Synth Site: Korg: POLY800 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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X-Electric a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
It has a really 'synthy' sound. Better for 80's basses than my Nord Modular. Filter is great. I've made cut/rez mod on mine and if you put it through a distortion unit and add some delay, 303-ish presets rockz! I've few banks of bassline presets. Although, mine is from 1984 (one of the first production lines) and if it's played from ext sequencer - it loses patch memory from the end banks. But well, it's not a problem with an ol' and good tape interface. (I didn't manage how to up/down-load patches through midi).

Anyway, it's a great addition to any studio, and if you're in a band that plays 80's style music - it's a MUST!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-14-2003 at 20:42
Maggotbrain a hobbyist user from Cologne, Earth (?) writes:
i got mine for 109 Euro or something like that... it has a high serial number so there are no midi or battery or any problems!!! i rated it a 5 because of the price... you get a 8/4 polyphony, wicked envelopes + a simple but useful lfo, noise, a good filter, "different" osc, a joystick controller, an onboard sequencer which u can sync to midi clock and a compact and light keyboard.

the downside: there is only one knob(volume)... editing is ok but not as intuitive as on the usual knob-synth!

you can get cool sounds out of every instrument just experiment with the poly and you get very individual sounds!

szia Maggotbrain

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-14-2003 at 06:57
richard byerly a part-time user from usa writes:
you can't go wrong with one of these.plenty of balls.i've tried more expensive synths that could'nt do the job this little beauty does.about the best bang for the buck around.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-01-2003 at 01:38
Dave a professional user from Manchester in the U.K writes:
What is all this arguing about the Poly800 ? What it all comes down to is the synth you're getting for your money. The average secondhand price in the U.K for a Poly800 is £100/$150. Now you cannot buy a better synth than the Poly800 for that money plain & simple. If you want an Oberheim OB8 or Roland JP8. You will pay big bucks for them. The Poly800 is capable of some great bass sounds & effects. You can get some warm pads too. It is very efective when you double up the sound to go 4 voice poly. Strings & womping basslines are then possible. I reccommend anyone wanting a useful synth with its own sound for some great sounds especially those aforementioned should pickup one of these if you see it for around the £100 mark. It is excellent for that price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-15-2003 at 20:34
An ok unit. Cheap and good value. Sounds quite clean. Good filter and general editting potential. A good first synth. Analogue with midi...can't be all that bad.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-12-2003 at 08:52
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