korg poly 800 vs microkorg

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korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby mizu » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:33 am

as said
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby meatballfulton » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:48 pm

The Poly 800 has exactly two advantages compared to the MicroKorg:

-- full sized keys
-- analog filter (monophonic though...P800 is not a truly polyphonic synth)

In all other respects the MicroKorg is far superior.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby Pro5 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:55 am

This is like asking what's better, having your tooth extracted or having your tooth filled. Either way it's gonna hurt and be money you'd rather spend elsewhere. :)



BTW Poly800 has better sounding filter but unfortunately it's ONE filter for the whole synth (not per voice). I'm no fan of the MicroKorg but would take it over the poly 800 I think.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby meatballfulton » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:45 pm

Pro5 wrote:Poly800 has better sounding filter but unfortunately it's ONE filter for the whole synth (not per voice)


It's also only a low pass filter...microKorg filter is multimode.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby cgren72 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:42 pm

the poly 800 is probably my favorite synth out of a dw-8000, microkorg, virus b, moog mg 1, and others. The poly 800 is very straightforward and easy to use. it does have limitations, but it makes really unique sounds. the usual filter and fm mods make it by far better than the microkorg.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby Stab Frenzy » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:01 pm

The Poly is cool because it has full-sized keys, it's less common and the paraphonicness of it means it sounds good through guitar pedals. That's often overlooked but I think worth mentioning. I often run a polysynth into my Evolver (at the moment the Tetra is permanently hooked up like that) to make it paraphonic, it's a cool sound that isn't used all that much.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby cgren72 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:34 pm

Agreed stab frenzy, and it being paraphonic isnt all that bad. It just has to be used diffrently. You wouldnt feel upset that your monosynth could only play one note at a time, you would just use it accordingly. one of my favorite songs that ive made relys on it being paraphonic. with it being paraphonic, you can play diffrent notes while sweeping the cutoff with the eg without it opening the filter back up, as long as one or more keys are held down.
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Re: korg poly 800 vs microkorg

Postby ColorForm2113 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:06 am

having owned a poly800 and played the microkorg (the first one) i would definitely say the 800 is more unique sounding. as stab said its good for running through effects (phaser! i wish i had my Murf at the same, that would probably sound pretty incredible) decent analog chorus. it does bass ok but its best at strings, organ, and pads i think. also check out the HAWK-800 mod/upgrade/hack gives it ton more sound and modulation possibilities, i sold mine off before i could get that done so i could buy a drum machine which i then sold to buy a Murf ironically.

microkorg is neat its got a vocoder and built in effects, arppegiator so its a more versatile. and you can probably dial in "vintage" sounds a lot easier.

so i guess it depends on what your looking to use it for :?
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