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Farfisa Polychrome

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    Description
    The Farfisa Polychrome is a polyphonic ensemble/string combo type of synthesizer. It features 61 keys with velocity sensitivity. It has 4 sections of strings, organ, vocal and percussive instruments. It is polyphonic by way of Divide-Down synthesis technology and a white noise circuit. the player can create different sounds by removing or adding different layers. Splits are possible using two sounds.

    The string section offers a 2 stage envelope and single filter control for brightness ie. brilliance.The chorus vocal section has 3 presets and one custom mode and double button for a heavier chorus vocal effect. The Percussive section offers 6 preset sounds with piano, harpsichord, honkytonk, clavichord, electric guitar and classic guitar. the ensemble section has 3 presets with brass, reed and accordion witbh an A/S envelope and brilliance for filter control

    The instrument has a built in phase shifter effect that can be used on all the sections except the chorus section..However the chorus section has a dedicated optional audio output for routing to an effect or processor along with the main audio output.

    There is also an audio input with with a gain knob for external gear to process through the Polychrome. Additionally there is a 5 pin DIN input for a olume swell pedal and headphone jack. Farfisa also offered an optional stand and music stand for the Polychrome.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Divide Down
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Fader, Pitch Wheel, Velocity
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Sustain
    Filters
    Filters: 1
    Types: Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 61
    Timbrality: 2
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic, Split
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Patches ROM: 15
    Effects
    Phase Shifter
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys
    Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Sliders, Pitch - Lever, Pedal - Volume
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 3
    Inputs: 1 x 1/4"
    Production
    Year Released: 1978
    Manuals & Documents
    Pricing
    Used Price: $1,300 - convert
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