Korg PolySix

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The PolySix was a milestone because, along with the Roland Juno 6 which appeared almost simultaneously, in 1981 the PolySix was the first opportunity ordinary mortals had to get their hands on a proper programmable polysynth. Up until then, you had to be loaded to afford a Prophet 5, Oberheim OB-Xa, or Roland Jupiter 8.

At first glance it looks like a scaled-down Mono/Poly, but really it's not! In fact it had a lot of great new features such as 32 memory patches, 6 voices of polyphony, cassette backup of memory, even programmable modulation effects and Chorus, Phase, Ensemble!

The Polysix has warm-sounding real analog oscillators, softer and brassy-er sounding than the Juno. Engage the built-in Chorus on a simple single-oscillator sawtooth patch and you were pretty darned close to that expensive Prophet sound. But the big ace in the Polysix's hand was the Ensemble effect. Instant Mellotron-like strings.

Like the Mono/Poly the voices can be played in Unison for a 6-oscillator lead sound that was so big, it was often too big! The advanced arpeggiator can memorize and sequence chords across the keyboard. The PolySix has now been recreated in software as part of the Korg Legacy software bundle! The PolySix has been used by Eat Static, Geoff Downes, Astral Projection, Jimi Tenor, Global Communications, Kitaro, Robert Rich, Keith Emerson and Tears for Fears.

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89 Visitor comments
April 26, 2014 @ 4:58 pm
I just found one of these at a flea market for $90! It mostly works, but there seems to be some problems with the EG and the filter cutoff knob. Whatever, I'm stoked! Even with the problems it sounds incredible. Can't wait to get it fully functioning.
February 12, 2014 @ 10:06 am
@nynthserd No thay aint! that was a stupid rumour spread by an idiot who assumed too much without thinking it through. The cost to remake the Polysix is too high. It has way more custom components and out of production chips that define it's sound than the MS20 remake needed! Ontop of that it's 6 voice poly = $$$ they can't make it cheap and have it sound remotely the same as those old discrete VCOS

People, stop dreaming, if you want a POLYSIX you need to buy a real one (and the VSti doesn't come close either - sorry)
January 20, 2014 @ 6:08 am
Supposedly Korg is set to soon unleash a poly6mini upon the earth.
September 5, 2013 @ 12:30 pm
After the successful rebirth of the MS-20, this one or the Polysix could be prime candidates to receive a re-release. Great, powerful synthesizers that can deliver truly robust sound.

If Korg releases a modern MonoPoly, I'd buy it immediately.
September 5, 2013 @ 6:54 am
Anybody have the polysix parts?
I need :

Arpeggiator button cap
Cap holder

thx ,
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voices
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO per voice (saw, PW, PWM) + 1 sub-oscillator per voice
  • LFO - 1 LFO assignable to VCA,VCF or VCO
  • Filter - Low-pass only, self-oscillates at high resonance. ADSR envelope for VCF (filter).
  • VCA - VCA uses filter's ADSR envelope or simple gate on-off
  • Effects - Chorus, phaser, ensemble
  • Memory - 32 patches
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator (Up, Down, Up/Down, Latch; Full, 2-oct, 1-oct; rate 0.2 to 20 Hz)
  • Control - Chord memory, Arpeggiator sync in, CV input for filter cutoff.
  • Date Produced - 1981

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