Last night I couldn’t sleep for some time, and while I should have read instead of facing a screen to get a chance to fall asleep again, I wasted some time on the internet, terrible mistake.
But I came across a post by Marc Doty / Automatic Gainsay where he explains that paraphonic synths are by definition polyphonic.
So far it had been crystal clear in my mind for a long time that polyphonic meant (and only meant) one fully articulated voice per note, thus excluding paraphony.
Reading the discussion, Doty’s arguments eventually convinced me and I now understand the definitions:
“Polyphonic” addresses note count
“Paraphonic” addresses how polyphonic notes are articulated
So, well, thank you Behringer for bringing this debate on the table and offer me the chance to refine my education. Poly-D is both a paraphonic synth and a polyphonic synth, OK with that.
But “voices” being notes with full articulation, it’s just definitely not a 4-voice polyphonic synth.
© Marc Doty