Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
- Full-fledged, true analog synthesizer: VCO, VCF, LFO
- Inspiring, easy-to-play ribbon keyboard
- Intuitive, fun-to-tweak controls
- Features the same classic analog filter found in the legendary Korg MS-10 & MS-20
- Filter any external source using the audio input jack
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"Go-Anywhere Analog" was the theme behind the remarkable battery-powered and palm-sized Korg analog synthesizer dubbed the Monotron. Best of all, they're a blast to play; equipped with a ribbon keyboard and a live, ready-to-be tweaked front panel offering five knobs and a single switch. This simple operation and ease of use invites hours of enjoyment and musical exploration.
Casual users and gadget mavens will quickly enjoy performing melodies, DJs can create dazzling effects on stage, while established players can add analog muscle to their performance--the possibilities are virtually endless.
VCO + VCF = Modular Synthesis Building Blocks
The basic analog sound-building circuit is radically simple: one voltage-controlled oscillator and one voltage-controlled filter. As a result, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and instantly understandable. And it's tons of fun. Monotron provides the joy of sonic creativity that's at the heart of analog synthesis.
Classic Korg Filtering
The distinctive tone of an analog filter (VCF) can dramatically alter and enrich the sound. The Monotron Series uses the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as Korg's classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi modular synthesizers. Originally released over 30 years ago, these instruments are still coveted today for their aggressive, dynamic filters. The VCF Cutoff knob sets the frequency or tone of the filter; the VCF Peak knob adds emphasis. A powerful filter is an essential aspect of any analog synthesizer, applying dramatic tonal changes to the sound, and projecting an intense personality that will stand out in any live performance.
The input jack (AUX input) built into each Monotron's compact body allow you to place any audio source into the signal path, directly before the analog filter. This provides a great way to connect a Kaossilator, a guitar, or a digital audio player to the Monotron Series and enjoy tone-bending filter effects.
Versatile LFO Provides Audio and Visual Excitement
The LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) can affect either the oscillator pitch or the filter cutoff. Both the speed and the intensity are individually adjustable, so you can create anything from a gentle vibrato to swooping tone changes of galactic proportions. As you turn the LFO Rate knob--featuring an embedded LED--the speed of the modulation effect and the speed of the blinking LED will change in tandem.
Ribbon Controller Keyboard Offers Easy Expression
Borrowing the enjoyment of performing with a simple touch from Korg's wildly popular KAOSS products, the Monotron's ribbon controller keyboard takes this ease of use even farther. Simple finger gestures can produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide.
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I had a little bit of trouble getting it to work at 1st. Almost no sound would come out and I worried that I got a defective unit.. I adjusted the volume all the way up, nothing, tried again, nothing... I changed the (included) batteries for known good ones and still nothing... Finally, thru adjusting the settings, I realized that the cutoff knob needed to be adjusted as it was preventing any sound from being produced.. Half way up produces sound on most settings..
Once I got it working, I didn't want to stop using it and only quit when it was time to eat lunch.. I am about to try it out again and probably won't quit until I figure out some more great sounding settings...
One good/bad thing depending on what you want is that the delay isn't a pristine digital effect -- there's some grittiness there and higher pitches will die off over time instead of being perfectly preserved. But this is pretty much by design -- perfect digital effects are available in many places if you want them, and this is intended to have a distinctive sound more like an old tape delay.
I'm certainly not an expert in all the things this can do, but if you're not used to playing around with delay effects, it's pretty versatile. You can just put a decaying echo after everything, or you can turn up the feedback until it repeats everything rhythmically over time. Which is to say, you can use it as a sort of looper, though the high end will decay before long. If you can dial in sounds you like, you can even turn it into a weird sort of drum machine, repeating percussive sounds per measure or per quarter note, depending on the time interval you set. Also, like a tape delay, you can mess with the pitch as it's repeating by twisting the time knob, which yields some cool effects depending on what you're repeating.
In my opinion, this is the best pocket instrument out there.
The VCF sounds fantastic, and the cross modulation knob adds a lot of character to the sound.
For those who have seen the original Monotron, you'll notice that there's no LFO on this unit. You're trading the LFO for the second oscillator and the quantization button. The result is a much more musical machine, but the tradeoff is real.
You also get an aux in jack, which allows you to run external audio through the excellent filter.
I said this was a "proof-of-concept," and it is - where the concept is, "A ridiculously affordable and fun analog synth that proves people want analog synthesizers, so Korg can go on to make tons more at other price points with different features." It *seems* like this device made other instruments, like the Volca series and the Minilogue, possible. And for that, I am tremendously grateful. And I really like this product. But having returned the unit I purchased, I would not buy another since I purchased the Volca Keys instead. The bottom line is that if you can afford this unit or the Volca Keys, you want the Volca Keys. But this is an excellent toy and a surprisingly fun instrument, if seriously limited in application.