Korg Monotron
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Korg Monotron

Monotron, Analog Synth from Korg in the Monotron series.

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All user reviews of 3/5 for the Korg Monotron

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 17 reviews )
 4 reviews24 %
 10 reviews59 %
 3 reviews18 %
Value For Money : Excellent
yoTrakkz10/03/2011

yoTrakkz's review"fun to mess around with."

Korg Monotron
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.

UTILIZATION

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

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 OPINION

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?
SpootniK04/12/2013

SpootniK's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Monotron
1 headphone mini jack.
1 entry to the mini headphones.
1 octave keyboard type "ribbon".
One standby switch (on / off) and pitch cutoff, depending on what you want to control with the lfo.
1 lfo one waveform: sawtooth. Knob with his speed (rate).
1 type filter with cutoff and peak MS20 (resonnance).
Running on battery and has nothing planned to operate on.

UTILIZATION

This is a toy to make noise and minimalist melodies.
Mode synth to play something "clean" it will have the finger end and filled with finesse, it must be very concentrated and applied to get there quickly if we make the music of children 3 years ie noise.
It sounds simple but at the beginning it is a bit confusing. Mode cutoff we realize that the lfo is still active even to zero.
The filter: if the peak is at the bottom monotron generates a sound characteristic of the MS20 filter with much whistling peak at the bottom.
The machine can capture field "magnetic" surrounding it which makes it generate its parasite. (Do not place too close to an active speaker for example).
Part is the limit, when there are VA and analog it quickly behind compared to other filters synth (c virus, blofeld, evolver), although it has its grain MS20. Generates a partier to the breath rather embarrassing especially that it is better to amplify the output of the machine to hear properly.
The batteries wear out quickly, we can not play with more than one full day. (Korg warns that)

SOUNDS

The sound that comes out synth mode is rather "big" and analog sounds good.
Having a single tilt with a single waveform lfo and ditto for the fact that it greatly limits the possibilities of this synth.
Can be quite heavy with a kick, but hardly synchronized. (It will better synchronize hand with another machine more precise.)
The part that allows the use of external effect blows a lot and is not able to take the input volume too high and there is breath in output. MS20 filter sounds but still in a bad environment so it spoils the fun. The machine saturates quickly and saw my fate does not distort interesting is dirty it is.
When you play hard with the lfo and filter through the sound to it eventually always hear the same loud sound that causes the filter, whatever the sound came.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two days intensively by passing all sorts of things inside: sample of pace, pad, organ, saw filtered or not.
Mode it leaves a big synth sound, but we very quickly around.
The part is really too light and limit exploitable.
Precision potentiometers makes it very difficult to set a value and find it later (especially in the spleen which feels the most).
Considering the price ok there was no transformer, but ay think after a while we will spend every penny of the unit cell, even rechargeable.
I ask myself: is it not better to wait a little saving rather than taking this type of gadget? For me yes.
djquartzlocker09/27/2010

djquartzlocker's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Between the toy and synthesizer pro ..."

Korg Monotron
Reproduction of the famous MS-2O filter with the near minimum synthesis parameters, no memory or noon, but there are various mods to edit / Moisten / control of several ways (see video), mini keyboard ribbon, single phase input and output audio stereo minijack ...

UTILIZATION

Between the toy and synthesizer, very intuitive, a 4 year old child could use it!, The manual does almost nothing other than the wiring diagram and the name of the machine functions ...

SOUNDS

The sounds are péchus, funny and expressive, we get very good facillement noises, bass / kicks which leads even when lightly felines birds (I would say kind of mewing acids that can easily generate enough), however not Fashion "hold" to keep the score down ...
The only regret is that my taste in a sizable amount of breath which, however, adds to bottom on the side vintage, having already used a true MS-20 MONO POLY where I can say that even the unassuming synths of the time did not have as much breath as that, and it gets pretty damn annoying if you want to record and play multiple tracks at once, for example.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it only for 4 days, what I like most, its mobility, its sound sharp and super acids, and can also be used in conjunction with audio apps on Iphone / iPad (among other emulations KORG home and equivalents ...) what I like least, too much breath, breath and still breathing, I have not tried other models before buying because there is not exactly equivalent (at least in this price range ...). In the end I am sorry it is not so easy to make it a truly professional use and we will find ourselves with a tool rather extra to send a little color here and there to complete a set of performance during Live example (which is already not so bad).