Talk me out of getting a Polysix

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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby commodorejohn » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:30 am

Hmm. I was under the impression that the Prophet 600 was DCO, but looking at the specs I see I was mistaken. Might have to take that into consideration...of course, a Prophet 5 would be sweet as hell, but that's well out of my price range at the moment. Could probably manage a 600 if I sold my stringers, assuming it would suitably replace them...
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby monolith » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:53 am

I think between a prophet 600, matrix 6 and a stereo chorus pedal you'd have more strings than you'll ever need yes?
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby commodorejohn » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:55 am

You know, probably so. Which means I really oughta get off my ass and get that Rockman Soloist I have wired for a DC power adapter...
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby Pro5 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:48 am

why would I talk you out of a polysix? got two here and they sound great. Nasty filter? no way - prob needed calibrating or was battery damaged. It's a beautiful filter far more interesting than the DCO Roland stuff too.

When you get to know it, it has a far higher range of sounds than the Junos too. A tiny movement on the filter/knobs can make massive changes, unlike Junos where it's just one limited sweet spot.

Suggest you try one first and see for yourself, some people really love the P6 (I prefer it to my now gone juno 60/6)
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby commodorejohn » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:52 am

I'd love to try one, but unfortunately this area doesn't offer a lot of good options for demoing vintage gear unless I want to trek down to the Twin Cities for it or something just happens to turn up in the local music shop...anyway, I've still got my eye on that third Polysix, we'll see how that develops, but I gotta admit the more I listen to demos of the P600 the more I'm liking it...
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby Pro5 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:57 am

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/electron ... ead-6.html

:) (scroll down to see various polysix comments from P6 fans)

I almost gave up selling mine, but the buyer already paid. I was testing it prior to shipping, turned on the arpeggiator, hit some big "jazz chord", set a slow tempo, enabled latch, long release time, closed the filter a bit, added reso = super hypnotic tones that you can listen for hours and never get enough of it.

Never play a synth before selling it. I was really sad after it departed.

When the buyer received it i told him to test that patch, and he too spent an hour listening to one single chord. It was hilarious.

Don't hesitate to push it into unison and use it as a mono synth. It is fantastic for the old funk and disco basslines!

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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby monolith » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:15 am

Pro5 wrote:Nasty filter? no way - prob needed calibrating or was battery damaged.


No it was absolutely fine, i meant the ssm korg Mono/Poly - Polysix filter in general, I think its just the 'weakest part of both those synths.

But as I said, thats just my opinion! :D
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby tomorrowstops » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Man, did you see how much that dumpster P6 went for? $433? Yiiikes

The P600 is awesome. I had one for a couple weeks. Definitely sounds like a Sequential board. Definitely waaaayyy closer to the P5 than people talk about too. The processor upgrade/mod would take that thing into near perfection. If you dig that sound. I would not consider it for strings though. Way too aggressive. At least for my tastes. I bought mine in late 2013 for $850. Looks like they're regularly fetching $1000-1400 these days.

I still think for the right price, the Polysix is worth a shot. For me at least. I'm looking for that silky stringer sound. Oh, and there's a synth along with that too?
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby Pro5 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:01 am

monolith wrote:
Pro5 wrote:No it was absolutely fine, i meant the ssm korg Polysix filter in general, I think its just the 'weakest part of both those synths.


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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby syntheticsolutions » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:38 pm

commodorejohn wrote:
So...help me out here, guys. Tell me why I shouldn't get one. Tell me that there's a better solution for an affordable, truly hands-on analog poly that I should hold out for...?


Afraid not IMO. Buy one, love it, enjoy it and relish in that analogue goodness!
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:46 pm

I used to have a P6 which didn´t do much for me but I´m sure it´s a lovely instrument in the right hands. Blame this on the fact that I´ve never been a huge fan of one-oscillator polysynths but, on the other hand, a friend´s P6 sounds so much nicer than mine...

Make sure it has no battery damage, all keyboard contacts are intact, and MIDI has perhaps been added. I just wouldn´t spend a fortune on one, though -- I think they are way overpriced at the moment, just like the Roland Juno-6/60. If DCOs were an option, I would recommend the JX-3P as it´s quite flexible, good-sounding, and still quite cheap (without the programmer, that is). JX-8P would also be on my personal list.

Only alternatives that spring to mind would be the Roland Jupiter 4 or the Yamaha CS50 but these usually are even more expensive than a P6, I´m afraid.

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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby monolith » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:10 pm

Pro5 wrote:
monolith wrote:
Pro5 wrote:No it was absolutely fine, i meant the ssm korg Polysix filter in general, I think its just the 'weakest part of both those synths.


:lol:


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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby bochelli » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:11 pm

its usually the case after you buy something a short time after something is for sale and you are left gutted, Polysix tons made like most Korgs not rare all sound the same, I would hold fire and try to put a few more on the list, in England now £700 and rising for a P6 overpriced, SCI P 600 still can be found at good prices , I would go for one of them IMO of course.
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby 8bit9bot » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:20 pm

i agree w/ the last guy - the prophet 600 is more worth it than the polysix
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Re: Talk me out of getting a Polysix

Postby clegg » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:45 pm

I had a Polysix. Wasn't for me.

A little too organic for my taste. I eventually traded it for a Juno 106 and haven't regretted it since.
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