Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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steve a professional user from san diego writes:
I picked a poly800 MKII up from guitar center w/a keyboard bag and power supply for $100. Can't argue with that. For the money it's an okay synth. Good for ambient stuff and anything w/a long slow attack. Decent basses too. with a little work it can sound pretty good...same for any synth really. Small enough to put next to a qwerty keyboard and play melodies on. Some people modify them with knobs for certain parameters. it's on the net somewhere. Usefull for lot's of styles of music. Sounds great with some FX. The internal delay is usefull at times but not spectacular. you can get some wierd tunings out of it and fx-ish sounds. fun keyboard. Buy it if you find it cheap. or a cheap DX something or CZ will do just as well.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-08-2000 at 15:09
Andy a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Poly 800... not only good for house, but also for symphonic rock/metal bands who kills their bassplayer. Also created some very funny/spacy/weird/surpricing sounds. Together with a Peavy module it is the basic of the band.

posted Monday-Aug-28-2000 at 15:14
Rix a professional user from rotterdam/holland writes:
WHAT? BAD SYNTH? i don't know any other synth with this many great sounds and possibilities in it for such a low price. okay, it ain't always that efficient to edit each parameter one by one, but i don't think it's possible to find such great sounds in an other synth for such a low price....great for techno, triphop and detroit because of it's nice 80's-sounds...makes your tracks sound timeless....something that's impossible with for instance a JP-8080 or CS2X. very underestimated!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-07-2000 at 04:09
rabbi a part-time user from United States writes:
If you're gonna do the filter mod, replace VR2 on the main circuit board with a 100K audio taper pot, and VR5 with a 10K audio taper pot.

As far as the synth itself, forget cutting bass/lead sounds. The sound is mushy. and burbly. It's at its best doing weird pad/swelling noises and "LFO to Filter" drones. Try before you buy...I love it, but it's no minimoog. Don't pay over $200. (Unless it's modded!) It gets a four for character/uniqueness, not versatility.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-18-2000 at 05:13
Adam a part-time user from Clarkston, MI. 48346 writes:
Here's a link to the page that contains instructions to add the cutoff/rez mod:

Have fun!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-07-2000 at 13:29
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