MATRIXSYNTH: Knob Laden Heavily Modified KORG Poly-61 Analog Synthesizer SN 724389 w/ MIDI In

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Knob Laden Heavily Modified KORG Poly-61 Analog Synthesizer SN 724389 w/ MIDI In


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"This is a very unique instrument. This Poly-61 was modified to bring a lot of the settings to the front panel. As you can see from the pictures, a total of 12 knobs have been added, as well as 12 rocker switches. The purpose of these mods was to allow hands-on, real-time editing of the synth's various parameters -- something that was impossible on the original Poly-61.

Although I'm not 100% sure, I am virtually certain that this is the instrument that was modified by a YouTube user named "rolandsh1000" who was apparently either an engineer or an incredibly knowledgeable hobbyist. If you search YouTube for his channel (put in the term "rolandsh1000 channel" without the quotes and you'll find it), you will see that he put out a series of two videos in 2009 and one more in 2011 about how he modified this synth and what the various mods do. [see here for all three] I strongly suggest that you check them out. I bought the synth from Perfect Circuit Audio about three years ago, here on eBay.

One huge bonus? It's got MIDI in! So unlike the original Poly-61, you can at least connect it to a sequencer or your DAW."

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