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Single synth demo - Xils-Lab PolyKB II (all sounds inc. drums from PolyKB II)

SYNTHDemo on August 15, 2012 02:48

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    All sounds including all drums from Xils-Lab PolyKB II

    Definitely a very organic sounding synth with a huge Moog style sound, I think the 808 kick is the hugest I've ever managed to synthesise - it only uses the filter set on full self-oscillation.

    I always try and avoid the "it sounds just like analog" comparisons but this synth is patently designed to replicate one very specific and very analog synth so this time I think it's appropriate. Check out the lead near the end, that's one very "analog" sound.

    Haven't really made heavy use of the Oscillator continuous waveform morphing, the sequencer or the innovative DynaMYX/PolyMYX in this track but these are well worth investigating if you get your hands on the demo. I'd recommend reading the pretty decent manual to help you figure these sections out.

    Only a light treatment with a compressor on the master and a touch of reverb on a few tracks - otherwise what you hear is what you can expect from the PolyKB.

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    17 timed comments and 2 regular comments

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 3.01 on August 14, 2014 04:46

      @rylo3: hey thanks man, it's one of my favourite of the demo tracks. I only had the demo copy to make this track with and haven't ever got round to buying it. Lovely sounding synth though, Xils have a definite skill in programming very organic sounding synths. It's a shame they don't get more attention. Cheers.

    • rylo3
      rylo3 at 3.01 on August 12, 2014 19:59

      great tune and sounds :) . i have this synth , its very heavy on my old CPU but its awesome :)

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 4.16 on December 22, 2013 22:01

      @C. Atkins: Hey, most of the sounds for this demo were programmed from scratch which you can't do in the player. Looking at the info on it the possibilities for editing sounds are very limited so you're restricted to tweaking the factory presets. The overall sound of the synth would still be there though and it might be a nice way to find out if the synth is for you. It's then 99 euro to upgrade to the full version. I would always suggest getting into programming rather than preset useage though so if you can afford it it would be much much better to get the full version, it's an awesome synth. Feel free to message me if you have any questions, we're on facebook too at

    • C. Atkins
      C. Atkins at 4.16 on December 21, 2013 16:25

      @SYNTHDemo: can these kinds of sounds be replicated on the Poly KB II player?!

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 4.16 on August 17, 2012 21:45

      @Inner Reality:Hi, thankyou! No it's not an LFO, the mod wheel is patched to the filter cutoff frequency so I'm "playing" the filter with the mod wheel, opening it up at certain points to give the lead some movement and emphasis. Thanks for the comments.

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 4.03 on August 17, 2012 21:43

      @cycloscope: nice! thanks mate I see what you mean.

    • Inner Reality
      Inner Reality at 4.16 on August 17, 2012 12:31

      @SYNTHDemo: That is an amazing lead. Is there a bit of a filter LFO on it? Sounds awesome anyway.

    • cycloscope
      cycloscope at 4.03 on August 16, 2012 22:15

      Really great! Could be a soundtrack for a game like Deus Ex or Unreal.

    • cycloscope
      cycloscope at 0.38 on August 16, 2012 22:13

      @SYNTHDemo: And one of the the fattest I ever heard :-)

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo on August 16, 2012 07:13

      @Milkrota: Hey Paul, thanks so much for the comments and very flattering comparisons. I think you're right in terms of the kind of sounds I'm programming, it's partially allowing myself to be influenced by the character of the synth which was modelled on the 1979 original and also the inevitable influence of growing up in the 80s and hearing all those great bands at the time. Perhaps I should just give in and form an 80s tribute band :) Cheers mate and thanks for the kind words.

    • Milkrota
      Milkrota on August 16, 2012 06:24

      To my ears it's got bits of the Human League's Dignity of Labour & Tokyo City in it. I also thought The The's Giant at one point. He used a Juno 60 so I wonder if your recent find is having an influence on the sounds you programme on other gear.
      Definitely a nice sounding synth though, for a softie,
      Really good song, you do knock out a good tune.

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 2.37 on August 15, 2012 04:54

      @thomas Webster: wow, thanks so much Thomas, I'm a big fan of Younger Brother. All the best.

    • thomas Webster
      thomas Webster at 2.37 on August 15, 2012 04:50

      dig it. reminds me of younger brother

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 4.16 on August 15, 2012 03:14

      love this very analog sounding lead sound based on a factory preset

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 3.22 on August 15, 2012 03:13

      hats use the arpeggiator and a mix of noise and one osc with some subtle modulation of waveshape and filter for variation

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 1.40 on August 15, 2012 03:11

      evolving pad using the oscillator waveshape morphing

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 1.17 on August 15, 2012 03:11

      This "BOM" sound really reminds me of a Tangerine Dream track

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 0.38 on August 15, 2012 03:10

      Probably the fattest 808-style kick I've ever programmed on a soft-synth

    • SYNTHDemo
      SYNTHDemo at 0.09 on August 15, 2012 03:10

      really like the polyphonic mode on the arpeggiator - very inspiring

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