Synth Site: Korg: Poly 61: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Kevin Burke a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Well, what can I say - the Korg Poly-61 was my first synth ever - in the early eighties I started writing with this synth. Eventually I sold it in favour of a computer purchase, but after spending years trying to find a Poly-61M to integrate into my current studio, I found and bought one. Lovely pads and some useable basses on this easily programmed machine, looks cool, midi is rudimentary, storage is to cassette. BTW- Kid Nepro still has a few cassette dumps of the original sounds. I've just ordered the manual from Korg. The plastic handle of the joystick is missing on my unit (what are the odds of getting THAT?). All in all - I love this synth. It's different. It's what makes it special.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Magpie a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I love my poly-61, despite the fact that it's getting old and takes longer and longer to warm up (the keyboard is crap, unfortunately) Pad, string type sounds, and suchlike are quite good, and programming is simple. It's especially good for layering with other sounds to add body (in fact I wish Korg offered a rackmount version with better midi for precisely this purpose)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Josha a part time user from North America writes:
I have the Poly-61 with midi which is totally a bonus, I can sync it with my cheesey sounding mc-303 to give my overall compositions a little more depth, still not recordable material yet. I intend to sync it up with my computer. Bringing the cutoff way down and the volume way up I can get some enormous base that shakes the whole floor of my dorm room. I am quite greatful to my mom's cousin who gave this to me for helping him move an organ, that makes my Korg seem like a pretty awesome deal. I don't think I could ever get rid of it, then again why would I want to get rid of any synth once its in my posession.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Kevin Steele a hobbyist user from Glasgow, Scotland writes:
I have fond memories of my Dad's when I was seven years old, when he bought it new in '84 for 700 pounds (that's approx $1200). My favourite bits were some of the crazy but cool synth effects such as #18 Helicopter, and # and #75 Grunge. The harpsicord sound on #52 was great if you played a chord into the arpeggiator, and turned up the speed full blast -- you got one hell of a fruit machine impression!!! I remember one when my dad tampered with the useless tape interface, and wiped the entire memory !! I had to sit with Korg's big table of parameter values, and reprogamme everything form scratch. It's greatest claim to fame were some of the speaker bursting string sounds - such as #11, #12 and #42. Perhaps it did'nt get the appreciation it deserved - it was Korg's first digital programmable synth after all. The main problem was that it came out the same time as the vastly superior Yamaha DX-7, and suffered from all the usual Korg analogue idiosyncracies, such as going out of tune when it was cold. Dad eventually traded it in against a new Ensoniq EPS bampler, but he still has samples of all his favourite P61 sounds!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
will a part time user from wales UK writes:
This is a good hybrid synth ofr the cost. It isn't that bad really. When I bought it though I thought you could make up the sounds from scratch-you cant you have to calter those already there- but they are good. They can get quite tempremental mine didnt work adequate til a week after movement but analogs are susestible to coditions. I also doesn't like temperatures belo 27 celcius, and it must be warm itself, leave it on for two hours and turn it off and on. Batteries are vartas 17mA and you can get them from a german based company "varta". You might need one soon. You can succesfully dump memory patches to computer via waves and they load easily, so no big problem there. Nice futuristic colour and shape. get it,

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
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