P6-KBD: Korg Polysix MIDI Interface


P6-KBD is MIDI kit for Korg Polysix synthesizer. It controls instrument’s DCOs (keyboard) and arpeggiator rate.

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Main Features | Customer Variants | Installation | Documents & SW Support

Main Features |

  • The interface works in one direction only – it only receives MIDI data. Instrument’s keyboard, knobs, sliders and switches are not transmitted as a MIDI data.
  • Controls the Polysix’s keyboard (VCOs) and arpeggiator clock from MIDI. The instrument’s tone parameters (control elements on panel) are not MIDI controllable.
  • The instrument’s keyboard is controlled manually and by MIDI Note On/Off commands simultaneously (in parallel manner).
  • Easy user control of the interface parameters via MIDI CCs (as well as SysEx for experts):
    » 61 MIDI Notes (5 octaves) range
    » Transpose function (over whole range of MIDI Notes)
    » Four modes of MIDI Notes priority can be chosen
    » The instrument’s VCOs can be detuned by MIDI Pitch Bend (in semitone steps only) in range 0 to ±24 semitones
    » The instrument’s arpeggiator can be synchronized with MIDI Clock
    » Hold pedal – CC #64 (works with MIDI Notes)
    » User selectable MIDI Channel for communication (see customer variants)
  • Original features of the instrument are not changed and the instrument can be used the same way as before the interface installation.
  • Very easy installation without the instrument circuits modification.

The interface recognizes MIDI commands:

  • Note On/Off
  • Pitch Bend
  • Standard CCs (Hold, ASO, ANO, RAC)
  • Own CCs (# 16-19)
  • Common MIDI Synchronization – MIDI Clock
  • Common System Reset
  • System Exclusive Messages

Customer Variants |

At each instrument start-up, MIDI channel Nr. 11 is set. During the interface operation, the MIDI channel number can be changed only by MIDI SysEx message.

If you request other number of MIDI channel as default after the interface reset, specify it in your order please.

Installation |

Installation of all MIDI interface parts into the instrument is very easy and no problem should occur if all instructions indicated in the installation manual are kept. Please note that a complete beginner should not carry out the installation. At least basic manual dexterity and knowledge of soldering are required.

The P6-KBD MIDI kit package contains all necessary parts (board, cables, coupling elements, etc.) incl. owner’s and installation manuals in printed form.

Block diagram:


Documents & SW Support |

See list of documents and support software available for download.

Note that Owner’s Manual and Installation Manual in printed form are included in the product delivery.

Additional information

Weight 0,25 kg
Dimensions 45,5 × 49,5 mm