Polivoks or Aelita?

Discussions about anything analog, digital, MIDI, synth technology, techniques, theories and more.
Post Reply
User avatar
MushroomCat
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:19 am

Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MushroomCat » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:23 am

Hello folks,

I'm new to this forum and my question is simple... Which of these two synths would you prefer and why? Both cost around 1 thousand euros... I could buy one of them on ebay.

So, which one? Aelita (3osc monophonic) or Polivoks (2 osc duophonic)? I make alternative electronic music, like for example Oneohtrix Point Never...

User avatar
Hybrid88
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2251
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:26 am
Gear: V-Synth, and other stuff...
Location: Australia

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by Hybrid88 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:30 am

hmm that's a tough one, hard to say as I haven't tried either but if I had the chance I'd go with the Polivocks, the unique filter and aggressive look alone make it worth having :)

User avatar
philip
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 625
Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:52 pm
Real name: Philip
Contact:

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by philip » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:15 am

Aelita.Best filters ever

User avatar
madtheory
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 5418
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 12:45 pm
Real name: Tomas Mulcahy
Gear: Wurlitzer Opus 1536, Model F, Morovdis Arpeggiator, Maplin My First EQ, Jeff Wayne Thunderchild rack, Thermostat, Buck Owens' Moog.
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:42 am

Will Gregory, who is a crazy synth collector and does actually use them all (Goldfrapp) loves the Polivoks. He also loves the Korg MS20, so you can get an idea of where his tastes lie as regards filters. I don't know if Goldfrapp are in your musical ballpark?

User avatar
MushroomCat
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:19 am

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MushroomCat » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:56 pm

madtheory wrote:Will Gregory, who is a crazy synth collector and does actually use them all (Goldfrapp) loves the Polivoks. He also loves the Korg MS20, so you can get an idea of where his tastes lie as regards filters. I don't know if Goldfrapp are in your musical ballpark?
I have heard of Goldfrapp, but didn't listen to it :D Yeah, the Polivoks have a crazy sound. Also the duophonic option allows great live performances and jams, while on the Aelita I would have to layer it into my DAW...

But the Aelita looks so goddamn awesome! Also I think its more rare and kinda mysterious and I really like the sounds. It's like an eastern-acid-soviet-minimoog thing. Still, the sound of the Polivoks is kinda better (IMO) in some way... Can't decide... really...

User avatar
ppg_wavecomputer
Expert Member
Expert Member
Posts: 1055
Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:37 pm
Gear: more keys than hands (and feet)
Band: ['ramp]
Location: teutoburg forest, eastern westphalia, germany
Contact:

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:49 pm

There's a Goldfrapp track, I think it's "Strict Machine", where Will was using the Polivoks for the grating bassline. Definitely a nice sound but would you want to use this all the time, even when a little less would do no harm?

There is a shop in Poland that sells these Russians beasts -- maybe you could buy one of the two and arrange to swap it for the other in case you don't happen to like it?

Stephen
"Like the light from distant stars, Stephen Parsick's music has existed for some time, but is only now reaching us on Earth." Chuck van Zyl

https://doombientmusic.bandcamp.com/

https://ramp1.bandcamp.com/

https://stephenparsick.bandcamp.com/

User avatar
madtheory
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 5418
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 12:45 pm
Real name: Tomas Mulcahy
Gear: Wurlitzer Opus 1536, Model F, Morovdis Arpeggiator, Maplin My First EQ, Jeff Wayne Thunderchild rack, Thermostat, Buck Owens' Moog.
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:09 pm

Very true- Will can afford to use one synth "trick" for one song. It is a pretty cool trick though, and hasn't been over used yet. And thanks for the info, for some reason I'd assumed that was the Crumar thing he also raved about at the time.

User avatar
MyKeyZ
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 49
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:46 pm

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MyKeyZ » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:12 pm

Polivoks, hands down for me.

User avatar
MushroomCat
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:19 am

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MushroomCat » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:45 pm

This guy does some amazing stuff on both:
Aelita:

Polivoks:


Sadly I can't just pay both of these... But they are both so awesome! I should throw a coin I guess...
Last edited by MushroomCat on Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:07 am, edited 2 times in total.

User avatar
MyKeyZ
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 49
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:46 pm

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MyKeyZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:46 pm

Some fun I had running a Polivoks into a Strymon Big Sky and Timeline...




User avatar
MushroomCat
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:19 am

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MushroomCat » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:58 pm

MyKeyZ wrote:Some fun I had running a Polivoks into a Strymon Big Sky and Timeline...



pretty cool. Especially the first video... I'm with the polivoks at the point, but can't really decide. I guess I'll go with the PV

User avatar
Yekuku
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 729
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:29 am
Gear: dk'tronics speech synthesizer :P
Location: Greece

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by Yekuku » Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:36 pm

I have no idea about the Aelita, but when I got my polivoks I was hugely disappointed.
I was expecting that it was built like soviet tank but instead I found out that it was built like a toy.
It has a distinctive sound, that's for sure , but it is not for everyone's taste.
It is all about sharing...

User avatar
MyKeyZ
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 49
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:46 pm

Re: Polivoks or Aelita?

Post by MyKeyZ » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:27 am

Check out Mick Gordon's soundtrack to the latest Doom video game. In the behind the scenes video, he said he used the Polivoks a lot on it. Definitely for rawer, heavier stuff.

Post Reply