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Korg Polysix


Released: 1981

MSRP: Y248,000 ($1095US)


Per the name, simple 6 voice poly-synth. Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Korg Polysix (PS-6) is a 61 key (6 voice polyphonic) synthesizer, featuring a single oscillator (saw|pulse waveform with sub and a dedicated PWM LFO), white noise, resonant low pass analog filter, ADSR envelope (routed to filter and volume), LFO (routed to pitch, filter, volume), arpeggiator (up/down), chorus|phase|ensemble effects, tape interface, and 32 editable presets.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:980mm D:373mm H:132mm 11.5kg no mono tape filter no arpeggio chord AC:wired (25W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
- None 32 tape no buttons knobs LED


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
no 1 6 (unison/poly) no VCO+Sub->VCF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
chorus|phase|ensemble no EG MG yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
octave:1-3 up down up/down pedal no N/A N/A ModWheel PitchWheel no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no yes CV trigger no filter cutoff no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO analog saw pulse 4' 8' 16' no PWM:PWM-LFO MG PitchWheel no
Sub analog ? -1 -2 no no no no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog discrete? yes low pass key EG MG no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
EG sustain attack decay release no VCF no no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
MG triangle? yes no no no ModWheel no
PWM-LFO square? no no no no no no
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