Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Pascal Cardinal a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I own currently own one and I wouldn't let go of it. First of all the overall

sound capabilities of this synth are immense, secondly, the intergrated &quot;kinda&quot;

sequencer is fun and easy to use to make arpegiator-like techno phrases and finally,

the synth looks great, is small and is lightweight. CONS: The oscillators have a tendency to detune themselves, a firm shake of

the synth usually does it for me!!! Good buy for a collectioner (I bought mine in a pawn shop for 100$ canadian)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
SpeedWx a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This one started it all for me. Great beginner synth in 1985. Interface leaves a LOT to be desired but nice effects can be created with the MG 6-part envelope. Cute &amp; portable, my teenage cousin has this one now teaching him the basics like I learned...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Pete T. a hobbyist user from San Francisco CA writes:
This keyboard has fatt bass, I use its bass to test my sound system's bass capability, it makes the walls shake. I also made a modification where instead of pressing the buttons to adjust laets say the resonance, now all you have to do is turn a knob, one is for UP and another for DOWN. If you want to find out about the mod e-mail me, I'll have a web page on how to do it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
This is my first ever synth. Got it in 1985. Actually it's the first synth I ever played. I remember being a young teenager in the music store just totally fasinated with that joystick. I must have drove the salesman crazy, &quot;Great there goes someone else with that stupid bender.&quot; But I thought it was so cool. If only I had a Poly-800 with that joystick, then that's all I need to be cool and popular. Everyone will think I'm cool and girls will line up because of my joystick (Sorry, no pun intended). Ok, so I didn't become cool, I actually became more of a geek, as I spent all my time locked in my room writting songs. And like a guitarist who uses his first whammy bar, I learned to stop playing with that stupid joystick (Please don't find any puns in that too). Anyway, it's a great little keyboard for the money. I sold my original one in '89, but missed it so much I bought a used one for $150 a couple of years ago. It is so simple to use and the parameter chart printed on it was a great idea by Korg. Still not a fast and easy as an analog synth, but a piece of cake for a digital.

It's not worth alot of money but if you can get one cheap it might add a new sound or two to your music. I admit much of my appreciation of it is more for sentimental reasons than functional reasons. Also, I have the manual and original patch sheet for making coopies if anyone is interested. I would only charge a small fee to cover my trouble. I can also make tape backups of the sounds by way of the tape interface if anyone needs a copy. A happy little synth. Enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Gordon JC Pearce a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
Sorry about the email address in my last message - These are the correct email addresses for me. A lot of you have problems with losing the sounds from the memory. There could be two reasons for this. The cmos battery may be flat - it's a round flat one about 4cm across on the bottom right side of the main board. I think it's 2.4 or 3.6 volts - if you can find a "real" one all well and good otherwise use ordinary nicads made up to the correct voltage. Then all should be well. Before opening the creature up, though, try plugging it in and leaving it on for a day or so, ie. 24hrs. See if this recharges the battery. Other than that, I've had problems with the top 8 patchs getting scrambled when doing things over midi. I don't know what does this, I've never found a cause or a cure... email to: for more details.

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