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Cute little keytar wannabe
I've had my (slightly broken) modded Poly800 MK.I for quite some time, and I love the thing. With the moog slayer mod, you get unlimited filter resonance, overcoming one of the weaknesses of the filter.
I'd have to say the weakest part of this synth has to be the oscillators. They're generated via organ footages, and the DCOs themselves can sound kind of odd.
That being said, this thing can sound killer on bass. I've used it quite a few time to get those kind of harsher, punchier bass sounds. Set that filter resonance at a nice spot, get the filter envelope going, bam.
Everything that's good and bad about the 80's in a synth
I absolutely adore this synth. I bought it relatively cheap from a guy on the Dutch version of Ebay and ever since I got it, I've been amazed on how good (and bad) it sounds!
Yes, it's a little bit of a pain in the ass to program it. Yes, the value up/down buttons are annoying. Yes, the DCO's sound a little flat. However, from any synth of/from this age, its charm lays in its imperfections. The chorus sounds really nice (even though it makes your stereo image a little warped), the chord memory function is just a lot of fun and it's very sterile which makes it great from retro synth production.
Get it when you find one, it will not dissapoint you.
I got a Prophet '08 Module a few months prior to buying this and I'm sad to say that I hardly use the Prophet anymore, ever since this unit got in.
Just love it.
edited about 2 years ago
cheap and handy
What can I say about Korg's Poly-800? Its sort of a paraphonic PolySix with 2 more available voices and midi compatibility via its digitally controlled (instead of voltage controlled) oscillators. The DCOs are pitch-stable too. Some say they sound less thick than VCOs. I like them fine. Tuning guitars is one thing, tuning electronic instruments feels like a hassle to me. Also, the internal memory has a better battery that doesn't deteriorate and leak PCB-eating battery acid into your synthesizer like the battery in the PolySix.
Bad news? These are cheap because they have virtually no tweakable controls. Just look at the Spartan front panel. Really lame for an analog subtractive synth in the post-acid-house world. Like the notorious Roland Alpha Juno, this can be remedied by hooking up a midi knob box like a Phat Man. Without that piece of gear this is still a fun performance synth that is easy to program cool patches on. This guy excels at 80s leads.
Probably the best synth of this type and era; let down by lack of SysEx and tricky cassette load.
Love seeing what you can get out of it but to modern ears it does have a slight chiptune quality despite the unique mix of analogue and digital approaches. Absolutely brilliant for horns, organs, and unearthly sounds of similar colour, but weirdly less good on even harmonics. I bought it because Orbital.
edited over 2 years ago
Charming Juno-Stylish Warm Sound
i got this from a friend Its Kinda Have Headache Workflow on the beginnings of use. But makes your Day after all, ;) Its Nice on -Lush Pads -Heavy Electro Basses -Warm 80Pads Another Classic Synth From 80s i like it ;)