Vladimir Kuzmin, the designer of the Soviet-era Formanta Polivoks, has just announced a partnership with German music tech giants Behringer. The move will see the 'reimagining' of Kuzmin's classic duophonic analogue synthesizer, under the auspices of Kuzmin himself but presumably, thanks to Behringer's manufacturing clout, produced in numbers not seen since the fall of the USSR.
About the move, 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 analogue 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 adds: “It’s an immense honour to have Vladimir Kuzmin on our team as he is a legendary synth designer. We are extremely proud. This partnership demonstrates again that we welcome collaborations with boutique inventors and manufacturers, as we believe we can perfectly coexist and complement each other.”
To find out more about what made the original Polivoks special, read Gordon Reid's extensive retro piece here.