31st March 2009
Admiral Quality has released a beta version of Poly-Ana for Mac OS X. Initially available as a VST instrument, an AU version will follow.
Poly-Ana uses a different approach than most other VA soft-synths which Admiral Quality feels delivers a sound more authentic to the early analog synths that inspired her features. This "brute-force" method requires more processing power than other common techniques, but is a far truer model of the functioning of real analog instruments, according to Admiral Quality.
Poly-Ana's voice architecture is an ambitious combination of all the best features of the famous analog classics, plus a few new features (totaling 208 controls, plus a full 5 octave velocity sensitive virtual keyboard) which, while possible back in the day, would have been prohibitively expensive to implement in hardware. But as a software-only product, Poly-Ana doesn't face these limitations, and Admiral Quality held nothing back in designing its "ultimate analog dream synth".
Combine this with a classic styled design that puts every parameter a single click away, with large, easy to grab knobs and switches that behave like the real-world items; and with no hidden drill-down menus so that each and every control is prominently displayed out where you can see it; Poly-Ana offers a true alternative in software synthesis.