Korg Monotribe

Korg Monotribe

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Monotribe, Analog Synth from Korg.

13 user reviews

Korg Monotribe review

Korg Monotribe Review

Korg Monotribe Review

Analog Tribe Presented during the Musikmesse 2011, the Monotribe is the big brother of the Monotron. This standalone sound module includes one synth voice and three analog drum sounds and was conceived to change patterns while playing live. To write this review I decided to take it with me on my skiing vacations... Read more…

Korg Monotribe tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Korg
  • Model: Monotribe
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/05/2011

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Korg Monotribe user reviews

Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 13 reviews )
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 1 user review8 %
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JimboSpins's review"Fun, but needs effects"

Korg Monotribe
The Korg Monotribe is a portable unit that is run by a battery, it does have a basic sequencer on the Monotribe (8 step pattern sequencer). There is also a built in speaker on the Korg Monotribe, it is not a very good speaker though. The cost of the Monotribe is very affordable; it cost less than 200 USB.


The Monotribe is a lot of fun before anything else; you can create all sorts of sounds with this unit. If you have a good external source for effects then your possibilities with the Monotribe will be endless. Three are 3 oscillators on the Monotribe, you have your Saw, Triangle and Square oscillators. If you have some general knowledge on how sounds are made then you will not have issues getting the sounds you want. But if you are new to working with oscillators then you would be confused and have a hard time at first getting what you want out of the Monotribe. It does come with a manual, but the unit itself is not hard to understand or use. I prefer looking online for tutorial videos; they will be a lot more useful to you.


The best part about the Monotribe is that it runs off batteries and it has a built in speaker. That means that no matter where you are you can turn it on and start creating sounds right away.


I was a little upset to find out that the Monotribe doesn’t have any effects on it and of course there is no sampling on the Monotribe, also no MIDI in or MIDI out. So none the less, the Korg Monotribe has become more of a toy for me. It is a lot of fun, but without on board effects and MIDI options it was difficult to fully bring it into my current set up.

johnrae's review"A good price price, and a fun little toy."

Korg Monotribe
The Korg Monotribe is a tiny, analog synth. It features an 8-step pattern sequencer and a ribbon controller for playing, and a 3-waveform VCO, the classic MS20 VCF, an LFO and a three part drum synth. It can run off of batteries and even has a built in speaker, or you can send it out. The thing is SUPER simple, and a really fun little toy, with the potential for all kinds of fun. I love to toy with this synth, because I can do it without any set up or plugging things in and turning things on. It's really fun to just make little ideas on, and it's a real analog synth which is cool. It's not something I'd recommend unless you have some extra cash around, and need a cool toy.


One of the greatest things about these guys is the sheer simplicity. All you have to do is turn it on! There's a built in speaker and it can run on batteries so you can walk around with it or lay in bed with it and just mess around with the sounds. It doesn't have any complicated features, and not too many bells and whistles. Also, if you want to use it in a performance, you can connect an external power supply, and there is a 1/4 inch out jack on the back.


The sound is like that of many basic synths, but the signature ms-20 style filter really makes it pop! The built in drums are not amazing, but they do work well together which is cool. They gel well. The kick is a little clicky but not to the point where it's problematic or intrusive. The volumes of all three are automatically set, and Korg did a pretty good job of that. The ribbon controller is cool, and responsive, with 3 voice polyphony and it's not too hard to control. I don't really have any complaints, as this is actually a great deal for a real analog synth.


My favorite things about this synth are the simplicity, and the filter. I take this with me all over the place and love it. I make noises while I'm doing whatever and it's awesome. It's super portable. I also love the filter, having owned an MS20 gives a real appreciation for just how cool this little thing is. The thing is worth the money, if you need a toy. It's also great for working out ideas on the fly. It would be cool if you could hook it up to a midi keyboard, but it's fine how it is. I love this little guy.

Modulator18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice box"

Korg Monotribe
Transmission to "scrap" from Korg keyboard with ribbon.
The pub, it was announced the legendary MS filter. It remains to be seen!
Some fiddling sounds in real time, no memory presets.
Everything is editable, turning the knobs.
Possibility of midify with kits and a soldering iron. Not because I thought it was expensive for not much more.
Not 'editor (really?).


