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Korg Polysix


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Korg Polysix

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Added: 13-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

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Korg Polysix

The Korg Polysix (PS-6) is a six-voice programmable polyphonic analog synthesiser released by Korg in 1981 and often referred to as "The poor mans Prophet" at the time because the PolySix was the first programable Polysynth that broke the 2000US$ and £1000 GBP barrier making it extremely affordable, and it sold in very large numbers as a consequence!


The synthesiser's main features are six-voice polyphony (with unison and chord memory voice assignment modes), 32 memory slots for patches and cassette port for backing up patches, and an arpeggiator.


At the time of its release, the Polysix, along with the contemporary Roland Juno-6, was one of the first affordably priced polyphonic analog synthesisers. It cost about twice as much as the competing Juno-6 but had more features. It also had on-board patch storage and backup which the cheaper Juno lacked until the upgraded Juno-60 model. Korg developed the Polysix with an eye on the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, trying to provide some of the features found on the more expensive synth in a compact, reliable and much cheaper design.


While not as powerful, it used SSM2044 4-pole voltage-controlled filters, giving the Polysix a warm, rounded, and organic sound. Although the Polysix only had one oscillator per voice, it also featured built in chorus, phaser, and 'ensemble' effects (using a 'bucket brigade' analog delay line design), to provide a fuller sound. You could also stack all 6 oscillators into a mono mode making huge lead sounds.

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Product:  Korg - Polysix
Name: superscience
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Date: 22-Apr-00

This is a totally playable synth. it's heavy and solid and when you twist a knob back and forth really fast, it feels solid, not like you're gonna break it...like most of the new knob happy toys. The sounds on the Polysix tend to be on the abrasive side...this is not a silky pad machine. the filter sounds fantastic. it's easy as hell to program. the apreggiator is good, covering all the basics...up, down, U+D, one octave range, two octave range, full keyboard, latch.... It also has a hold switch and a chord memory function (insta house - just add water) which is triggerable via footswitch. Hold and chord memory can be used together, which is great for interesting drones. Chord memory and the arpeggiator can be used together as well. Really really fun. The Polysix retains the voicing for the chord memory chord but uses each note in the arpreggio as the new root note for that chord. As a simple example, if you put a Cmag into chord memory, then turn on the apreggiator, then play a a low G note and a high G note, it will play a low Gmag and then a high Gmag. Damn i hope that made sense! This example aint to thrilling but you can imagine... It also as effects:chorus, phasor and an ensemble effect (superchorus). Unlike the Roland Juno family, you can actually adjust how much of the effect you want with a knob - it's ALL knobs. The LFO can modulate the VCA, VCO or VCF. VCF can also be modulated by the ENV...korg uses differnt names for most of these...i'm not next to the keyboard at the moment. 32 patch memories and you can dump to cassette. bitchin. If you see one, buy it.

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Product:  Korg - Polysix
Name: Justin Havu
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Date: 21-May-01

This is a great analog synth. Great for brass leads, strange noises, strings etc.

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Product:  Korg - Polysix
Name: Christopher
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Date: 20-Apr-03

Please help.
Just bought a used Polysix and need to know if there is an easy way to restore or reset to factory defaults.
Thanx in advance.

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Product:  Korg - Polysix
Name: Noah
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Date: 22-Oct-03

Is the original programming tape for the korg polysix avalable anywhere.

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