Poly D from Behringer is based on their own Model D, which in turn is based on Moog’s MiniMoog Model D, but expanded in quite a few ways. It has four oscillators instead of three, and they can be played paraphonically or polyphonically depending on your definition of those terms; it has a sequencer and arpeggiator, and a velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch, as well as analog distortion and delay circuits.
Here’s my full review, workflow tutorial as well as a few patch ideas:
4:50 Auto damp
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27:40 Tips & ideas
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13 thoughts on “BEHRINGER POLY D – Review, tutorial and patch ideas”
Very good and clear walkthru of this excellent synth. Thank you 👍
Just purchased poly D , tutorials helpful, will be spending lot of time with them getting familiar with this synth
Thanks for the comment!
I am leaving this comment here because the intro says ‘analog chorus and distortion’.
What is this claim based on? I can only go by the Behringer blurb and quick
set up guide until someone opens one of these up. In those sources it only
ever refers to the whole synth as ‘analog’ not any of the individual components.
For the chorus it says it is ‘amazing’ and based on authentic circuitry which sounds to me very like what would be said about TC Electronic sourced dsp emulation.
For all i know it might be an emulation of rolands emulation of a juno chorus
in their boutique series which has been noted for providing authentic noise
that had to be turned off.
The distortion bit only says it is distortion circuitry which sounds as if it is analog
but is it. ?If the effects are digital as in the deep mind you will have a stage
of a-d and d-a conversion when the effects switch is on even when you switch the effects themselves on. And indeed the presence of the global switch makes you half inclined to think that it is there because the effects are digital not analog
and the designers wanted us to have the option to preserve a true analog signal
I am not on a witch hunt here but I think every future review of a modern
analog synth should first set out which components are in fact digital and ask
the manufacturers to verify this given the big use of true analog as a selling
If they lie in their marketing materials, why would they suddenly confess if I ask them?
Very well done review and tutorial. Thank you for your work, it helped convince me to purchase the Poly D by answering questions not available elsewhere. There is one question though, that I haven’t seen addressed. Is the aftertouch capable of controlling the depth of an LFO to achieve a vibrato? (Instead of the Mod wheel) If it is, I haven’t stumbled upon the process yet.
Thanks! Sorry I’ve not touched Poly D since this review, so everything I know is in it…
Very well. Thanks for responding!
Try patching after pressure into the oscillator input.
Great, extremely helpful!
I just couldn’t really get how to add glide, accent and so on to the sequencer. Trying here and not working.
Thanks! Keep trying/reading the manual – sorry, haven’t really used this since the review so it’s all a haze…
Bought one while ago not knowing synth basics. Sequencer is hard to get a handle on, there should be 64 possible notes, no? Probably need hands on instruction, am in coastal CT if anyone knows of such a person!