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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...
JimboSpins's review"Fun, but needs effects"
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
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Modulator18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice box"
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.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Intuitive and excellent!"
The synthesizer section has three waveforms:
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:
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
kraftmusik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Surprising"
The VCO, VCF and VCA are composed of analog circuits. With simple operation and the process of creating sound unique to analog synths, the monotribe allows you to make sound synthesis of highly flexible and intuitive way. Filter (VCF) circuit offers the classic Korg MS-20.
Even though he apparently shared components with the MS-20 is not found on the rough side of the latter, but the sonic possibilities are quite extensive for such a small box, for my part I can even do "talk" is saying.
You can change the range of the keyboard ribbon. The keyboard ribbon also allows you to play chromatically as on a conventional keyboard and to play melodies with accurate notes.
A bit more playable than its little brother the Monotron through its function Chromatic, but do not expect to play solos furious.
The tone generator internal battery to three parts using separate analog circuits, it offers a bass drum, a snare drum and a cymbal.
Unfortunately, this is a big downside of the machine, they are not "editable" without changing internal and especially out on the same channel as the synth separate outputs have been wise. Perfect for the minimum but not much more, however in addition to an old BAR is a treat.
Sequencer 8 (16 from the update) to:
You can control the sequence in real time to create loops with drum and synth part.
Catch Sync In / Out:
This allows chaining and synchronize multiple Monotribes via a mini jack.
This mode allows you to record and play back the synth without being limited by it. It allows you to create complex rhythms and grooves unique.
The Sequencer is however the big advantage of boiboite, super intuitive, extremely simple, and very surprising in Flux mode.
Some mourn the absence of MDIDI, but the ability to sync with almost any rhythm or old BAR without MIDI is a surprising and ultimately very practical, for my part I use an old Korg coupled KR55 and I have no desire to sync well with my Roland CR-68 and DR-110-BOSS and the icing on the cake, I even leave the signal out of synch to my Monotribe Roland CSQ-100 pilot a Roland SH-09 ...
To summarize, intermediate with old gear, it works simply and efficiently.
With wide setting ranges for the parameters and INTEN RATE-SITY, you can go from subtle changes in the modulation drastically. In addition to its function as a low frequency oscillator, the LFO 1SHOT proposes a method which transforms it into the envelope generator (EG).
Nothing to say about it, the results are stunning for a machine so small price.
Note also the possibility to connect any audio source to use with filter.
The Monotribe is very simple to use, one button function, very rare combination to access some features, but nothing complicated, we branch and plays with it all.
The manual is very clear when to him and goes to the point.
Yes it suits what I do (the Zique a little vintage based synth also vintage).
It works equally well for those who want to run a sequence of arpeggios Tangerine Dream to those who want to see even the minimum Acid house (attention, it is still not a TB ).
It is capable of big bass, acid sounds (for the little one put hands dirty), cosmic enough to FX and even talk (semblances of EH, AH, EUH, UH AOWW ") short, marvel, it quickly becomes totally addict.
At the very least, as I said above, no separate outputs BAR / SYNTH, it is a pity, especially for the mix.
A note on iPhone, a free application) to synchronize the Monotribe a precise Tempo via IN SYNCH, it may be useful to calibrate a bass line from a Cubase project or another.
I have a little over a year now, I love its simplicity, its sounds, there is not much at this price point that is also well done and especially also fun.
I think even get one second of time, the story of how a little talk.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Doctor Feelgood's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Still a marvel analog Korg signed"
Simple. as you turn the knobs on all analog. The case is solid and the knobs entrenched. It is made to last.
We find the MS10, the MS2O and more, and all in a small box. Self oscilations wild welcome + sequencer and drum machine typed vintage! WHat you need?
In 10 years people will tear this box if there is more product. A good idea of which goes back to Korg 100% analog after micro korg sinister memory. Phew! It is never too late to get back to basics!
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laurent_conte's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" analogy limps"
nothing more, nothing less. I tinker a midi interface to use the tape with my EMX (uber cool), and midi sync with ableton.
I put perfect because I think too cool ca from Korg to make machines "a tinker"
The device is so easy to use
Level sound is analog, it happens even to go to soother.
C goes away, or at least it is relatively limited, but it does sound that I was looking for, and I have other equipment to do the rest ...
I do not regret my purchase, I sometimes do the bebette whining while I work on my laptop ... she serves underhand, I tripotte and makes noises of Saturn ... my zen garden sound ...
4 of 9 people found this review helpful
Difficult to notice this point, for what it wants it there is everything you need, but it still lacks something ...
Configuration very simple if you can read the small table at the end of line 8 of the manual.
Manual minimalist, clear and sufficient.
Editing is easy, direct, no mystery to who has tried to know what are VCO, VCA and Co.
The application of tape used but in my case I cut his teeth on the monotron and I like the approximation of the stuff, others will hate, so to test.
The sound of the synth's filter but also reminds waves and well-known vintage, it's cool.
The drum sounds are very basic and not editable but they are clearly just there for decoration, I find them fun and for that I used are quite sufficient.
I've had almost two months, I used almost every day even if it's only 2 minutes to the con until a copy ends ...
I was a fan of Monotron I MS20/10 and therefore it is natural that I went to buy it.
What I like least is that there was no separate output for drums and synth.
What I like most is that it works on battery, I can summarize the crapper.
This choice I will ever see my second sentence.
You have to see something: it's a fun mini synth with no other claim, anyone looking for something else will be disappointed. This is not a MS10 is not a groove box, ...
It's small, it is compact, simple, with a heavy synth sound in it, it goes no further and that's what I find much in my case. If I want to lead the big brothers are there and to add a little sound in my mix quickly or on a piece is nickel, particularly with the Monotron in the audio jack.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
saturax08's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Magical and essential because mat!"
very intuitive. Everything is under your fingers and intuitive.
We easily find what is wanted when we know a little analog synthesis.
Here it is to die for. It sounds by quickly in "wild" side with the imprecision of analog synthesis that is fluid and changeable at will. That will never make the analog emulation.
It is not far from things that can get on a moog modular. Sounds that can be quite extreme or very soft.
The drum machine is excellent and punchy.
Very good filter on this small ultra portable synth. The sequencer is very convenient and a drum machine more. Really a good product that finds use in the studio.
Quality oscilateur and filter that he enters a mix very easily. The purity and side shifting of the analog of the 70's there.
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
suntsu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Intuitive and fun!"
The handling is very simple, and the manual contains everything you need to know about the machine and the only function "cache" is the sequencer 16 steps lies in the squenceur 8 steps. .. The rest should not be a soothsayer, this machine will most directly and I love the concept!
The rhythmic sounds are modifiable though not well chosen and reminds me of the TR-606 ...
Synthtiseur part is basically the same as the Monotron but without the horrible noise which is decked Monotron!
Obviously it's not just the voice of synthtiseur Monotron found because the Monotribe offers a more basic management envelopes, 3 waveforms, LFO that it is now possible to apply the VCO and the VCF and the possibility to choose between three operating mode for the LFO.
I love the MS20 filter, its grain is inimitable and Monotribe the LFO is really aggressive in possible ... The Monotribe is a brute that delivers sound that I like!
I use it for a few hours. I possdais Monotron the dj and Mopho DSI and I must say that this Monotribe owe me nothing especially since it is relatively easy to reach via the functions of Monotribe few points weld ...
What I like most is the cot Live, Plug & Play Fun and really of the machine even if it is limited remember that even in an orchestra the triangle is important! In this context the fact his office Monotribe perfection! If I had before me a few dollars without j'achterais hsit a deuxime Monotribe order to make some CANCEIS of Jam!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful