Synth Site: Korg: Poly-61M: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Lenti Lenko a professional user from Australia writes:
The Poly 61 (non MIDI version) was the 1st synthe I ever used! I programmed the F&^* out of this synthe. It has a very basic synthe architecture with 2 digital oscillators going into a VCF (with self oscillating resonance) and a ADSR EG which is shared by both the VCF and VCA (very limiting here!). There is an onboard arpeggiator and unison mode (I used the latter very often). Basically, I spent whole weekends playing around with this synthe! I reprogrammed all the 64 sound locations and managed to get some nice dancy basses, warm stringy pads and even half decent organs happening. Don't bother using it for any kind of piano sounds (non velocity/aftertouch keyboard with crappy action doesn't help here either!). It is easy to program with all the (20) synthe parameters displayed on the front panel. This synthe is very well built and when run through even a cheap digital FX processor, it really makes some nice sounds from the olden days (ie- late 70's early 80's!!!!). However, I wouldn't rush out and buy one, unless you were offered practically nothing for it because there are other much better endowed synthes out there for not that much more money from that era (check out Korg DW8000!). However, if you are the proud owner of a Poly 61, I am sure that you have (and still continue to) use it to it's fullest potential- the basic nature of this synthe makes this quite easy to achieve!!!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-18-1999 at 08:39
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