Korg Poly-61

Korg Poly-61

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Poly-61, Analog Synth from Korg.

8 user reviews

Korg Poly-61 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Korg
  • Model:Poly-61
  • Category:Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on:04/08/2004

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User Reviews Korg Poly-61

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 8 reviews )
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babouche369's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A nice analog ..."

Korg Poly-61
Everything has been said on the subject. I have the MIDI version (Poly 61 M). Moreover, the very basic MIDI impossible even to set the channel!


Use clear. The previous owner even gave me the original instructions, I just laminated curiosity. Approaches synths of the era: Poly Siel DK 800 or 80.


Ah, the sound! Good, very good. Certe simple but warm and round. Given the limited parameters, do not expect great wonders, but it sounds eigthies and I love it. I have not yet explored all combinations with my other synths / effects because I did that for 3 days, but I had fun with the arpeggiator which doubled one MS50, triggered by SQ10.
I have also a Trident mk2 (same time. Same brand) so that it excelled in ground and filter sweeps, Poly 61 best plays its role in rhythmic bass. For leads, add effects anyway.


I bought it mainly because it was cheap ($ 200 CAD), and pass a DX7 on stage. As such, I do not regret my purchase: it fulfilled its role perfectly.

dajhne's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ugly, but awesome!"

Korg Poly-61
61-key keyboard rather noisy, no velocity or aftertouch.
The filter is a 12dB Low Pass, and I find it very musical (I will return).
The LFO is limited to a sinusoidal waveform with delay, and apply the DCOs and / or filter.
The Poly61 has an ADSR envelope per voice, applicable to the VCA and / or filter. The VCA can be satisfied with a summary of envelope type on / off.
The 2 DCOs per voice (analog oscillators digitally stabilized) have each of the waveforms sawtooth and square. The osc. 1 also features the Pulse Width.
Note that the levels of parameter values ​​are graduated in steps. Thus, the resonance of VCF is limited to 7 no.
The pitch bend and modulation includes a joystick moving in four axes, and determining the pitch and speed of the modulation (LFO main independent) are set on the front via 2 potentiometers.

The Poly61 offers friendly game features:
An arpeggiator identical to the Poly 6, which trig easily via Arpegio IN. It offers classic modes Up, Down, Up & Down on one, or two octaves throughout the keyboard.
A Chord Memory, which is very convenient for electro OldSchool type agreements, but can stack the same note several times. This is similar to a unison and we get sounds devastating. Some leads are playing in mono as the chord memory with a single note makes the game monophonic. Practice.

Note that the original flanks age very poorly, which do not affect the operation of the synthesizer.
The memory device 64 are provided by a large pile that looks like a battery. The latter is responsible for the classic problem of the durability of Poly61: the battery leaks after 15/20ans use, flooding the circuit board of the acid contained inside.
However, access to the innards Poly61 is a breeze, and makes maintenance super fast. It is therefore easy to monitor year after year the damn battery, and dust within the same time.
Poly61 the standard does not provide MIDI. At least to move towards a Poly61 M, rare and expensive, which has a midi port minimum, it is advisable to install + kits sold separately twelve o'clock.


Because of its functions streamlined, the Poly61 is taken in hand very easily. If programming is done by an LED display red and green by entering the numbers and parameter values, it's still nice to create your own sounds.
Moreover, after a while, it is no longer necessary to read the screen because we assimilate very quickly with such a number as parameter: the "31" for the cutoff, the "44" for release, etc. ...
It was great to control the opening of the filter with an expression pedal, but only a sustain pedal and a switch to scroll through the available programs.
+ The big interest in my Poly61 (except for the sound) is its arpeggiator sync. Whether with my MachineDrum, the Boss DR110, everything syncs perfectly. It can be very créatif.Idéal for a break of ordis and south, and recompose "old".


Few parameters are little sonic possibilities. However, whether low-level warm and clear, thick pads, arpeggios that module by hand, or SFX limited but very effective, Poly 61 always finds its place. Its filter is for many. I find it cozy, while being aggressive and dirty on some bass. Actually, I dream to install an audio IN to enjoy on other sources.
By coating the Poly61 effects, sound keeps a nice presence and a beautiful grain. Its sounds remain static over the short possible modulations, but playing on the different speed of 2 LFOS (principal + modulation assigned to the joystick), it manages to give a little life anyway.


Bought used in 2007, I never get tired of my Poly61. Its boundaries are an asset for me: the sound is very quickly inspiring, and appropriately dressed at Electro Harmonix effects including, I'm surprised to play more than any other synth. I had an Andromeda, which despite its immense possibilities and infinite modulations, not only gave me the same pleasure.
Of + is a stable instrument, easy to give, that does not require preheating.
And if it looks gloomy demoralizes you, it is always possible to make it install fine wooden sides as in the pictures of my profile. Not only is it pretty as any, but it is also the advantage of having a very solid structure that will support very well the year.
boogi man01/29/2012

boogi man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Poly-61
Keyboard 61 keys, 6 voice polyphony, 2 dco saw square pulse, 12dB/oct filter, 2adsr, arpeggiator sync, memory 64 and noon on version M


Easy setup and use, it's like a toy fiddle, I still preferred the knobs but it was not the project of this synth at its output ..


its a sharp, bold, very nervous, I'm using it to make my leads in electrofunk and it really sticks tip top, not easy to place in the mix also! the bass are also not left behind but the lack of versatility of the synthetic creations of some of flange sounds, it's very very sad ..
the oscilloscope were designed by korg contrary to what is described below and only the envelopes are ssm 2056.
I love the pitch of the synth, it's really great to modulate on a game rapide.J got a P600 and below apart from the frankly I prefer the versatility poly ..


I love potatoes of this synth and especially the grain
I do not like the keyboard noise and limited opportunities
aside the worries of battery leakage which can damage the card and the chassis, which tends to dust from the rest is super strong!
I redid mine to nine in 2011 (full frame, side, keypad) the rest I have not touched except for the dust maps and to believe that it leaves the factory!

kbreturn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Poly-61
- What type of keyboard (piano synth ...)? How many octaves?
Keyboard 61 notes ...
COD 2, filter 24 dB ...

- What is polyphony? ...
6voix (12 DCO) with unison mode
Here I wanted to give my opinion on the poly61,
Its a can (very big and fat) for a certain type of sound. The envelopes are great lengins fast (nothing to do with a poly800, SixTrack and others), so it can make sounds trs powerful and low with a severe attack that explodes. As we are on a real analog sound is super enjoyable even when you go down low in the low rev.
To do this requires an ides lcouter, here are some addresses with DMOS mp3 quil really do not miss:


- The configuration gnrale Is it easy?
edition is the super simple not need the manual but with pots are price would have been by 3 *


- The effects are they effective and responsive?
no effect is a machine that sounds no effect but the ideal is to add a small multi-effect is that the top

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest? ...
it is hard to rev sounds fat and punchy.


- How do you report qualitprix?
Right now the price can top because people know what is in the belly but really listen to the demos we find all the big typical analog sounds.

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