Korg Polysix with Tubbutec ModyPoly MIDI upgrade
Perfect improvement of Polysix functionality
This is a freshly calibrated Polysix that sounds as good as when it left the factory. We have specialized in Polysixes for many years now and with analogia.pl you can be sure that the synth and sound you are getting is right and like it’s supposed to be. All our Polysixes have had all of the pots and keyboard regenerated, we have fitted full set of tact switches on the panel, performed general cleaning and uploaded full set of factory patches. You have to hear yourself how smooth it can sound in polyphonic mode and how much of a beast it can be in unison.
Furthermore, the P6 is equipped with effects input/output, allowing for independent use of Korg’s onboard analogue effects processor. In other words, you are getting an analogue effects unit for free and you do not even have to use it with Polysix signal – just plug in your external signal to “effects in” and take it from “effects out”. The effects board will become totally independent of the Polysix and you will be able to use the synthesizer (without effects) normally.
As far as the Tubbutec upgrade is concerned, please visit Tubbutec page for details: https://tubbutec.de/modypoly
But in simple terms, this is an absolutely excellent upgrade that will, of course, give you MIDI IN & OUT but also additional poly modes (3 voice with 2 oscillators per note and 2 voice with 3 oscillators per note), so called “Powerarp” that is a simple but very useful sequencer, S/H (random) LFO mode for filter and an additional, very fast LFO for filter, “Polychord” wchi is chord memory on steroids (each key of the keyboard can store a different chord in this mode) and many more. It’s really brilliant.
One more thing: it’s really stable. Believe me, not all upgrades are.
1660 EUR including 23% VAT (=1350 EUR at 0% VAT).
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Tubbutec or Kiwisix? Which upgrade should I go for?
A: If you are a ‘studio animal’ and can program your DAW with eyes closed, go for the Kiwi. With so many memory location you can program sounds and store them without fearing of ever running out of space plus all of the functions can be controlled over MIDI. However, if you are more of a performance-oriented musician and like to play with chords, harmonies and sequences that are quick to program and do not use computer all the time, go for Tubbutec as you might simply not make use of the extensive CC specification and 1024 memory locations.
Q: Polysix uses SSM ICs for the filter (SSM 2044) and envelope (SSM 2056) and some say they will drop like flies. Do they really fail that often?
A: The quick answer is NO. Over they years, well over 200 Polysixes passed through our workshop. Some were like new, some were literally taken out of a dumpster. Some were leaked to the point of being beyond rescue. But I have never seen a Polysix with all of those ICs dead. Also, which I believe is a statistically valid observation, there has NEVER been a case that our client reported that two (not to mention more) SSMs suddenly died in his Polysix. Of course it will happen once a year that a SSM dies but calling those ICs prone to failure is simply not true.
Q: Korg Polysix, Roland Juno-6, Juno-60 or 106? Which should I go for?
A: In Europe, you could ask whether Fanta is better than Orangina or Mirinda. Or whether bananas will work you you better than apples or grapes. There is no answer to this problem as it’s simply a bad question. All three instruments (Juno-6 and 60 is essentialy the same ‘audio engine’) sound different and the only unfailing method is to try them with your own ears. Never believe a person who says either is better. He may be right if he expresses his own preference but that is no general wisdom and should have no value for you, especially when making a choice.
Q: I have heard terrible stories about battery leaks in Polysixes and how they ruin the synthesizer. Will I be safe with this Polysix?
A: Yes, you definitely will, because you do not have the “leaking” board in your Polysix. Your Polysix now has a brand new clone of the old board and there will NEVER be any leaks. But to answer your question directly: the “leaking battery” is actually a blue VARTA time bomb, sitting right in the middle of a Polysix. It’s a huge omission on Korg’s part because the manual does not state that the battery should be replaced. The result? Terrible, really terrible leaks over the entire CPU board that are extremely time consuming to repair. They require so much work, that we have stopped repairing Polysixes some time ago.
And before you ask: the new CPU (central processing unit) board has absolutely no influence on the sound. Replacing this board does not affect the sound in any way. The “sound” of the Polivoks is “born” in a different place and your Polysix will be sounding as fat and raw as when it left the factory.