Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Tony Ballou a part-time user from USA writes:
I have owned this board since 1985, and it still comes out of the corner and kicks much ass! Even though it lacks in sequencing power, in terms of note limitations, time keeping, and the fact that the sequencer is step-time rather than real-time; it makes up for it with dynamic organ sounds, especially the pipe, and Hammond B3 the electric piano, is great, and if you tweek it just right, the bass can sound funky. Also, it's cool when you can strap that baby to your shoulders and carry it around on stage. I like it, and the people I play it for love it. If you enhance it's flexibility with a delay pedal, phase shifter, or chorus pedal, you can produce some intresting effects. Before I split, anyone who screws around with the batteries is going to loose sounds; tha'ts why in the manual they specifically tell you to keep that monster hooked to some juice. You can also use the write protect feature to preserve your stuff. I have never lost sounds in my Poly-800, but I'd loose my mind if I had to go without it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-17-2000 at 12:08
mellowvibes a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Let's see...the 800...hmm...very different from my other keyboard(Alesis QS7.1)....not good for acoustic instruments....but for the analog-type sounds it handles them fairly well. Dont get this as your main board, though, especially if you are working with complicated chords like 13ths coz its polyphony simply can't handle it....but i leave that for my big alesis(64 poly)....the fact that someone can strap it on and burn down the house with your guitar player on a double instrument lead...thats pretty cool in itself....very light for this too, and the joystick is at a good position to bend those patches and modulate them. I dont know why it was given such a huge rating for has a few decent ones in the presets..but maybe the user got some pretty good ones from programming them...if you want yuor band or performance to stand out-strap this on a play out front....a great experience for the player 2! if you got any stuff on this korg, or want to share

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-30-2000 at 04:06
Brian Andrew Marek a professional user from the United States writes:
I just got a Poly 800 recently, added the obligatory knobs for filter cutoff etc., and I love it! Once again, like others have said, you wouldn't want to use this thing as your main axe - I personally think it's best for fleshing out your sound with leads, bass lines, and an occasional swirly noise!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-16-2000 at 13:51
grant a hobbyist user from U.S.A writes:
I have to say that the poly800 is one of my favorite synths. It doesn't perform well when being used as the only synth in a setup, but thats not what it was designed to do. I got mine for 100$ used with the manuals and a couple data cassettes. Its a very unique synth and i can spend hours on it. Probably the best beginners synth for under 200$.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-19-2000 at 14:41
Einstein a part-timer user from Detroit, MI writes:
Nice machine for under $100... Sounds really 80's but the joystick like mod knob is cool for controlling other synths.

If you can find it for $90 or less buy it! Simple as that.

I even put knobs on my case to control the filter and Q in realtime...Ony downside is that it screws your patches up a bit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-1999 at 18:05
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