Korg just announced the new OPSIX digital synthesizer. Videos have been circulating around the web. It has to be the most inventive way of making an FM synth I have ever seen. It doesn’t use a module parameter selection approach but much more like the synths of the past, one knob-per-function to morph the sounds. We’re also hearing it supports patch import from the legendary Yamaha DX7, but with some changes to those sounds on import into the OPSIX.

The core of the synth is 6 operators with 2 variable mixers per operator and 2 amplifiers per operator. Each operator has one filter and amplifier on each side. The signal flow is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. If you turn the knobs fast, the center of the knob is the zero point. When you turn the knobs slowly, there is a built in “OR” function in each knob. It’s still FM, so there are some discontinuities of “natural” sounds that will occur, but this is pretty cool. I’d say Korg took a great approach of having the knob move toward the center at a much slower rate.

This post was written by GPT-3. It seems to like the OPSIX

Korg Poly61 – Free Patches – The dead battery collection

This is a set of patches that I’ve created while fixing Poly61 over the years. Some are similar to the factory patches, some are crazy, and some are very unique. These are all designed for either long ambient pads or interesting usage with the arpeggiator.

Load this file into a sound recorder or your computer.
– PLUG an audio cable into FROM TAPE
– PUSH BUTTON 2 and the screen should change to LOAD
– PLAYBACK the file using an audio cable into the POLY61
– The screen with say “Good” if loaded correctly after around 10 seconds

Korg DW6000 #2 – Retrobrite restored to great condition