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Korg POLY-800

29-Mar-2017

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Korg POLY-800



Category:  Products / synth / old digital dco

Added: 20-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

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Korg POLY-800

The Korg Poly-800.... I aint used one of these since about 1986.... small plastic cased unit, with a simple LED 2 character display..... easy to edit.... check it out... 8 note poly DCO synth with real analog synthesis section, including nice Korg filters !!........

The Poly-800 is 8 note poly at 1 osc' per voice...... 2 osc per voice at 4 note poly is usual, so it's more likely to be a 4 note poly unit in most patch cases...... There was also a MK2 version Poly-800 which added a digital delay and a new colour scheme from the old green...... so not great for long decay stuff, but a decent selection of waves make this little sibling to the DW8000 & 6000 great as a bargain-bin item........

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Dean Nye
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Activity: part-timer
Date: 04-Nov-99

I've had my Poly 800 for about two years, and it has good analog sounds, but don't expect any 303 emulation from this one. It's more about Erasure type patches. The oscillators
are analog, but they are digitally controlled. Editing sounds is possible, but only with an up/down button interface. I finally got fed up with mine and wired a filter cutoff knob on the front panel (replacing a trimpot on the circuit board). Next is a resonance control! :) I got my Poly for $90US, and it's worth two to three times that to me.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: 303BASS
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Date: 10-Jan-00

I've got the poly 800II and it rocks!! It's possible to fatten up the sound by setting the delay to a very short time, very cool for basses. You can make those cool korg lead sounds with it and it excels in cheesy synthpop sounds :)
I'm going to do filter mod soon..

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Jangler
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Date: 19-Jan-00

the picture is a poly-800-ii. poly-800-i has green colour instead of mk2's blue.
a nice machine.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Anthony
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Date: 04-May-00

this synth is a steal! you can get so many cool sounds from it and it is relatively cheap so pick it up. It goes for $100 US on ebay!

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Tinde
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Date: 07-Jan-01

Poly800mk2 is a kick ass synth. It's the warmest synth in my studio. Pads are simply great =) Sooooo waaarm and fat. I got mine really cheaply from finnish sort-of-ebay-site. I have never regreding buying this little beast.

BTW Can u use midicontrol messages to control filters? what are the controller numbers?

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: neil
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Date: 26-Nov-01

I had one and sold it for a kawai K1 - dont regret getting the K1 but wish I could have kept poly 800. It was very cool with excellent sounds.

Still looking to buy another one

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: alan
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Date: 28-Nov-01

Not the most exciting of synths, but capable of some very usable sounds none the less. Good bang for buck if you get it cheap (as you should be able to).

I Modded mine to add knobs for cutoff/res/pitch/delay - this was very easy. Didn't work exactly like true knobs on a synth, i.e. the level of control you got depended on the parameters programmed in the patch.

The same mod could be done properly for a better result. e.g. I just added a knob, soldered on the wires to the connects on the trim-pot - as opposed to replacing the trim-pot wholesale.

You'd have a pretty ripping synth for the money in that case - sadly I've sold mine so I cant butcher it further. ^___^

Modding and then fiddling with the delay can yield some craaazy distorted effects... VERY gnarly.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Lee
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Date: 10-Feb-03

Looking for a WAV file of the original Poly 800 presets to restore.
Can anyone help please?

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Poly-800
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Date: 20-Sep-03

Lee, you wanted a .WAV file of Poly-800 presets. -Try these links: http://www.aracnet.com/~tloepp/support/800.html

or http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/3507/ex800info2.html

or
http:analog.no

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Larry Shone
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Date: 16-Nov-04

This is a real fun keyboard to play with, the sounds can be a bit metallic but its features make up for any sonic downfalls. Its possible to save settings to an audio tape, so you make a patch that you like, and you can keep it for as long as you need. Its like an old analog synth except its not stepless, but its pretty close! Dead lightweight n all The pitch bend/mod stick is variable and really gives it extra life.
Theres some really neat white noise ocean sounds possible with this keyboard, and plug it into the MIDI in of another keyboard and combine that ocean rush with the other keyboard's sound!

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: olivier.b
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Date: 07-Jun-06

I recently found a mint poly 800 (reloaded w/ the original presets..the guy kept the original tape though)..i've been messing w/ it for three weeks and been quite impressed by its sound possibilities, it just lacks a bit of human realtime filter control (knobs).
now it is between the hands of a professionnal electronician who will perform the "TWEETER EATER mod" as well as the "FM 800 mod". I wanted to do it myself but when i opened it things looked so so tiny in there that i prefered not to touch anything afraid of breaking something. (it will cost me just another 50euros))
cannot wait to get the 800 back and play w/ those 3 extra pots.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Besim Maxhuni
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Activity: part-timer
Date: 28-Jul-07

I have a KORG Poly 800, nothing else, no audio tapes, no adaptors, and the synth has no sounds in it. It's all blank. And I can't use it at all. How can I insert any sounds in it? Please help me someone! I Appreciate your help.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: jonathan
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Date: 24-Oct-07

i just got my hands on one last week with the filter & cutoff mod, i went ahead & bought one despite the bad reviews that i kept on reading, i gotta say, it's totally underrated. great analog sound for bass & pads as well as weird noise fx & percussion type sounds. worth buying for even for 4 times the price you can find them for now. the thing is?..... this is a warm & phat analog subtractive synth for the price of a casio toy machine. awesome machine.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: rompy
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Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 20-Feb-09

These are KILLER VSTi controllers.

I'm a guitarist turned VSTi noisemaker, and I don't like the poly 800's sound, so I just flip them off with that local sound switch, which is located on the back. Then just use your programs options to use the korg as you would any other controller to play VSTi synthes.
It's incredible, and you can pick them or something similar for cheap.
That's the best part.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: John
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Date: 14-Mar-09

if you go on ebay you can but a tape with the sound effect presets on
it
instructions may not be included but if you have your manual it should
tell you how
if you do not have a manual email me at rycnhoj@yahoo.com
and i can send you a scan of the manual no problem

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: savojr
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Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 07-Apr-09

Good overall sound. Fat OSC's and nice filters.

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Nathan Reeves
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Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 22-Dec-10

I have several of these units and love everyone. Think new order, erasure, mid 80s DCO new age action! Gotta love the joystick!
Not the most fun to program but just start with a great preset and tweak it to liking...

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Product:  Korg - POLY-800
Name: Bert Lundblad
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Date: 13-Oct-13

hi
yes ive lost my manual for my poly 800. U ve it?.
Can u e-mail it?
Bert in Sweden

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