Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

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Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby haydenvan » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:18 am

Same era analog polys with button clicking programming styles, DCOs, chorus, similar price range. Pros and cons of both against each other?
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby megamanx » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:09 pm

Alpha juno hands down. The juno doesn't need to have the batteries to store patches, it has the alpha dial, making it easier to program, sounds way better imo, better built quality. Some, pros on the poly, batteries (making it portable) and sequencer.
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:23 pm

Alpha Juno 2 also has velocity/aftertouch keys which the Poly 800 and Alpha Juno 1 do not...well worth the extra $$.
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby samuraipizzacat29 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:42 pm

I love my poly 800 (can be had for ~100 if you're patient) but as I'm sure someone else would point out if given the time, there's only one filter for all 8 voices.
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby DesolationBlvd » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:00 pm

Putting it this way - I'm glad my first analog poly was the Alpha Juno and not the Poly-800.
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby vin14 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:56 pm

Have the Alpha, had the Poly Mk2

Alpha has a brighter cleaner sound.
The Poly is dirtier.
Sound wise, it depends on what you like.

The Alpha dial helps with programing and allows a certain amount of real-time tweaking.
The LCD display helps programming too.
The Poly has a 'wall mart' the Alpha gas a proper 'kettle lead'.
You can't overwrite the factory preset bank in the Alpha, no such problem with the Poly.

I still have the Alpha but not the Poly.
Despite being a DCO synth, mine had horrible tuning issues, so I got rid of it many years ago.
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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby Pro5 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:57 am

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Re: Korg Poly 800 vs Roland Alpha Juno

Postby cgren72 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:19 pm

I have a poly 800, and an alpha juno 2.
I like the poly 800 for its weirdness and because of the fact that it does have one filter per voice. This makes it a unique piece. Sure it is a limitation, but people still play monos and that is a limitation as well. So being paraphonic isn't a negative thing, it is just to be played differently.
That being said, it you want a synth that will cover more sonic range, get the roland. If you want a unique piece that can do some very interesting things (6 part envelopes, easy mods), get the poly. There are many sounds made by the poly 800 that i have tried to recreate on other synths, and haven't been able to.
I would buy the poly again if mine broke.
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