The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

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The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by elmosexwhistle » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:05 am

The Korg Poly 800 is a much maligned synth, yes, it's built out of cardboard, yes, the parameter resolution is about 5-bit, yes, it only has 1 filter for all 8 dco's, but the thing sounds beautiful! Some folks seem to think that it sounds like a $10 casio but i hope in my video demo that i can prove otherwise :)



All sounds in this video, except for the drums, come from the Poly 800, moderate effects have been used, delay/reverb/distortion, in places, however the chorus is built in to the unit.

If there's any call for it, i'll upload my patches for you fellow Poly 800 owners, just comment that you want the patches and i'll do it :)

Highlights:

- Big Beautiful Digi-Analogue Pads and Polysynth sounds
- Phat moog-style Basses and Leads
- TECHNO MUSSOLINI
- Bullying isn't Cool Kids!
- Roses
- Dirty Techno
- Pimp-a*s Dancing
- Stupid facial expressions are optional

Thank You!

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by orlando56 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:31 am

Love my Poly 800! I did the Moog Slayer mod on it, easy to do, cheap, and fun. Some of its features are quite unusual, such as the six-stage envelopes, the independent VCO envelopes, and the unusual oscillator structure. Would love to hear your patches!

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by JayEm » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:56 am

nice haircut.
<3 my poly 800
wanting a second for awhile
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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by OntarioHydro » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:32 am

sounds great thanks for posting

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:47 am

I watched and enjoyed the whole video. Great work!
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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:09 am

Quite a choice video you've made! Also the first time I saw someone getting a swirlie in a music video.
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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by Moped10 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:41 am

I used one for some home recordings in the 80s and love love loved it- I still have the recordings and find nothing lacking in the sound of that synth- I concur! Underrated for sure!
And great freaking song by the way!
you might like this, a Moog Prodigy based number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID2f6bAw ... NEPJU2hEce Moog + drums + guitar + screams

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by Dano » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:48 am

Nice Demo! :keys1:

I bought a Poly 800 a few years back that unfortunately has never powered up - This has made me want to get it fixed!

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by James Mandible » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:54 am

Love my 800. Wouldn't want to ever have to use it as my main board or anything, but it's such a fun little synth and it's capable of some really unique sounds once you figure out some of it's quirks. The break point and slope aspects of the envelopes alone are worth the price of entry I think.
I'd really like to get the Hawk mod myself...

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by nathanscribe » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:14 pm

Yeah, nice one. I was going to say something glib like "I appreciated selling mine", but you made it sound better than I ever did. Cool video too.

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by BlackGnosis » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:20 pm

Almost 7 well spent minutes of enjoyment.
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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by gearfixer » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:00 pm

I just picked up a Poly 800 and a EX 800 last weekend. I was surprised at how much I liked it and how good it sounds for a such a basic synth. I use to laugh at it before and would have not picked them up if they were not so cheap just $125 for both.
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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by Hybrid88 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:26 am

Yep agreed, it's one of those synths that sounds better than it should, definitely not easy to use but that's where good producers really shine in their determination and talent to turn something average into something great.

One of the most underated I think for what people say of it, smoother/warmer too than a JP6 IMO ;)

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by Alex E » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:48 am

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Re: The Poly 800 Appreciation Thread

Post by dustinh » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:12 am

You're my new hero.

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