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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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frank gorissen a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
Hi there, I'm a musician playing with the Belgian industrial percussion band Militia and I use the Korg Poly 800 II for the creation of the ryhtms, loops and background music on which the percussion parts, for which Militia is famous, are being played in a live situation. All our records uptill now are mainly based upon the sounds coming from the Korg Poly 800 II,and I will continue using this instrument as the basic source for our forthcoming works!!! It's a mean machine, even in the hands of industrialists !

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-08-2008 at 02:35
Stavros a part-time user from Greece writes:
This is my first synth (at age of 12...). Very simple, but with a lot of programming you can have manny usefull sounds: from deep basess to bright synth strings and with the onboard delay (I think is out of phase) you can have complex sequences. I have manny other synths but, none of them can have interesting results so easy, so fast.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-02-2007 at 01:30
VMT from Finland writes:
My first synth 20+ years ago, so I'm a bit biased :) Great for programming. I was very glad to get poly800 insted of an other with better sounding fixed default-set. The only feature that I missed was having support for more simultaneous voices.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2007 at 10:31
Mico Schofield a professional user from UK writes:
A very underrated synth - most people are put off by the lack of knobs and fairly average presets, but get programming this annoymous-looking little keyboard and you can create subtle boards of canada-esque pads, punchy sub-bass and strange squelches a plenty. The digital interface does take a bit of getting used to and is far from intuitive, but someone with a rudimentary understanding of subtractive synthesis will be underway in no time. It sounds very analogue for a DCO synth. The joystick is a strange and initially annoying feature, but after a while you'll wish all your synths had one. For a great performance assign a very low freq on the MG and you can create filter-sweeps (VCF folks!), subtle pitch bends and portamento effecs with the slightest move of the hand. Genius. Don't underestimate this board, get your digital hands dirty and lap up the analogue goodness!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-05-2006 at 18:59
Al a part-time user from London, UK writes:
I had a Mk 1 for years and then the chance of buying a Mk 2 for just sixty quid (yes, really!) from a friend. Having both versions I was able to compare how things differed between them as well as translate some of the Mk 1's patches for the Mk 2. Eventually I sold the Mk 1 and retained the Mk 2.

The Mk 2 had a certain something; its own character and a very analogue flavour. It could be cold, warm, harsh, gentle, ambient, in-your-face and inbetween. Whatever I was seeking, I always found it on the Mk 2 and sounds were easily editable in any case.

There's 64 memories on-board, all programmable, and you can really get into it. The digital delay parameters help to really enhance the sounds and are not limited to just delays but chorusing, flanging etc. I used to work on a sound and then decide what effect I wanted for it. It was a mono delay though; programming different delay times for the left and right outputs would've been super-cool but hey! It's great anyway.

The sequencer improves on the Mk 1's 256 events to 1,000 events which gives you some room for chords, decent runs, bass parts etc although you'll have to think it out in your head as it's step-time only!

All in all a great little synth. Korg didn't make a rack version (the Mk 1 had the EX800 rackmount) but if you see one in good repair for a bargain price, buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-29-2005 at 12:34
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