Dave Smith Instruments releases updated Poly Evolver Keyboard
Dave Smith Instruments has released an updated version of its flagship synthesizer keyboard, the Poly Evolver.
The new version boasts 60 potentiometers among its complement of 78 rotary controls. "The response to the pot edition of the Prophet '08 has been overwhelmingly positive," said company founder Dave Smith, "so we decided to extend that functionality to the Poly Evolver, as well." Unlike endless rotary encoders, potentiometers allow the full range of a knob's values to be accessed in a single turn of about 300 degrees. That simplifies filter sweeps and other more performance-oriented gestures. A kit with potentiometer-equipped panel boards is available to convert older Poly Evolvers.
There have also been some cosmetic changes. "We needed both lined and unlined knobs to distinguish between the pots and encoders, so we're using Prophet-style knobs," said DSI's Andrew McGowan. "And we've updated the panel graphics a bit without changing them significantly." The wood end panels are now made from bubinga.
The updated Poly Evolver Keyboard is available now with an MSRP of $2,899.00 and an MAP of $2,599.00. The conversion kit requires nothing more than a screwdriver for installation and is available directly from DSI for $399.00 or factory installed for $449.00.
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