What is the difference between polyphony and timbrality?

What is the difference between polyphony and timbrality?

This is a question asked many times by customers looking to buy their first synthesizer.

 

Monotimbral means only one sound can be played at a time, whereas multitimbral means more than one voice at once.

Monophonic means a single note or key can be played at once. Polyphonic means more than one at a time.

For example : Mininova is Monotimbral so one sound at a time, but it can play eight notes at once (8 note polyphonic) with the chosen sound.

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