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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Nick MM a professional user from USA writes:
This keyboard is what the ARP quadra should have been. I bought mine used off eBay 6 years ago for $300. Only problem was the output jacks. Easy to fix.

Very full sound, great synth strings. Nice modulation assignments.

I have a Jupiter 6 and a Korg Poly 6, used to have a JUNO-106, and the Polaris beats them all. Nicer feeling keyboard and better sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-05-2011 at 22:09
teknobeam a professional user from canada writes:
Ironically, I sold my Polaris follwoing the break up of an 80's band that toured for a few years. As soon as I introduced it the sound man immediately commented on the quality of it's timbres. But those were the days of the DX7 and the advent of the Emulator and as I moved into a differnt area, it was scuttled. Big mistake. Now 15 years later I have my hands on another one and I will never let it go. It's all about sound. I didn't know back then what I know now. It doesn't replace the rest of the tools, but it fills a sonic void that nothing else can.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-26-2007 at 00:04
steven woody pistrich writes:
sorry i forgot the rating ... the poor switch design choice drops my 5 to a 3

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-09-2006 at 02:33
steven woody pistrich a part-time user from us writes:
I was given a semi-functional polaris a year ago . The sopunds were incredible ,big,fat, and this amazing funky stevie wonder sound that was my fave. but the membrane swithes were partially gone . {what everyone complains about} so i had the great idea of bringing in to the local fender dealer for repair. Big mistake... In five minutes he rendered it totally unplayable and now it has been sent to another shop and then forewarded to another and now 6 months later I dont have it and actually dont even know where it is myself but I keep hearing they will get back to me ... end of story

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-09-2006 at 02:30
Matthew a part-time user from Australia writes:
I came across a Polaris in a music shop a few years ago - old, and not functionaing well at all. Some of the front panel buttons were dead so the synth couldn't really be programmed, however it was possible to recall the patches. I spent some time going through all the sounds, and in the process came across the most wonderful string sound I have ever heard. All I know is that this string sound was utterly wonderful. I was recording an album at the time, and convinced the store manager to let me drag up an ADAT player, borrow a corner of the store and record the strings into my track, a 19 minute prog rock epic!!

It was a real battle as the synth was dying by the hour - every few hours another function would go. It was no longer able to be tuned from the front panel, and also emitted some annoying buzzes from time to time. I eventually got it into tune by holding the pitch bend lever at just the right position with just the right sized bit of wood, and managed to get a take without any buzzes coming through.

Well, the strings sound wonderful. They are the silkiest, smoothest, glossiest analogue strings I have ever heard and they come in like a cool drink of water, or a breath of fresh, cool air. I also have an OBXa, Polysix and Jupiter 6 - yet on this occassion I left them all at home and went in and battled with a broken Polaris because the strings were absolutely superior and I just had to have them. There was also a monstorous synth bass patch on the Polaris which was beautiful - sounded really, really old school and was deep, dark and rich.

The manager offered me the Polaris for a reasonable price. However I was about to move overseas, and simply did not have any money to spare. A few months later, I contacted him and enquired about the synth, but alas it was gone. Someone had bought it, and I can only assume it would have been someone who has the interest and patience to take care of a such a nice instrument. If I ever find one of these machines again, I will buy it immediately.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-05-2005 at 08:55
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