Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Michael Jones a professional user from Australia writes:
Don't forget squelchy! Even before putting this synth through any reverb, I've been able to program some very tactile, dynamic sounds. Can't wait to use them next time I'm writing in an appropriate idiom.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-27-2006 at 20:24
aphadaphaler a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I give this a 4 partly because of the price, if it was 300$ i would give it a 3. The sounds in this polyphonic analog keyboard are great. The factory presets are 80's cheese but with a little programming i've manage some sick sub-bass, eerie evolving tones, a couple nice leads, stabs and effects. This is not a twiddle and diddle synth its one you really need to program, but huge tones are possible. Good organ sounds. The hold/chord memory are nice and the chords will be sent over midi. The onboard sequencer is rudimentary but works well if you don’t mind manually setting the tempo with the slider, you can program rests and the # of steps the note will remain on, it will accept chords as well. For those with no manual to use the chord memory switch from poly to hold mode input your chord then press the chord memory button and release the notes. If you want a mono synth sound just input one key, or a key and its octave. when in chord mode each time a key is depressed that chord is retriggered. The onboard sequencer will not send midi. I paid 20$ but would pay $150+ for another if I had to.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-12-2006 at 15:08
mike a professional user from usa writes:
I love how people say this does not sound good. What is good sound? huh? thats what I though. If your so full of yourself and think your high and mighty and KNOW what sounds good than your just GOD arnt your. People who dog a keybroads sound needs to accept the fact they lack any creativity to make something sound good. Hell, reznor used a block of wood on one of his tracks for a sample. well.. im done wasting my time here. The poly-800 rocks.... yes dont buy one. that way I can buy another one cheap.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-07-2006 at 22:50
kiniradmod a professional user from germany writes:
in my opinion a bad machine,bought it,played around with it for to month,sold it,the only cool thing is the joystick,but getting boring to after a while. sometimes i wonder what kind of music people make who give this thing a five,i guess shit techno like in 1990 or stupid popsongs ,i dont know and im sorry if i judge you wrong.i bought an yamaha sy35 for nearly them price and hell it is so much better i cant believe it,if i put my casio shitboard trough 2 or 3 effects it sonds a lot more beautiful and its a lot more flexible,stay away and if you want to try do not pay more than 60 euros if you have an poly800 than play it and feel happy

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-30-2005 at 14:38
Jon Grandin a part-time user from UK writes:
A lot of people miss the point here - sure, this synth is limited, but so is the Roland Juno Series. And THAT'S the point - this baby is totally on a par with the (Alpha) Junos - it is easily as warm on the pads, and it's just as punchy on the basses and the leads.

The only thing that keeps the Poly 800 cheaper than the Juno series is that no-one famous said you should get one. If Liam Howlett had used one on "Charly", this would be the prize and the Juno would be the cheap alternative.

This keyboard rocks - just ask Orbital or Depeche Mode!

(Oh, and I'm now on my second - this time the really rare reverse keys version)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-24-2005 at 20:22
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