The Korg Poly 800 is a polyphonic (8 voices), programmable synthesizer featured a 49-note (C-C) non-velocity keyboard, MIDI, one DCO per voice, a single VCF, three six-segment envelope generators (one for each group of 4 oscillators, and one for the VCF or noise generator), battery power, and two strap buttons, which, combined with its light weight, made it a truly strap-on synth. The batteries lasted approximately 6 hours. It allowed layering both banks of oscillators for much better (fatter) sounds, although it reduced the polyphony to 4 voices. The Poly 800 also featured a simple 256-event step-time sequencer and a simple chorus.

British synth makers Novation take their now classic BassStation Rack to the next level. The A-Station is polyphonic, adding 8 voices of polyphony to their 1-unit rack-mount synth. Unlike the original BassStation and Super BassStation which were real analog synths, the A-Station gets its voice architecture from the SuperNova synths, which use analog sound modelling. The A-Station has the layout and shape of the famous Bass Stations, but its guts are basically a slimmed down SuperNova.

The K-Station is a whole new take on the original Bass Station Keyboard that put British synth makers Novation on the analog synth map! Essentially, the K-Station is an extremely well laid-out and superbly designed 2-octave keyboard version of their new A-Station rack module. It features 8 voices of analog modelled sounds with FM, 12-band vocoder, arpeggiator, reverb and delay effects, 400 user rewritable program memories, and more.

these modules are all direct spin-offs from the JV-series expansion sets. The MBD1 combines simple operation with very high-quality sounds and is presented as a straightforward mains-powered 1U rack module. It has the usual MIDI connections and stereo audio out jacks, but there are also two audio inputs, allowing any other stereo module to be cascaded in situations where mixer inputs are scarce. There's no permanent user patch memory and only the most superficial editing can be carried out without the aid of a JV software editor, but any user setting that's made by whatever means can be saved as a SysEx dump.

The MKS-30 Planet S is commonly referred to as a rackmount JX-3P. The MKS-30 has several advantages over the JX-3P, including simultaneous use of the PG-200 programmer and MIDI, a cartridge slot for storing an additional 64 patches, and velocity response.

The Roland SH101, released around 1982, was designed to be accessible and affordable; it's also compact and lightweight with a very easy layout. If you're not creating wild sounds within five minutes of applying power, then you're in the wrong business. All controls are stretched across the front panel above the 32-note F-C keyboard.

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