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by Aaron2
Wed May 23, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data
Replies: 11
Views: 5394

Re: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data

Cool, now that you have one that works, you can swap boards from one to another to help isolate issues (assuming they have the same revision circuit boards. If they look just alike, they are the same). You can even swap keyboards to see if the other is totally dead yet also. Being able to board-swa...
by Aaron2
Tue May 22, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data
Replies: 11
Views: 5394

Re: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data

I've had a couple Prophet-600s and an OB-8 where every key contact was so dirty none of the keys worked. The Poly-61 has the same keyboard. One trick is to press hard on the very back part of the key (where the contact is located) and see if you can get it to work... OK, well, now I have a second P...
by Aaron2
Sun May 20, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data
Replies: 11
Views: 5394

Re: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data

What about key contacts? I found a blog where someone said that the no-sound issue on their Poly-61 appeared to be caused by dirty key contacts. Any thoughts?
by Aaron2
Sun May 20, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data
Replies: 11
Views: 5394

Re: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data

+1 to everything Rhino said. I'll add one thing: While you're cleaning the "Tape Enable" switch in the back, clean all the other switches on the back as well, AND remove the old solder and resolder every pin on each of those slide switches. I've seen dirty switches/broken solder joints completely k...
by Aaron2
Sat May 19, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data
Replies: 11
Views: 5394

KORG Poly-61 - Can't load patch data

I recently bought a non-working Korg Poly-61. It didn't make any sound when I got it (and still doesn't). When I press keys, I just get a short popping sound. When I first got it, I noticed that the display would give me the "P5 61" when I first powered up, but then the display would just flicker. I...
by Aaron2
Fri May 18, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: A bit of Mono/Poly Action
Replies: 24
Views: 2820

Re: A bit of Mono/Poly Action

OK, I guess I'm just piling on now, but both the music and the video were f**k terrific. Great job! :)
by Aaron2
Thu May 17, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.
Replies: 11
Views: 5102

Re: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.

You'd be dealing with the mains voltage (I.E. 120 volts), and it's not something that I'd recommend doing with nothing more than a few guidelines from a random stranger on the internet. I am, after all, just a hobbyist. I've never opened up this particular synth, so I wouldn't know in too much deta...
by Aaron2
Thu May 17, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: What happens AFTER you change the battery?
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

Re: What happens AFTER you change the battery?

Just hope the damage on the board wasn't serious! The damage was just enough to be challenging, but nothing that I'd call insurmountable. I've actually worked on tons of vintage radios, many of them with circuit boards, so the basic concepts are the same. It's just a matter of (1) choosing the righ...
by Aaron2
Thu May 17, 2012 4:49 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: My 1st Synthesizer Album - Free Download
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Re: My 1st Synthesizer Album - Free Download

Nice work! :) I liked "Rotten Plums" and "Deluxe" the best among the five or six tracks that I listened to. I don't know if I'd call it "ambient" or not. But "'80s" and "cinematic" are probably about right. 8-)

Aaron
by Aaron2
Wed May 16, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: What happens AFTER you change the battery?
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

Re: What happens AFTER you change the battery?

You will need to reload the patches. Do you have the cassette? I don't have the cassette, but I have downloaded what is supposed to be the correct data file from the 'Net. It's in .wav form. I guess I'll need to connect my computer's sound card to the synth, rather than connecting a cassette player...
by Aaron2
Wed May 16, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.
Replies: 11
Views: 5102

Re: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.

I took a quick look at the service manual for the poly 61, and it appears that they shipped with two different transformers: One for 220V and 240V use, and another for 100V and 120V use. So you have the right transformer for your region. However, the transformer can be configured for either 100V or...
by Aaron2
Wed May 16, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: What happens AFTER you change the battery?
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

What happens AFTER you change the battery?

Hi everybody, My new-to-me Korg Poly-61 arrived today, and it is non-working in the manner described in the eBay listing -- no real sound output, just some popping noises when you press the keys. Opened it up, and the most obvious problem is that the battery leaked inside and damaged some of the cir...
by Aaron2
Wed May 16, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.
Replies: 11
Views: 5102

Re: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.

Thanks for the responses, everybody.
by Aaron2
Tue May 15, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: new song - dark, melodic, sountrack-ish stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: new song - dark, melodic, sountrack-ish stuff

I thought it was quite good, actually. It had a nice structure, nice pacing as someone else pointed out, and was extremely well produced. I'm not totally in love with the vocals, though. If it were my song, I would've used a synth to play the melody. Overall, a very enjoyable piece. :)
by Aaron2
Tue May 15, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.
Replies: 11
Views: 5102

Using 100V Japanese-Made Synths in the U.S.

Hi everybody. I'm new here. I have a question about using synths made for the Japanese market. As you know, they were designed to run on 100V AC current. Here in the U.S., we have 120V current. Does anyone have experience using made-for-the-Japanese-market synths in the U.S.? Does it cause any long-...