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. It has a very dirty sharp sound much like the Yamaha DX7. This is good if you are into the lo-fi sound of electronica. 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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89 Visitor comments
Ali MC
October 30, 2009 @ 10:41 pm
Heya, I got given one of these but I can only get it to emit a strange highpitch sound... is that because the battery has died? I have read online the batteries need to be replaced and then the sounds re-uploaded via tape... can anyone help me with more info about this? I'm not much of a synth person at all but would love to get this thing going... Cheers!!
edwarddelavilla
October 27, 2009 @ 12:35 am
does anyone know where i can get one, i need one badly! here is my email, incase anyone can help, this is THE keyboard that is missing in my rig, I have a Moog LP Stage ii, a Micro Korg, and alot of soft synths for my electro dance project called "The Warning" this would def add a dark 80's feel to the mix, just what I need, anyone can help EMAIL: EdwardDelavilla_3@msn.com
Tomb789
October 12, 2009 @ 6:16 am
Hi,
I have a Korg Poly61 and have just replaced the blue battery that helps keep the presets,now I have to track down (hopefully at minimal cost) a rescue disc or tape for re-loading the data for the presets,can anybody help,please.....?

Tomb789
Lasse
September 24, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
This is a great (and very underrated) polysynth that produces some stunning sounds. It's capable of amazing pads and arpeggiator sounds, which is what I mostly use it for. I don't like it as much for leads, though it can produce some great basses.
It's mono, so it's a good idea to team it up with a chorus for lush pads. Poly 61 + Electroharmonix Stereo Polychorus has turned out to be a great combination for me. Thinking about it, the chorus was actually more expensive than the synth... It's a freaking steal!
The Poly obviously has its flaws and shortcomings. Aside from the lack of knobs, the limited resolution of some parameters (resonance and envelope stages in particular) can be a pain. Having a sub oscillator and glide would also make it even more useful. But overall, it's a great sounding analog polysynth at an unbelievable price. Bargain alert!
kb
September 16, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
I think knobs make this synth much more fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYpo_AF5hSE
 
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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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