First, let's start with the quote from the Service Manual (see item 4):
|Excerpt from Last Page of Polysix Service Manual|
Intrigued by item (4), I went to the schematic and found that all of these components are around the last VCA at the end of the KLM-368 "Effects" PCB. An excerpt of the schematic is below.
Looking at this circuit, what immediately caught my eye were the elements that I circled in red. Normally, an LM13600-based VCA would be fed the input signal via a simple resistor like the R168 (22K). Note that Korg has added a parallel path through the C76 cap followed by the pair of resistors. What this allows is for high-frequencies (which will pass through the cap) to go around the relatively large 22K resistor and get to the LM13600 VCA via 1K resistor. This boosts the treble. And given how small that C76 cap is, it's going to boost only the highest of frequencies (the raspy ones).
Opening up 5Spice Analysis, I modeled this little bit of the circuit to estimate the corner frequency and to see what would happen if we modified this part of the circuit to try to eliminate the raspiness. First, I modeled the circuit as drawn. Then, I modeled the circuit as if I removed the 1K resistor that is in parallel with the 33K resistor. Here's what I found:
|Modeled Response of the Treble Boosting Elements on KLM-398|
The red line is the circuit as it appears in the schematic. Above 3.5 kHz, the treble response just goes higher and higher. The black line is when I remove the upper 1K resistor. Because the capacitor is still in the circuit (because of the 33K resistor), there is still 3 dB of boost to the treble. But, the boost to the highest, raspiest frequencies is eliminated. At 10 kHz, for example, removing that 1K resistor drops the response by 6 dB. That could be just the thing to take the raspy edge off the sound.
Because I happen to like the very bright sound of my Polysix, I did not snip out the 1K resistor to try to tame these frequencies. Therefore, I have no audio comparison to demonstrate the effect. Sorry. If you try this mod, be sure to let me know how it goes!