Korg PolySix Analog Synth vintage 1980s w flight case, manuals and more

Korg PolySix Analog Synth vintage 1980s w flight case, manuals and more

Very Good Condition


Korg PolySix Analog Synth

Approx. tIme of manufacture: 1980s
Operation: Polyphonic

Extras: Comes with flight case

Power requirements: 120v (N. American Standard) attached cable

Operational condition: Fully-Functioning

Cosmetic condition: Excellent (-) condition with some light wear to the face plate and some very light marks here and there. Overall condition is a 9 out of 10

The PolySix was a milestone because, along with the Roland Juno 6 which appeared almost simultaneously, in 1981 the PolySix was the first opportunity ordinary mortals had to get their hands on a proper programmable Polysynth. Up until then, you had to be loaded to afford a Prophet 5, Oberheim BXA, or Roland Jupiter 8

At first glance it looks like a scaled-down Mono/Poly, but really it’s not! In fact it had a lot of great new features such as 32 memory patches, 6 voices of polyphony, cassette backup of memory, even programmable modulation effects and Chorus, Phase, Ensemble!

The Polysix has warm-sounding real analog oscillators, softer and brassy-er sounding than the Juno. Engage the built-in Chorus on a simple single-oscillator sawtooth patch and you were pretty darned close to that expensive Prophet sound. But the big ace in the Polysix’s hand was the Ensemble effect. Instant Mellotron-like strings.

Like the Mono/Poly the voices can be played in Unison for a 6-oscillator lead sound that was so big, it was often too big! The advanced arpeggiator can memorize and sequence chords across the keyboard. The PolySix has now been recreated in software as part of the Korg Legacy software bundle! The PolySix has been used by Eat Static, Geoff Downes, Astral Projection, Jimi Tenor, Global Communications, Kitaro, Robert Rich, Keith Emerson and Tears for Fears.