Behringer teams up with Vladimir Kuzmin, the original Polivoks developer for a new synth

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Behringer and Vladimir Kuzmin have agreed to work together and are planning to bring a new Synthesizer onto the market.

As we know, Behringer has owned the trademarks for Polivoks since 2019. Since then there have been rumors of upcoming Polivoks synthesizers.

With today’s announcement, the Polivoks project is much more concrete. Behringer has officially partnered with Vladimir Kuzim, the original developer of these legendary Synthesizers.

Behringer Vladimir Kuzmin

Behringer & Vladimir Kuzmin

Vladimir Kuzmin was the circuit designer, so an absolute Polivoks expert. The original unit was a duophonic analog Synthesizer with two oscillators, filter (lowpass/bandpass),  LFO, envelopes, and more. It is not yet known whether they will revive the legendary Russian synth from 1982 or will develop a completely new one. Like a Polivoks with more voices, patch memory, etc. Also possible is a semi-modular Polivoks or Eurorack modules.

Vladimir Kuzmin says:

With great interest have I followed Behringer’s Vision to bring back iconic synthesizers and make them affordable for musicians. For all my life, I have been extremely passionate about synthesizers and I decided to contact Uli to see if Behringer would be interested to design a new Polivoks as I would love to see my legacy live on.

I designed the Polivoks in 1980 at the Urals Vector plant in Russia, while it was produced by the Formanta Radio Factory. The Polivoks has features that are very unusual on most analog synthesizers, which creates this very unique and distinctive sound, often referred to as “Russian synthesizer sound”.

For many years it has been my dream to create a new and much improved Polivoks. Uli’s synthesizer Vision provides a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the reimagining of my Polivoks and to make it accessible to everyone – a Vision I profoundly believe in and want to be part of.”

Uli Behringer commented:

It’s an immense honor to have Vladimir Kuzmin on our team as he is a legendary synth designer. We are extremely proud, we could win him for our ambitious Vision. This partnership demonstrates again that we welcome collaborations with boutique inventors and manufacturers, as we believe we can perfectly coexist and complement each other. We invite anyone interested in a possible collaboration to contact us at”
One can only hope that it will be faster with a first joint product than with the latter. We remember the partnership with Hiroaki Nishijima in 2019 where we are still waiting for a first product. But I recommend enjoying the whole announcement with less excitement because we know that it can take longer.
In my opinion, it makes the whole thing more exciting because they now have the original developer on board. Here is an interesting interview from the makers of the Soundsmit Synthesizer and pedal expo in Italy with Vladimir Kuzmin.

More information here: Behringer 

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1 Comment

  1. This is massive. “Behringer’s Vision”, notice Vladimir statement with capital V every time ‘Vision’ is mentioned. A giveaway that this is an established plan. Then Behringer statement about “we welcome collaborations with boutique inventors and manufacturers, as we believe we can perfectly coexist and complement each other” and their email straight up, no bs layer “contact us”. I do agree with their Hiroaki Nishijima collaboration that hasnt happened and seems to be forgotten but the same happened with MonoPoly and Arp2600.

    I understand the Behringer hate and I do not understand why when people seem to forget, they fire again with another BS move but they are making moves with key people keeping it interesting and hype up. Vladimir also mentioned new devices like the one from his wife Olimpiada. Uli should recognize how important morals are in this small scene and understand the drama products he introduce are not needed when he has access to these amazing people.

    Uli Behringer, listen to the scene and enjoy the creative possibilities you have. You do not need the drama moves or the drama products. Listen to the creative people and step away from drama products. This way you will make more money and earn more respect.

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