Dave Smith Instruments has released an updated version of its synthesizer keyboard, the Poly Evolver. The new version boasts 60 potentiometers among its complement of 78 rotary controls. 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. The wood end panels are now made from bubinga.
The updated Poly Evolver Keyboard is available now with an MSRP of $2,899 and an MAP of $2,599. The conversion kit requires nothing more than a screwdriver for installation and is available directly from DSI for $399 or factory installed for $449.