Korg Poly-61

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The Korg Poly-61 was released in 1982 as the successor to the Polysix. It was somewhat of a step up from the Polysix, as it has 2 DCOs for better reliability. It also retained the arpeggiator of the Polysix. The Poly-61 can provide cool gritty basses or trippy analog sounds and fx.

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Also added is the familiar Korg joystick, which can be used to modulate the VCO or the VCF. However, its filter only has 7 steps of resonance and is not as fat as the Polysix's filter. It also uses the same method of programming the Poly-800 and Yamaha DX-7 use, so it's not a very useful synth for real-time-tweaking junkies. The first Poly-61s didn't have MIDI, but the Poly-61M released in 1984 corrects this. Overall, the Poly-61 is still a decent synth, and it can be acquired for practically nothing! It has been used by FM Static and The Faint.

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92 Visitor comments
February 9, 2012 @ 8:05 pm
A bit more serious. I fixed the first one still has tuning fault takes 10min-half hour to tune bit like a mono/poly then. once in tune sounds gritty and nails OBi brass EVH jump. The second one will either be spares to fix the first one or if I can repair it will do the Knob mods as seen on youtube far more work than the poly800 moogslayer The first one I had to repair quite a lot of stuff with non korg alternatives so what i'll do is restore one to original working inthe best case with best hardware. The other one will be modded to death but could never sell with all those duff repaired parts
February 9, 2012 @ 7:49 pm
I've just brought non runner cheap off ebay got one before and fixed liked the way it sounds. Now to give the man with the Poly6six and the DW8000 some credit your right but you shouldn't be the P61 on spec should P all over the six. If you check out moddified poly61 on youtube that will give you more idea of what it could sound like. If your talking old Korgs it has to be a Trident or TridentII.
So Far i've got 2 of these for not much more than a crassiotone ooops spelling meant Crapiotone I mean crappyhome. I should be laughing but some people have got working ones even cheaper than me.
September 5, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
hi i have a poly 61, i just remove the battery on it and nothing work i mean a few sound but not all the key, what is the problem,, now i dont have a battery but it should play right??please somebody help me?? thank you...........
Keith N
August 30, 2011 @ 4:31 pm
Had one of these for a while, next to my Polysix and DW-8000 and i'm afraid to say that in almost every way the Poly61 was definitely the poor relation!. Against the glorious polysix you can understand, but to find the DW-8000 was far more powerful AND more 'analog sounding' was a surprise. Anyone looking at P61 should imo skip it and just grab a DW-8000 which is an infinitely better synth.
August 4, 2011 @ 2:11 am
very PHAT synth for the price. If you can find one fully functional you will be happy with its big dirty analog sounds. Great for bass and searing leads. Awesome synth.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voices
  • Oscillators - DCO1:sawtooth, pulse, and square; DCO-2: sawtooth, square
  • LFO - 1 LFO can modulate the DCOs or the Filter
  • Filter - 1 lowpass filter w/ ADSR
  • Memory - 64 patches
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator with external sync
  • Effects - Chorus
  • Control - MIDI (on later Poly-61M models)
  • Date Produced - 1982 - 1986
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