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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Vidar a professional user from Norway writes:
The Polysix became to me a source of ultimate pads and "morphing" harmonics. I mean, this is the most impressive machine I ever touched, much because of the truly lovely built-in effects; Chorus, phaser and ensemble. I had to repair the synth after I got it and found it produced only hum and and strange sounds. New IC30 and 31, battery socket and a battery taken from a computer motherboard, plus a few wires between points on the board. Voila, it worked, and I was up all night because I was stunned by its simplicity and warm sound!! Arpeggiator smoother than smooth... Even though the engineers should have done their homework before installing the battery in this synth the way they did, I´ll say this is the most important equipment I ever got my hans on. I got mks-80, mks-70, hs-60, ms6, super bass-station etc. but none of them can do the flying pad jobs like the polysix. Perfect!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-23-2007 at 18:22
Bilderbear a professional user from Netherlands writes:
Can´t people be a bit more objective then saying this thing beats any Jupiter and stuff like that. Come on those are entirely different synths. Let me begin with some negative aspects... First off all the Poly Six is a very limited synthesizer. Its sonic ´pallette´ is not big compared to the broad range of sounds a Jupiter can make for example. Even the 1 oscillator Jupiter 4 is way more advanced with its synthesizer functions (not to mention the Jupiter 4's true analog discrete oscillators and filters that are so much warmer and 'alive' then the Poly 6's standard SSM chips). Then there is no portamento or glide or whatever. Third, there is only one envelope generator and LFO etc.etc.etc. Also the low end of the sound isn't really that great...its gritty and raw yes but there is not much 'round' bass...there is not much sophistication like you can hear on the low end of Roland Juno 6 or 60. Sure there are many things the Poly Six can do better then the Juno's but vice versa...

Let me also say that I think the Poly Six IS a very good synthesizer. Its simple yet designed in such a way that it sqeezes out the maximum of the simplicity. The Chord memory makes up for the 1 vco yet then the synth becomes mono...the analog phaser and chorus effects are beautifull and the sound is not bad for an SSM chip synth...its also a very inspiring synth that is fun to play and they are cheap and yes every analog synth lover should get one! But it can never take on the power of a Jupiter 8 for example...

There is also the remark that somebody sais you can't compare the Juno and Poly Six cause the Poly six is VCO and the Juno DCO and thats bad blah blah blah...remember kids, DCO and VCO are almost the same...there are both analog oscillators in these synths, the only difference is that the DCO has an extra digital circuit that keeps the analog oscillator in tune.

There is so much synthesizer ignorance out there...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-11-2006 at 19:38
Cramar Stevens a professional user from US-Niagra writes:
I buy and sell keyboards for a job and I've always earned well from the polysix. This is becoming a rare synth. They used to be everywhere. Now you rarely get offered one. I can say without doubt that I get offered more Prophet 5s. This was a synth which was always badly maintained and misused. They just wore out. Most synths will die if the battery is allowed to leak. They were cheap to buy. They worked in bars, hotels and on cruise ships, like the DX7, and got thrown away when things went wrong. What a shame. The sounds are very good. This is a synth with loads of character. It provides one fat sound. The OB8 is a much more troublesome beast, as people quickly find out! The polysix was capable of taking one hell of a lot of a beating and would just keep on going. They were very strongly put together. Much stronger than a juno etc. The keyboard is a problem. Those rubber contacts die, as on all simlar synth actions, and are expensive/difficult to replace. Check out that all keys sound before you buy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-06-2006 at 07:51
Mike Thompson a professional user from USA writes:
I have had my Polysix for 2 years now. I would totally rave about this synth if it weren't for the dreaded battery problem. I have been able to use the Polysix for 1 year out of the two. The last few months the board has been out for replacement at Old Crow's synth shop. Prior to that it just sat in a closet because the thought of spending another few hundred dollars to have the board fixed or replaced just didn't really appeal to me. And now that I have an OB-8 I think the Polysix will be kind of useless besides for bass sounds and the arpeggiator since it works in unison while the OB-8 does not. Overall it's a good synth for the money despite one VCO. The effects section really adds to the character of the sound. Without it the sounds are thin but useable if that's what you're going for. It might not be everybody's cup of tea but I sure liked it before I got into bigger territory. It's just hard to justify having to spend extra money on the battery fix on a synth so cheap. Reccommend purchasing one that has already had the repair done, especially if you'd like to use yours for a while without issues.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-03-2006 at 23:25
Maxim a part-time user from Berlin writes:
I agree with some reviewer's opinion that the Polysix blows away the sound of many Roland synths. It is all about the filter ... and the chorus and phaser. I have used a Nord Lead 2 for years. The sound is nice, you can make very complex patches, fat basses etc. Something I missed in the filter. The resonance is rather bad. Then I bought a Juno 6, later also Juno 60 and Juno 106. Astonished of the different sound of these nice analog machines, after some time I got bored of the sound a bit. I still use a Juno 60 for bass and Juno 106 for all kind of sounds, where cold sounds fit nice in the mix. The Juno 60 has great punch. When I bought finally the Polysix I realized what I was missing all the years and what reminded me of good all times, it was the warm sound of this synthesizer. This dark sound of the 70ies and 80ies. Even my MKS-80 doesn't sound so vintage like this thing. The sound is just AMAZING !!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-12-2006 at 08:59
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