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 3, 2013 @ 6:39 pm
my first ever synth. i loved it. man, you can get deep with this thing when you get in there.
i just loved making big deep dubby chords, ran through a guitar delay pedal.... super..
and that rpeg, oh yeah i loved that thing, throbbing dark grungy techy lines... and pads that go for ever... i loved the env, you can get some really long attack times...
i am most definitely on the hunt for another...
i regret loaning it out, for it never returned.
possibly one of the most underated synths ever...
D Djordjevic=Deian Mountbatten
January 19, 2013 @ 10:11 am
I haven't used my Poly-61 much in my music recording home studio anymore since 1988,it just couldn't compete against my Prophet,my OB-8 etc,and in 2002 when I still used to live in my former matrimonial house in Welling,I decided to give it away to an Elvis Presley impersonator who also lived in Welling. He thought it was better than being knocked dead with a golden microphone ... The Hammers! ;o)
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January 17, 2013 @ 3:10 am
Takes some time the get inside this great sounding keyboard but once you have it sounds great and not in such a high price. Original sounds fits nicely for Techno and Jungle and the Chorus keeps it in the right way. Very good mostly for studio work.
Dejan Djordjevic
December 24, 2012 @ 3:27 pm
Got my early Poly-61,a prototype,no MIDI,in 1981 to replace the Poly Six I found too thin,and immediately used the Poly-61 in my home studio+live on stage,especially the bass synth on my song "Elizabeth's Empire",Chord/memory and all 12 DCO's for one bass note:FAT!! Shame the ULTRAVOX!! iNTiMATE COLLECTiON album wasn't signed/officially released by a major record company.Visit www.myspace.com/ultravoxii Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,189 Sandgate Rd,Folkestone,Kent,CT202HJ,UK.
November 27, 2012 @ 11:56 am
I got mine super cheap as a project, it sufered battery leak brain damage. I have got it fully playable... And haven't been able to keep my hand off it. It sounds awesome

Had a Juno 60 a few year before this really does suit me better. This sounds NOTHING LIKE A DX7 the sounds are big, it can certainly do sharp and gritty it can also do complex creamy and evolving

Second oscilator doesn't have many options... but you what? There's a second oscillator!

On the fly tweakage is an exercise in button bashing three double digit displays Buy with care though... Battery damage can be SEVERE
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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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