Intellijel Designs Polaris
NoiseBug Price : $229.00
The Polaris is a 4-stage cascaded OTA filter designed by David Dixon. It’s built on the lineage of the Dr. Octature and Atlantis filters, but with a totally revised core and resonance control. Along with dedicated LP, HP and BP it outputs it features a configurable MULTI output capable of an unprecedented 27 different filter modes.
With drive turned down the Polaris is capable of buttery smooth filtering, and the cutoff control range has been fine tuned for playability. Turn up the drive and engage the multi distort asymmetric distortion circuit for a more aggressive sound. Not content to be just a filter, the Polaris’s AP phaser mode combined with frequency modulation can be used to achieve a phaser effect.
With so much versatility in a modest size, the Polaris is an ideal filter for a starter system and an excellent addition to the tonal palette of a larger modular.
Dedicated LP, BP and HP outputs.
MULTI output with 27 selectable filter types: 4 x LP, 5x BP, 4 x HP, 5 x Notch, 4x AP and 4 x Phaser (AP mode with inverted dry blend).
Input drive control with soft clipping distortion.
MULTI output asymmetric distortion.
Width: 10 hp
Max Depth: 40 mm
The Polaris filter features 3 fixed mode outputs with commonly used filter types as well as a multi output that can be configured to be any one of 26 different filter types. A distortion circuit can also be enabled to give the multi output an aggressive edge.
See the Module Installation Guide for instructions on installing the module in your Eurorack modular system.
This button cycles between the different filter modes of the MULTI output. The LEDs below the button indicate the currently selected mode. The modes are LP (Lowpass), BP (Bandpass), HP (Highpass), N (Notch), and AP (Allpass). After AP there is a 6th “PHASER” setting which activates a special phaser effect that is a blend of the allpassed signal and the original input.
This button is used to cycle between filter types for the currently selected mode. Each filter mode has up to 5 variations with different numbers of poles, this button cycles between them. See the “MULTI Modes” section of the manual for more details.
Sets the cutoff frequency of the filter. The knob position is combined with the FM1 and FM2 inputs.
Sets the drive, or amplification, of the input signal. Unity gain is at the 12 o’clock position. At higher settings signal will begin to experience a clipped distortion.
Sets the resonance of the filter. The knob position is combined with the Q input.
Attenuator for Q CV input.
When in the up position engages the distortion circuit on the MULTI output.
Controls the amount of attenuation of the FM1 input. The input tracks 1 V / octave when this knob is fully clockwise.
Controls the amount and polarity of the FM2 input. The input passes unmodified when the knob is fully clockwise, inverted when fully counter-clockwise, and has no effect when at the 12 o’clock position.
Inputs & Outputs
Audio input to the filter.
CV input for the Q control. The CV amount is attenuated by the black attenuator connected to the Q knob.
CV input for the cutoff frequency. Attenuation is controlled by the FM1 knob.
CV input for the cutoff frequency. Attenuation is controlled by the FM2 knob.
4-pole (24 dB / oct) lowpass filter output.
2-pole (12 dB / oct) bandpass filter output.
4-pole (24 dB / oct) highpass filter output.
Configurable filter output, configured by the MODE and TYPE buttons and processed through the distortion circuit if it is enabled.
The MODE and TYPE buttons are used to select the filtered signal available at the MULTI output. Pressing either button cycles through the respective options and the current selection is indicated by the illuminated LEDs. For the labels in between two LEDs, such as modes BP and N, the two LEDs surrounding the label will both be lit to indicate that it is active. Not every mode has 5 types of filters so some of the types may not be used.
The module remembers the last selected type for each mode as well as the last selected mode when it power down.
The types for each mode are arranged such that the filter slope increases with each filter type. For example LP mode A is a 1-pole lowpass, B is a 2-pole, etc.
Diagrams of the filter slopes are available in the Polaris Frequency Responses PDF.
Resonance Balance Trimmer
The side of the Polaris PCB has a resonance balance trimmer that can be used to set the balance of the self-resonating feedback of the filter with the input signal. This trimmer can be adjusted to change the sound of the filter when in self-resonance. Use a phillips head screwdriver to set the balance to taste.