XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyM, a recreation of the pioneering Polymoog polysynth, dreamed up by American designer Dave Luce and produced by Moog Music from 1975 to 1980. PolyM is a vintage divide-down oscillator technology-toting soft synth with some new tricks up its virtual sleeves. XILS-lab has been working on this plugin for 2 years, the same time taken to develop the original hardware. That’s hardly surprising, given that the Polymoog used a TOS (Top Octave Synthesizer) system with a TOG (Top Octave Generator) chip to create a bank of 12 square waves representing the top octave of the keyboard, each of which are then passed through a divider chip to create all the lower octaves, and can then be processed to create other wave shapes. It only gets more complicated from there. Was either version worth the effort? That’s for players to judge, but from what we’ve been hearing, the PolyM emulation is quite accurate.
XILS-lab PolyM is available now for €149, with an intro price of €99 until August 31. It requires macOS 10.7 or later and an AU, VST, RTAS, or AAX plugin host, along with an iLok account (hardware dongle is optional).