Future Retro introduces the Mondovox
Future Retro releases Mondovox, a polyphonic MIDI processor for users equipped with compatible monophonic synths.
The Mondovox processor was primarily designed to play polyphonically up to 16 monophonic synths, but Future Retro adds that you can use it with any kind of MIDI compatible synth or module (polyphonic, multitimbral, virtual, sampler, analogue, digital...).
The 19" 1U rackable module features one MIDI input, a MIDI Thru and 16 MIDI outputs, all on 5-pin DIN connectors.
Once connected your gear, you can choose between 9 polyphonic modes:
- UNISON: Stack up to 16 voices to play in unison for one big sound, with the ability to play up to 16 notes simultaneously, creating huge unison chords.
- UNISON DETUNE with three Unison Detune modes -- detune down, detune up/down, and detune up -- allow you to play up to 16 notes in unison, as well as detune all voices to varying degrees simply by moving the pitch bender. You can play in this mode up to 16 of these detuned unison voices polyphonically and you can detune the voices, then select a different polyphonic mode in the Mondovox and it will remember the detuning for each voice.
- UNISON POLY: In this mode, playing a single note will cause all active voices to play in unison. Playing a second note will reassign half the voices to the new note value, and so on
- DON'T PANIC: sends an "All Notes Off" MIDI message to clear voices should they become latched.
- POLY RANDOM: allows notes played to be randomly sent to 1 of up to 16 voices, adding more variation from one note to the next when similar sounds are played. You may also assign different sounds to each MIDI channel within a sound module, and this mode will then randomly play those different sounds at the current pitch.
- POLY CHASE: plays one available voice after another sequentially.
- POLY FIRST: always plays voice 1 first, and as more notes are played simultaneously, voices 2, 3, 4, etc. will sound.
- CHORD MEM: while in Poly First mode, you can play and hold up to 16 notes, and switch to the Chord Memory selection to latch the chord into memory. You can then play that same chord by playing a single note on your MIDI controller. The root of the latched chord will be the first note you played while in Poly First mode. Not only can you play chords with single keys, you can play up to 16 transpositions of this chord by playing up to 16 keys.
- DEFINE VOICES: you can enter the number of voices to be enabled by simply tapping a key on your MIDI controller once for each voice. The number of voices defined will remain in memory even when the unit is turned off.
- DEFINE ROUTING: determines how MIDI is handled by each of the four internal MIDI processors.
The Mondovox is handmade in the USA and ships with a universal DC power supply with various plug formats. It is available for purchase now for $300 at www.future-retro.com.
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