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Downers Grove

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Korg Vintage 1982 PolySix Analog Polyphonic Synth w/ Original Manual

This was acquired from the original owner who said he purchased it in 1982. It is in incredibly clean shape cosmetically for its age and includes the original manual. Seems to be fully functional although we are unsure how to test any of the tape functionality. The sounds are amazing, very nostalgic. The main output has a subtle buzzing sound audible if you are not playing anything. The headphone output works perfectly and does not have this sound.

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 OB-Xa, 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.

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