KIJIMI – RSF Polykobol II Clone Made In Japan

The CS-80 Clone DECKARD’S DREAM has been on everyone’s lips for some time. Now there’s a new synthesizer in the portfolio of the Japanese manufacturer Black Corporation: KIJIMI. It’s a clone of the legendary RSF Polykobol II synthesizer. KIJIMI will be presented at the SuperBooth 2018 for the first time. And we hope the whole story isn’t a late April Fool’s joke …

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However, the name seems a little strange. Instead of “kijimi” we’d read “K | J | M |”. Like “Kobol | Japan | Module |” or something similar. The announcement of the Polykobol II replica immediately caused a stir. Olivier Grall – synthesizer collector, RSF expert and owner of two Polykobol II – is in doubt wheather such an unique vintage instrument can actually be offered as a “clone” (or as a replica, who cares). The original Polykobol II is characterized by many very special components and circuits.

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Nevertheless: 8 analog voices with CEM3340 VCOs and SSM2240 VCFs, plus two LFOs with lots of modulation destinations – that doesn’t sound too bad. Even though we can’t expect a Polykobol II in rack format, the concept of this new analog synthesizer could be exciting. All the more so, as – as with Deckard’s Dream – an additional expander with CV inputs is to be expected. And then there’s the polyphonic aftertouch feature. Something the original RSF does not offer.

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So, all in all, KIJIMI could turn out to be an interesting, good sounding and elaborate analog rack synthesizer.

More information shall be available after SuperBooth 2018.
We are curious …

2 thoughts on “KIJIMI – RSF Polykobol II Clone Made In Japan

  1. different VCO, different filter, probably different envelope (no idea which envelope chip is used here yet) so indeed, why call it a clone if not for ease of sales like it’s been done for ages in the world of plug-ins?

    Like the Deckard’s Dream, it’s just a rough copy of the features and looks, not of the sound engine…