Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Jon a part-timer user from UK writes:
Well, it's cheap, and you can stick a soldering iron in it and add some knobs for cutoff and resonance, which adds a lot of realtime playability to the thing. And you can get pretty much any sound you want out of it if you actually invest some time in learning how to program it. Put some batteries in it and the memory loss problem goes away. Anyone who can't have fun playing with a Poly 800 doesn't know how to have fun at all. Losers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-24-1999 at 05:14
Ryan Link a professional user from US writes:
The Poly 800 is a very underrated synth and is quite a beast! I replaced my CS1x with the poly800 and absolutely love the poly800. It may not be for everyone but it packs one hell of a punch for the price, I snagged a su10 out of the trade for the CS1x also which is a fun little sampler.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-08-1999 at 17:02
I have a Polly 800ii and quite like it. I haven't had the memory problems but then I haven't sequenced it much. I have saved my banks with Techno Toys MidiHack. I highly recommend using this tool. You can get it here: <a href="">TechnoToys</a><br> As far as comparing this to full blown professional synths, I really wouldn't. This isn't quite a toy, but rather a somewhat slimmed down lightweight analog synth. I'd probably rank on it as well if I didn't see it this way. This is a fun piece and a good buy at $175 US or under. I got mine for $135. : ) It is very light and pretty compact and it runs on batteries. It's the perfect travel synth - extremely light as well. You can cary it with one hand! The sounds are okay - really pop sounding. Decent pads, tinkle sounds, and brass. It also has a nice Decay effect. I give it a 4 for portability, affordability, and simplicity. If you are looking for a center piece synth don't bother. If you're looking for a light portable anolog pop-synth that you can lounge on the couch with or take camping with you get it. Also, it can run on standard C Batteries!!! No annoying wires but your headphones to deal with when on the road or on the couch. Nice camping or hotel synth. : )

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-23-1999 at 16:59

<BR> Very nice and clean sounding portable analog - nice delay effects. It can run on batteries, and you can cary it around with just one hand! Definite lap synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-31-1998 at 00:10
Jesse Legg a professional user from United States (University of Florida) writes:
It is an indespensible part of any studio that I set up. The only problem is the unpredictability of patch losses. Usualy what makes the machine dump them is large

power surges. I haven't had a problem with lightning but I have had a go with most mixers that send out voltage when you turn them off.

The easiest thing to do is to TURN OFF THE POLY-800 FIRST. Also, the P.C. that I have been using will cause

the POLY-800 to dump when it is switched on. This only happens when the POLY-800 is connected via MIDI IN. IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO TRADE PATCH CHARTS, LET ME KNOW!!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
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