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Hammond Novachord
Manufacturer Hammond
Dates 1939–1942
Technical specifications
Polyphony 72-voices
Oscillator Divide-down
LFO 6-channel electromechanical vibrato
Synthesis type Subtractive analogue
Filter 3-stage resonant bandpass
Keyboard 72-notes

The Novachord is what many people say is the first polyphonic synthesizer. It is completely electronic. It was designed by John M. Hanert, Laurens Hammond and C. N. Williams. It was then made by the Hammond company. Only 1,069 Novachords were made between 1939 and 1942.

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