Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Richard Grenfell a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
I've had this little baby for about 18 months now; I particularly like the combination of sequencer and joystick for dance type wah-wah effects. I hook it up to my bassist/co-songwriter friend's Amiga, a Roland PR-1 MIDI player/recorder, and my latest acquisition, a Yamaha DX7. Cost was £150, including the original box and manual, and a full set of programmed sounds - best ones are a couple of the bell/chime and some very 80's pop sounds (Talking Heads, Stranglers, Depeche Mode). Love it to bits, but the other day I saw a Casio CZ5000 for £250 - 16-track sequencer and polytimbral! Still, I won't be upgrading it - it is unique.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
John Sullivan a hobbyist user from Marshall Islands writes:
An excellent machine for it's time. Most negative reviews are from people

who didn't see what was around (or cost) back in '85. Mine stayed in

storage for over five years and still retained all it's patches. Still has

a good sound IF you take the time to learn to program it correctly.

Definitely not user friendly if you aren't technically oriented!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Michael Sims a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Great fun!

The interface does leave a little to be desired (it probably seemed like a good

idea in '85) but it can make some great noises with some strange effects. And

anyway, anything with a joystick has got to be a winner! The only trouble is I have no manual. I don't have any preset sounds on it and

don't know how to use the sequencer (if it does actually work). Can anybody

help me ? Are there any on-line manuals or information out there ?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
MW-Arts a part time user from Switzerland writes:
I got a Poly 800 back in 85 when it was absolutly new in Stores..i had to beg for

money in my whole familly ..but one day i got the 1500.-Sfr and my Grandfather bougt

it for me. He had to lent me 50.- more because the Netadapter was not included.

I was so happy .

A few years later i sold it for 1000.- needed money :(

So about 7 Years later i found the Rackmount Version of it for about 300.-

i bought just because of the good old times..

But now it dont works anymore..probably there is a batterie inside that has to be changed.

If anyone needs the manual i got it could scan it and send by Email..i think there

was a German French and English one included.

I still like it , and in these Days Synthesizers with sound like the 800 become very popular again..

So i have to put my nose inside it this weekend to make it &quot;life&quot; again ;)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Marcel Zimmet a hobbyist user from australia writes:
A cute, funny instrument. My one tends to detune itself periodically. I think it has a mind of its own. It can also destroy some of its own sounds if it wants to. I've managed to get some great sounds out of it by putting it through a G3 Korg guitar effects processor; add some long delay, some flange and a bit of distortion - hey presto the Poly-800 gains some credibility.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
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