Over the years, there were a couple of requests for Vox Humana patches on this forum. Just recently, I stumbled over one of those threads and started to wonder whether it could be done. Since I don't have access to a PolyMoog 280A, I was stuck until I found this:
Download them here (choose sfz+wav). These wave files can be played on every wav player.
I have tried to program the Vox Humana on different synths. Some were very good but making an "exact" replica is nearly impossible.
Mostly they lack warmth and fatness and sound much to bright in the lower regions.
However the Virus Ti does (should do) an excellent job. The trick is to use a Saw and Pulse waveform. Use correct LFO's settings --> pitch and Pulse width modulation and a 3rd LFO for this classic sound.
Last night, I downloaded the files (Thanks Joeri!) and used them as reference to try a couple of different approaches on the Virus TI.
Please find attached two patches, which IMO come reasonably close. I tried also to make them use as little resources as possible, on order to keep polyphony high in multi/sequencer mode.
- VoxHmn1 uses the HyperSaw oscillator
- VoxHmn2 uses the suggested approach of combining saw and pulse waves and modulating detune and pulse width with three LFOs
- VoxHmn3 is a refined version, using three LFOs to separately modulate the pitch of both OSC and the PW of OSC 1. Additional refinement include LFO speeds, OSC 1 pulse width, OSC 2 detune, filter characteristics, filter tracking, EQ, and velocity sensitive attack. Use the second filter and effects to taste.
These are sort of raw templates for the basic sound and need their Amp Envelopes, Velocity sensitivity and FX adjusted to taste.
Please let me know what you think. Maybe together, we can create the ultimate PM patches.
Edit: Removed outdated download. Please use patches available below.