Synth Site: Korg: Poly-61M: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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RD a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Tremendous value. These can be found for under $120 and are worth every penny. Typical 80's analog sound. Programming takes a little patience, but worth learning. Go find one, you won't regret it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2006 at 14:55
SYNTEX77 from Italy writes:
Similar ( but better ) at the poly 800 (but 61 keys and is not same at a toys), this synth have similar sound and features. This is a classic ibrid synth width the MIDI, if you can buy one a low price...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-06-2004 at 17:22
Teknob a hobbyist user from writes:
Regards to Omni_off, what works for JX3p (same era Roland) is to loop back midi out into the midi in with one lead, and turn unit on. The first msg sent is the manufacturer code, and this turns omni off (That is what I read, but hey, it werks) t

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-04-2002 at 04:06
Paulo Santos a hobbyist user from BRAZIL writes:
Very nice synth. The sounds are unique, powerful and have their own characteristics. I purchased it by US$ 300,00 (M) model, and it is very good condition. I have a lot of equipments from 80', JUNO-60, Jupiter 8, Prophet-5, Matrix-6, JX-8P, and a lot more.... But this synth really find it's own place between then. For those who like to compose electronic music is a good acquisition. The only problem is that the MIDI implementation is very limited and when you turn it on, it is adjusted in Omni ON mode. I don't know how to change it to Omni OFF. I think someone know how to make a hardware modification to set it permanently to Omni OFF... If someone can help, I will appreciate!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-03-2002 at 16:15
Herve B. a part-time user from Canada writes:
I agree with my Australian friend concerning the Poly 61. But I'll give it a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons. First, ease of use. This thing is easier to program than some alarm clocks, no kidding . The manual is great for a change. And the sounds are really good once you start to tweak them a bit and use,with moderation, some effect processor such as reverb. You have to keep in mind that this synth was made in the early 80's and has been used by Rick Wakeman among other synth oficionados . I have the M version which has the same synth engine as the regular 61 but with midi in and out. Don't expect too much as far as midi goes. Also remember something that a lot of people have a tendency to forget. MIDI IS NOT THAT OLD . We all take it for granted but this is still a relatively new technology . It is indeed solidly built. My unit was in absolutely mint condition when I purchased it a couple of month ago from a friend who used it twice in 84 and put it back in it's original box with the original manual. Not a scratch . $200 Can . Honestly I would not pay more. But considering the shape, the box, the manual and the synth itself, for this price you can't go wrong. I tried a few combinations. I hooked up a JV1010, then an EMU Extreme lead, then I hooked it up on the MIDI out of an Ensoniq FIZMO. This is how I am using it right now. This combination is deadly. I pretty well have the FIZMO under control, and adding some patches from the POLY definitely gives an extra bite to the FIZ. But I use both on their own as well. All in all a fine synth -the poly61M- that I highly recommend. Again $150 to $200 MAX IS FINE in working condition. Herve

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-22-2000 at 09:06
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