Automatic Gainsay wrote:
The Polymoog came close to the best of both worlds by almost making a VCA and VCF per note... but something I can't remember about the architecture resulted in it not quite succeeding at that.
The Polymoog does have a VCA and VCF per note but only in its "preset" or "direct" modes. If I recall correctly you can edit the envelope settings in preset mode and still retain correct articulation though.
Anyways, one of the reasons the PM didn't quite succeed was that it offered just two programmable filters: a fixed filter bank (resonator) and a single VCF.
Sound On Sound describes its shortcomings better than me:
"But the VCF proved to be the Polymoog's Achilles heel. The instrument was fully polyphonic in its Preset and Direct modes. But if you attempted to programme your own patches, the single programmable filter meant that the synth couldn't shape the frequency characteristics of any new notes if previous notes were still depressed. As a result, the Polymoog often sounded more like enhanced string ensembles such as the Korg PE1000 and ARP Omni than like later generations of polysynths."
Some string synths had a VCA per note, but all of the notes were still put through a single filter (if they had a filter at all).
Some examples of such stringers are the Logan string melody I & II, Roland RS-101 & 202, Yamaha SS-30, Godwin string concert, Korg PE-2000 & Lambda etc.
"The (Yamaha) CS-80 is a step ahead in keyboard control, and a generation behind in digital control" -- Dan Wyman, Jan 1979