Polymoog Vox Humana (Thor)

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utdgrant
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Post 21 Feb 2021

I've been using a NN-19 multi-sample of a genuine Polymoog Keyboard for years to get that classic Gary Numan 'Vox Humana' sound.

I recently bought the Cherry Audio 'Polymode' plug-in, which fully recreates the Polymoog (and adds quite a few bonus extras). Using Polymode as a guide, I translated the Vox Humana preset into a Combinator patch, using two parallel instances of Thor. I used two Thors because the original sound requires three independent LFOs operating at different rates (2 x pitch mod, 1 x PWM).

I've uploaded a video to YouTube with examples of the three different approaches. I think they're all pretty magical in their own way.
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Post 21 Feb 2021

Sounds pretty close to me. Well done.

chaosroyale
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Post 21 Feb 2021

Nicely done. The Cherry Audio sounds thinner and brighter than your patches, but I wonder how an actual hardware Polymoog, not a multi-sample, would compare. All sound good and would be very usable.
utdgrant wrote:
21 Feb 2021
I've been using a NN-19 multi-sample of a genuine Polymoog Keyboard for years to get that classic Gary Numan 'Vox Humana' sound.

I recently bought the Cherry Audio 'Polymode' plug-in, which fully recreates the Polymoog (and adds quite a few bonus extras). Using Polymode as a guide, I translated the Vox Humana preset into a Combinator patch, using two parallel instances of Thor. I used two Thors because the original sound requires three independent LFOs operating at different rates (2 x pitch mod, 1 x PWM).

I've uploaded a video to YouTube with examples of the three different approaches. I think they're all pretty magical in their own way.

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