Nothing more simple, batteries, lights on the keyboard is pressed ribbon, buttons turns on and begins immediately to know what we do.
Very easy to use. For someone wanting to start in analog, it's cool and not very expensive.
Small BAR 3 tracks evoking "by far" the famous minipops of the same brand.
Sequence on the fly to the synth part.
Manual well as everything is understandable on the machine!
To play with the switches, turn the potentiometer, and this is the best learning.
For my part, used synth in 10 minutes, I had the monotribe in hand!
updated version 2 simple to do. A cable "jack (supplied), a sound file (on the net) playing with his reader PC audio (PC headset out in the lobby of monotribe) is launched and it goes in 3 minutes. (This reminds me my sound banks on the Yamaha DX21 with my tape recorder and specific plug! was late 80 ').


For sounds, fat, pure and simple analog. One oscillator, a resonant filter, LFO (S / H) with the updated version 2 (essential!).
I used a lot of the noise generator and the cutoff frequency of the filter to create the sounds of "waves."
Otherwise basic bass lines, but very effective.
For my part, my monotribe I find it very good. It does not make a lot of things, but the little I ask him, he does it well!


This makes four months that I have. I do not use it much. Just when I need a fat sound and another time.
I tried it plugged into a pedal Berhinger BSY600 (synth bass) and there is lot of stuff not possible, careful eardrums. (I like to test coupled machines!).
So monotribe, I keep it. I think also acquire Volca series.
I find that make the Korg gear accessible to many scholarship because when we look at the analog side today is more qu'abusé. Because even if it is rare and legendary ask € 8,000 for EMS, this is madness!
Musically at all.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Intuitive and excellent!"

Korg Monotribe
Ribbon synthesizer keyboard
Six octaves
The synthesizer section has three waveforms:
Wave-tooth saws
The Noise knob adjusts the level of white noise.
The Octave selector as the name suggests allows you to change Octave.
Range selector lets you choose between three modes
Wide-Mode: The height range of the keyboard is about six times larger than the Narrow setting. The pitch change is continuous. The Octave selector setting is ignored.
Narrow Mode: The pitch changes continuously depending on printed on the ribbon keyboard.
Key Mode: The pitch will change color depending on not printed on the ribbon keyboard.
A selector allows you to choose among three LED waveforms.
The filter portion is provided with a potentiometer and Cutoff Peak potentiometer.
The small potentimètre VCA adjusts the volume of the synthesizer.
The LFO part is equipped with a potentiometer and a Rate Int potentiometer modulating intervals.
Thank you for others to read other reviews specifications; writing my review from a smartphone exercise is tricky.


The configuration is more affordable and it is precisely this that has motivated my choice. This little synth / sequencer is very intuitive and in minutes the pleasure of playing which I think remains the essence of music is immediate.
The manual is basic but effective.
With regard to the issue we are dealing with an analog machine. Playing, triturated sound by turning knobs and other selectors.
The Drum Kit part consists of three parts non-editable:
-Snare Drum


I am overwhelmed by the Monotribe.
Small, autonomous when in battery, it has become a key element in my configuration.
The sounds are excellent and fiddling can draw beautiful special effects.
I love to improvise from a simple rhythm.
In creation and demo mode, I record a bass line or arpeggios that run in a loop and I play the guitar top.
By after touch keyboard but the ribbon is a very playful approach.
The sounds are mostly what we expected and in fact.


I use it for a little over a month and I'm not tired.
I have synthesizers, but is currently awaiting a move and thus to find my home studio, I wanted to buy a synthesizer that can fit in a small space.
My philosophy for several years is less is more.J 've spent years killing my eyes to the screens. I sold the computer and bought a four-track cassette recorder.
So following my journey, I highly recommend this wonderful little gem.
The value for money is very good.
Yes I do it again this choice and I am considering buying a second Monotribe.

Korg Monotribe news

A CV/Gate control on the Korg Monotribe

A CV/Gate control on the Korg Monotribe

Published on 03/01/13
Korg japanese website announced the availability of an update for the Korg Monotribe firmware which adds a CV/Gate control.

Korg monotribe Version 2

Published on 12/02/11

[Musikmesse] Korg Monotribe

Published on 04/06/11

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