Korg Poly-61, Akai S612 & Tape Echo improvisation

An improvisational piece with my recently refurbished Korg Poly 61, Akai S612 sampler and the Replicator Modular Tape Delay.

Not easy (and new to me) to be cameraperson and player/knob twiddler at once. I did this video to demonstrate what amazing sounds you can get out of these often forgotten vintage machines – both are about 35 years old: The Akai S612 and Korg Poly-61

They’re not the most sought after gear, so you’ll often find them broken or put aside somewhere in cellars, thrift stores and the like.

But once repaired – in my case the Poly61 due to a leaking battery – or just refurbished (S612) you’ll have fun and lots of creative potential at your fingertips for a long, long while.

The S612 sound is just my voice, sampled with an ordinary SM58 directly into the Akai. As you can see /hear in the video, it is shaped entirely by the analogue Start/Splice sliders and the LFO and Filter/Output controller knobs.

I should add that my beloved T-Rex Replicator Modular tape delay adds a lot to the overall sound character.

For those who have further interest in the S612, this video from Espen Kraft is recommended: