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The KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer. Analog synthesis returns, in the legendary KORG tradition.
Powered by two alkaline AAA batteries, the compact KORG monotron can
be held in one hand. Although small enough to easily carry with you, the
amazing monotron is packed with KORG's legendary analog technology,
generating thick and powerful sounds.
Concentrating on the most important sound parameters, the controls
have been streamlined as much as possible. The panel contains only five
knobs and one switch. With this level of simplicity, now anyone can
easily enjoy the world of analog synthesizers.
Borrowing the enjoyment of performing with a simple touch from Korg's
wildly popular KAOSS products, the monotron's ribbon controller
keyboard takes this ease of use even farther. Simple finger gestures can
produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide. Used in a band,
you can expand your possibilities by harmonizing with another instrument
– or taking center stage for a monotron solo!
The monotron's circuit is radically simple: one voltage-controlled
oscillator, one voltage-controlled filter, and one low frequency
oscillator. Since each knob directly applies a specific change to the
sound, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and instantly
Gone are the deep lists of presets and parameters typical of today's
synthesizers. Instead, the monotron encourages exploration and
experimentation. The monotron provides the joy of sonic creativity
that's at the heart of analog synthesis, making it an ideal choice for
someone who is new to synthesizers, or for musicians who wants to expand
their sonic palette.
The Korg monotron uses the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as
KORG's classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi modular synthesizers. Originally
released over 30 years ago, these instruments are still coveted today
for their aggressive, dynamic filters. The VCF Cutoff knob sets the
frequency or tone of the filter; the VCF Peak knob adds emphasis. A
powerful filter is an essential aspect of any analog synthesizer,
applying dramatic tonal changes to the sound, and projecting an intense
personality that will stand out in any live performance.
Just as on the original MS-20, the monotron's filter can be "patched
into," allowing any external audio source to be processed by the
monotron's filter. The input jack (AUX input) built into the monotron's
compact body inserts the AUX input into the signal path right before the
VCF. This provides a great way to connect a KAOSSILATOR, a guitar, or a
digital audio player to the monotron and enjoy tone-bending filter
You can switch the LFO to control either the oscillator pitch or the
filter cutoff frequency. Both LFO Rate and LFO Intensity knobs are
provided. As you turn the LFO Rate knob – featuring an embedded LED –
the speed of the modulation effect and the speed of the blinking LED
will change in tandem. Turning this knob can add another level of impact
to your live performances.
A miniature speaker is built into the monotron. Along with the
battery operation and compact size, this feature allows you to enjoy the
monotron anywhere, at any time. The ultimate in compactness, this
system brings you new possibilities for performance. There's also a
headphone output that you can use when creating sounds at home, for
recording, or for connecting to an amplifier or PA system.
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