose freely between stacks of sources and dozens of destinations, including filter balance for morphing between filters, envelope segments, output levels, and LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) output levels, etc.
PolyKB III is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2 dongle hardware or software) protected plug-in for an introductory promotional price of €119.00 EUR until January 21, 2017 — rising to €159.00 EUR thereafter — on the XILS-lab web store here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/PolyKB-III.html (Owners of the original PolyKB or PolyKB II can upgrade to PolyKB III for an introductory promotional price of €25.00 EUR until January 21, 2017, rising to €39.00 EUR thereafter.)
PolyKB III can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit 16-voice virtual analogue soft synth plug-in (with switchable six mono/unison/poly playing modes) for Mac (OS X 10.7 and later) and Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10) from here: https://www.xils-lab.com/pages/PolyKB3_Download.html
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated PolyKB III webpage here: https://www.xils-lab.com/pages/PolyKB3.html
Several audio demos showcasing PolyKB III can be heard here: https://www.xils-lab.com/pages/PolyKB3_Audio.html