Don't let the size of the Korg Monotron fool you. It sounds amazing. I've got it running though an ART DPSII pre and it sounds so freaking massive I keep expecting the cops to show up and inform me I'm disturbing the peace. No joke this thing has a really good VCO and Filter. The LFO has an unusually large range. There's aux input for processing external sources. But, It's no performance instrument, mind you. The ribbon strip is inarticulate. The only way to power it is with batteries and it is completely plastic. It will go through a set of batteries pretty fast though, they wont last long at all you will have to keep changing them out frequently.
a real MS-20 filter with tweakable knobs and a "ribbon" keyboard (think pressure sensitive pad). You can coax amazing sounds out of this thing and the best aspect for me is that it's far more portable than my giant Korg MS2000R rackmount synth. You can run other stuff through it but the only 'in' is a wimpy 1/8" mp3 style headphone sized input. I wish there were rca jacks or a simple quarter inch instrument cable input without having to go and buy a ton of adapters for my needs
I'm more than satisfied with dropping 60.00 bucks on this little gem. I bought it to sample from and has proven to provide quite a wide range of sounds despite its obvious limitations.
I'd like to see it made in a durable chassis, with an actual small keyboard, for around $100 USD, hopefully Korg reads reviews and will enhance the next version & make it more durable. This thing is a blast to play with through good . So if they come out with another version that’s a little more well built I will be the first buyer! But with that being said this little unit is great you will have a lot of fun with it for years to come.
This is one of the coolest pieces of gear that I have ever came in contact with over my years of being into and doing music. It generates sound via electronic means (rather than sampled means) and it's smaller than a cell phone. Many key enthusiasts describe how a unit works "out of the box"- this wonderful piece of machinery was making Logan's Run/Devo: Hardcore/Axis: Bold As Love sounds in about ninety seconds. The Monotron makes oscilloscopes" dance" with a wonderful spectrum of old school blips, bleeps and sounds that transcend adjectives.
This is a real analog synth- it is very similar to old modular synths hundreds of times larger in regards to tone (and learning curve). Key Cadets-please don't expect an Emersonian do-it-all machine. It's not really a 'doe ray mee' tool; rather, it's a great noisemaker that will provide you with rad Mark Mothersbaugh style sonic decorations. The painted keyboard is counter-intuitive- 'C' isn't 'C' unless you tweek very very patiently.
Sounds are great and there are some for all of us, it has a really dirty analog sound to it.
Really bold sounds in no time, It makes oscilloscopes “dance” with a wonderful spectrum of old school blips, and bleeps type sounds and transcend adjectives.
Overall, Really impressive item from Korg...very clean neat and compact also you can run it on a set of batteries if you want to take it on the go, and there are many options with the cutoff filters and LFO modulation. For a really affordable price, the Monotron has a lot to offer. I recommend playing it with a Nintendo DS stylus for the keypad on the ribbon controller. Very good analog sound from this neat synth. You must give this a try, and for the price that you can get it at how could you say no?
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The Monotron is equipped with a knob for the pitch, spleen (with LED clocked on the spleen), int, and peak cutoff, and 2 modes: Pitch and Cutoff. All the effects are perfect except Peak which can sometimes overwhelm the small speaker of the Monotron. Available polyphony touching the touch strip to 2 or more different locations.
The layout of each element is very simple, despite the small size of the knobs. They are also very sensitive, so be careful to control your actions! Connaiterez what effect gives you what made the sound in some hours of use. The manual is almost useless for such small machines.
Effects and sounds are from the Monotron Korg MS-20, exactly what I was looking for. This allows for clean sounds analog synth. I use it mostly for my bass and kicks (yes, my kicks!).
I use it for 3-4 months, it satisfies me completely, knowing that I had a € 11 cheaper than the base price is 30 €. I do had never touched before purchasing, just watched videos. The only downside is that the speaker saturates too easily for my taste. However, its price / quality ratio seems quite correct. Special mention for the opening of the machine easily, and guidance on the electronic circuit of the Monotron, which would almost "open-source" the device.