Korg Poly-61
Korg Poly-61

Poly-61, Analog Synth from Korg.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 7 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.
aurélien chubilleau07/09/2011

aurélien chubilleau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A Japanese in sunny California"

Korg Poly-61
This voice polyphonic synthesizer 6, and with 64 memory is a more traditional architecture, see basic, including comparisons of his contemporaries in the early 80's. Two oscillators, a filter reasoning, an ADSR envelope for the filter and an envelope for the VCA which leaves the choice of two predefined curves. Side modulation, one has to do a simple LFO, which acts on the oscillators and filter. However, an adjustment can defer action. This synthesizer offers features no surprises, and does not engage in large sound experiments. With it, we will find all the classics very typical of a good old analog synth, without more, hence my note to moderate features.

However, it differs from competitors of the time by a fairly comprehensive arpeggiator, and on that side, creativity can speak well.


I attribute a good note here in so far as its simplicity allows it to use 100% not even have a manual. Everything is crystal clear, and as the features are pretty basic, it is very accessible to beginners and experienced. However, it is regrettable still Interface type calculator, the setting ranges of small extent, and thus little opportunity to refine really. In short, the Poly 61 is very simple, very clear, but not very subtle. Fans of pots will turn to the Polysix, with similar characteristics, but of a different price these days!

Others may turn to circuit bend ...


Poly 61 is certainly basic, but what power! How smooth! It's really in this area it defends. It certainly all sounds produced many classic analog synth e nothing more, but he does very well. It's round, it's hot, there's the texture ... The secret: the SSM type oscillators, like the first Prophet 5, not EMC, much more common. The sound is quite "square" on the whole, and beyond the setting of the pulse of the square offers a choice harmonic greatly appreciated. Clearly, the Poly 61 to a big sound very Californian, and may issue sounds absolutely in tune with the times vividly. In this area, a fully dressed Nord Lead, or any VST ... and not bother to pick up a gas plant type Karma, Triton, Motif or other ...

For their part, the envelopes are very fast, ideal for percussive sounds very "fit in", or sounds more chrystalines.

For groundwater, the texture is rather cumbersome, less air compared to what can be achieved with a 800 Poly or a DW 6000 or 8000 from the same period, to stay in the same brand.

The filter of the 80 Korg is known for its good quality, however, the resonance does not reach self-oscillation, unlike that of the filter DW 6000 or 8000.


A month ago I restored my 61 Poly recovered down, and now it works perfectly. So I'm not tired explores: Despite its simplicity, it is really nice, is fun to play with. That's fifteen years, I had already had on hand and I had good memories, and my impressions of that time are confirmed today by the pleasure I find it. His character, his sounds are very good at attaching an instrument.
I have a set of synth 25 years old on average, and the Poly 61 is refreshing. Korg in the family, I also have the Poly 800 and the DW 6000, along with a DX 7 II, 600 of a Prophet, a Pro One, and a Siel DK-80
In almost twenty years, I was under the fingers quite a few instruments ...

Proposed at very affordable prices because in the shadow of the Polysix, Poly 61 provides an opportunity for powerful sound "American" without splitting. A gem for those seeking the analog, and power. Also recommended as a first synth to his weapons, for example, with an instrument that can keep anyway.

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

Korg Poly-61
Nothing to say because it still has 26 years ... (Shame about the MIDI)


Very easy to use, no menus. You hack the sound you want using the buttons in relation to the settings screen printed on the hood and you record it on the preset number you want, that's all.


Typical analog sounds, though fat, powerful, warm ... Beautiful! (But you have to put a multi-effects if not ...)


Nothing to say because the price / quality ratio is unbeatable!
Raise the Phenix09/26/2008

Raise the Phenix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Poly-61
This is a good five octave piano with a good bender and modulation joystick
it is not noon but I use the arpeggiator with a roland tr626
which itself coupled with the midi korg karma that I have also
c Synchronous like that a good 8 / 10 for the poly arpeggiator 61
64 Memory editing simple
I have the programming schedule factory
6 voice polyphony


Very easy to use programming except no real-time
I do not have the manual but no need y'en


Typically eighties new wave, however, which corresponds to current dance music
and warmth of tone
there is no effect on this synth, but I plugged a multi effects behind Live
(Dod dimension 3) which makes explosive
what is good in this synth is that it does what you want without unnecessary gadget or presets


Since very little time
I found it in perfect condition and I am delighted
When I started in music was the synth that fascinate me that I could not pay me at the time in 1982-1983 en 9480! (I am digging up a 230 euros) 20 years after
patience has finally paid
and with all that I am loyal to the brand korg (I 1 MS20, a poly 61.1 karma korg effect 1multi drv2000 short it sounds!)

jooo37's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Poly-61
See among others ...

Too bad he has no knobs.
It's a little toy because of its ct plastic and painted the cover of fake digital displays.
It maintains a modern look with its sloping rear plan and shuffled gray. So even when it is pretty :-)


Easy to use, good possibility of shipping but that makes me the same but with pots will be my god. In short, it is fitted as required for synthesis of the era.


I possde a large amount of sound bank (synths, expanders ,...), in Korg Poly 800 I had the DW6000 and II which are somewhat in the same genre. I found a lot but no more and I ended up selling them. So I hsit buy the one to try it when he used Submitted. But I do not regret it!

What diffrence. The Poly 61 has nothing to do. The sounds are excellent. The very first time that I branch and test in just the first sound, I stayed on my ass, I feel it. One of the best synths I rjouis owns and I plug it in a vintage multi-effects and tweaking sounds to see what a deal.

There is a little out of breath when you push the filter bottom (this is normal ...) and I dplore a little lack of audio quality but I could not say that this is gnral because my copy appears to be damaged. So a 9 out of 10 because of a.


Pay 65 second-hand (but somewhat damaged it would seem), I do not really regret the purchase. This synth is assurment sentence, no doubt. And as said the other, it is under-earning. Among other pseudo MODELS equivalents, there is no hsiter.

This keyboard does not pay mine (again blame the knobs replaced by commands numriques ...) but what EHJV! What a sound!
Small but tough, really.

Korg thank you. I got your Poly 800 and DW6000, I have your M1, T3, 01 / W, Trinity and Triton, but if you flat, repeat myself like a l ...

10 because it is wonderful and 9 in the end because he can still amliorer

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.