Korg Poly-800 v2

Korg Poly-800 v2

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Poly-800 v2, Analog Synth from Korg.

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Korg Poly-800 v2 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Korg
  • Model: Poly-800 v2
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Korg Poly-800 v2 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 5 reviews )
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yoTrakkz's review

Korg Poly-800 v2
The Korg Poly - 800 is a synth that was made in the early 80’s and released in 83. The original price of it was around 800 dollars which was pretty expensive in but not too much compared to other synths that were on the market in the 80’s. The Korg Poly 800 was the only fully programmable synth that sold for well under 1000. It has 49 keys that are non velocity sensitive and two buttons for data entry. Also a joystick controller that you can use to modulate with.


Another neat thing about the Korg Poly is that it was the first synth to introduce midi to the music world, which is why my group decided to purchase this because it is a vintage synth that has midi connections for the current trend of music equipment. Korg was way ahead of its time when creating this one and that’s why Korg has been around and is still one of the top companies.


The sounds are classic sounds of the 80’s and some can still be used in todays music and still bring new flavor, t can be switched into double mode and that stacks two dco’s for fuller sound, much like you can on software today when you stack instruments. You could do it right on board with the Korg Poly, not many other boards allowed that to happen.


Overall the Korg Poly800 is a great top of the line vintage synth. If you love vintage synths like I do you must find one of these they are really cheap now and hold up well. It has a built in sequencer just in case you don’t want to use the midi with your computer you can create full compositions right on board. Another neat thing is that you can run it off of batteries, so its really portable as well. This board is no longer produced and they don’t carry parts for it anymore. They stopped making this in the late 80’s, but its still relevant today. Its amazing!

seb_bj's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I still love it"

Korg Poly-800 v2
-7 - Analog synth / Digital, 8 voice polyphony.
Oscillators: 2 COD by, saw-tooth or square, addition or harmonic pressure of 4 octaves (16 '2') type pulse
White noise generator
LFO: Sinus routable to the echo effect (Mk II version), the DCO or filter
Filter: 1 (24 dB / octave) low-pass resonant
Envelopes: 3 ADBSSR (digital), 1 by COD, one for the filter and amplifier
Keyboard: 49 keys not sensitive to velocity
Memory: 64 patches
Sequencer: 1000 Notes
Controls: MIDI IN / OUT, adjustable joystick, LCD 6 digits


-7 - Relatively easy to use, screen-printed editions parameters.


No rating


-8 - Acquired in a studio where I worked there a few years already.
I fully rehabilitated and do not regret it! still working in my studio, among these other fellows, I found myself still there a few days to spend in revised certain sounds. For the price it cost me there 11 years (a battery and a little elbow grease later) my purchase decision was wise ...

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

Korg Poly-800 v2
4 octaves
laptop with a strap
a joystick to mumuse the Pitch wheel but no
64 sounds that are fighting in duels


Attention to insiders SYSEX because otherwise you are only good for a tape backup
Edition not necessarily empty because no real-time knob from the joystick


This is a toy ... it looks like the ancestor of the MicroKorg which was released in 2003 ...
To the effects of low or it's not bad but otherwise there are better around the same price range the OCCAZ (Roland Juno JX3P)


Curiosities bought by and sold as dry ... it is cheap but it does occasionally worth no more than 150 or 200 Euros.
To avoid a MicroKorg ... better get used if you want a toy ..., O))

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

Korg Poly-800 v2
Analog synthesizer (DCO technology - 2 oscillators) 4 octaves + sequencer 1000 Notes
Joystick controls pitch bend and modulation VCO / VCF
Connectors: MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, headphone output, output amplifier mono / stereo, pedal input, mini jack input and output to tape backup (originally) or other device
Memory: 64 editable programs
Effects: delay, flanger, chorus
Equalizer: bass, treble
8 voice polyphony (whole mode), 4 voices (double mode)
The synthesizer can be worn over the shoulder for performance :-))


Editing sounds and effects is simple and intuitive, making the handling very fast. The manual is clear, it covers all the possibilities of the device.


I operated for producing electro / techno and electro 80's. It is particularly suitable for low and very fat pads.


I use it for more than two years. On occasion, it can be acquired for just under 200 euros. This is an excellent value given the possibilities of the machine.

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