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korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby druzz » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:44 am

korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000.
i have the dw-8000 . i like the wack sound i can make out of it . just had a poly 800 for free and its more fun than i tough.
i heard very little of the poly 61 but i like the sound. can someone compare it to one of the two others or both?
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby tekkentool » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:45 am

easy win for the DW!
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby sam » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:57 pm

The poly 61 sounds quite nice...Just crippled by the lack of resolution on most parameters.
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby Rangoon » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:42 am

By many people's account, the original poly-6 would rank above any of those three...
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby sam » Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:27 pm

Rangoon wrote:By many people's account, the original poly-6 would rank above any of those three...


Yes the polysix is an amazing synth ....
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby druzz » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:08 am

yeah, but i would say the polysix is in an other class
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby bleurgh » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:40 pm

Poly61 and Poly800 aren't terribly different sound wise. But the 61 has a VCF for each voice as opposed to the 800's single VCF for the whole shebang. Therefore the 61 is better for pads.

I'd say you've largely covered the mid-eighties Korg sound with the Poly800 and DW8000. Go for a different brand altogether if your thinking about getting another synth.
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby Joey » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:51 pm

the 61 has the best filter... SSM, and it has them for each voice
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby rockmanrock » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:49 pm

Joey wrote:the 61 has the best filter... SSM, and it has them for each voice


The Poly 6 has the SSMs, the 61 uses some NJM chips. I think I read somewhere the NJMs are equivalent to some standard chips of some sort, LM13600 (?).

The 61 might be DCO but it has two oscillators, one with PWM and I think it sounds great. The filter is excellent, very gritty and characterful. Check out the Synthmania demos. If you can find a Poly 61M for cheap, I'd recommend grabbing it.
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby OriginalJambo » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:46 pm

rockmanrock wrote:The Poly 6 has the SSMs, the 61 uses some NJM chips. I think I read somewhere the NJMs are equivalent to some standard chips of some sort, LM13600.


Really? I thought the Poly61 had SSM filters. :shock:
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby solderguy » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:38 am

Yup.... Poly-61 filters are based on a garden-variety dual OTA chip, the LM13600 ( originally made by National Semiconductor ) or NJM13600 ( same thing, from New Japan Radio ). And it's a 2-pole filter, so different sounding than the usual 4-pole filter. And there are loads of 13600 chips around if replacement is needed. The Polysix uses the SSM2044 chip. Poly-800 uses the NJM2069 ( same chip as Korg DW synths ).
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby 0e0 » Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:26 am

the NJM chips in the DW sounds really wet and nice...much "deeper" than some of the CEM filter chips that i've heard.

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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby hageir » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:26 pm

Joey wrote:the 61 has the best filter... SSM, and it has them for each voice



Yes.
I haven't tried the DW, but I've had the Poly-61 and the Poly-800.

The Poly-61 has an awesome arpeggiator as well.
Also, OSC.2 is 4-Bit; it's super lo-fi and crunchy, SSM filters!

And the best part:
it's so early "digital-control" that you can easily put a pot on it to control Filter Cutoff and Resonance!
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby nvbrkr » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:44 pm

I have a perverse preference for the 61's looks. :lol:

If I didn't had an EX-800 already I would have most likely searched a Poly-61 for myself. But since the Poly / EX-800 -experience hasn't been all that I was hoping for - and I wasn't really hoping for much - I'd most likely skip any prospect of buying one for even a reasonable price.
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Re: korg poly-61 vs korg poly800 vs korg dw-8000

Postby Kenneth » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:10 pm

I've owned both the Poly 800 and Poly 61 and I'd like to say that they are very different from each other. The 800 is incapable of producing a true saw wave. What it does is it creates five consecutively shorter pulse waves and then locks them all into the same phase, giving you something that resembles a saw, but not closely. It sounds very icy and digital because of this, and the 61 produces real saw. That gives it a much warmer sound. The one thing that is similar between the two is the editing interface. You're using buttons to edit everything, but it works well and there's no menu diving for hidden parameters. I've never played a DW-8000, but between the 800 and 61, my vote is for the 61. If you can find a 61M get that: then you'll have MIDI implementation too.
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