Korg

Poly-61

Synthesizer

Main Details
Maker Korg Company
Function
Channels/Tracks
  • 6 × Voice
Form Factor Keyboard
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Made In Japan
Date Produced 1982 - 1986
Dimensions 985 x 350 x 110 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 12 kg
Power Source 230 VAC
Notes The KORG Poly-61 is a programmable polyphonic synthesizer released by Korg in 1982, as a successor to the Polysix. It was notable for being Korg's first "knobless" synthesizer - featuring a push button interface for programming, dispensing from the Polysix's knobs and switches. The Poly-61 also moved to a hybrid tone generation system, using digitally controlled analog oscillators or DCO's (Roland's Juno-6 had made the same leap the previous year), in place of the Polysix' more retrograde VCOs.
In 1984 a MIDI version, the Poly-61M was released featuring basic MIDI implementation.

Polyphony - 6 Voices
Oscillators - DCO1:sawtooth, pulse, and square; DCO-2: sawtooth, square
LFO - 1 LFO can modulate the DCOs or the Filter
Filter - 1 lowpass filter w/ ADSR
Memory - 64 patches
VCA - ADSR
Keyboard - 61 keys
Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator with external sync
Effects - Chorus
Control - MIDI (on later Poly-61M models)
Date Produced - 1982 - 1986
Additional Specifications
Polyphony 6 Voices
Oscillators 2 DCO per voice
Memory 64 Programs
Keyboard 61 Keys
Effects Chorus
Arpeggiator
Connections
FROM TAPE
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
TO TAPE
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
CHORD MEMORY
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
ARPEGGIO TRIG IN
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
HEADPHONES
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Stereo, Socket (Female)
OUTPUT
Connector: 1/4" Phone Jack (6.35mm)
Description: Mono, Unbalanced, Socket (Female)
Controls
Parameter: POWER
Control Type: Rocker Switch
Range: ON, OFF
Parameter: VOLUME
Control Type: Rotary Pot

Comments

redhillrecords posted 9 months ago:

Really cool synth with a really good, sturdy bender. The arpeggios are a little bit hard to get to stay in time with a computer. The one I had stopped working because of the button system instead of knobs.
Also broke a couple of keys off while carrying it around. Other than that a superb piece of equipment. I need one!

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