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      Korg Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth (430847)
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Palm-sized, battery-powered, ribbon-controlled analog synth with expressive effects and popular Korg filters.

Analog synths were once massive, temperamental monsters, but the Korg monotron proves that big things now come in small packages. The true analog monotron synthesizer fits in your pocket and makes it possible for you to play anytime, anyplace.

Although it is small enough to hold in one hand, the Korg monotron synth delivers enormous, dazzling sounds. The controls have been streamlined for ease of use—concentrating on the most important sound parameters, the panel contains only five knobs and one switch. With this level of simplicity, now anyone can easily enjoy the world of analog synthesizers. It's simply a blast to play.

Ribbon controller keyboard offers easy expression
Borrowing the enjoyment of performing with a simple touch from Korg's wildly popular KAOSS products, the monotron synth's ribbon controller keyboard takes this ease of use even farther. Simple finger gestures can produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide.

1VCO, 1VCF, 1LFO - Modular synthesis building blocks
The Korg monotron's circuit is radically simple: one voltage-controlled oscillator, one voltage-controlled filter, and one low frequency oscillator. As a result, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and instantly understandable. And it's tons of fun. This Korg synth provides the joy of sonic creativity that's at the heart of analog synthesis.

The famous Korg filter
This Korg synthesizer starts with the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as KORG's classic MS-10 and original MS-20 semi-modular synths, and adds extra oomph to the resonance. Originally released over 30 years ago, these synthesizers are still coveted today for their aggressive, dynamic filters. The VCF Cutoff knob sets the frequency or tone of the filter; the VCF Peak (resonance) knob adds emphasis.

Semi modular satisfaction
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 Korg synthesizer'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 keyboard, a guitar, a digital audio player or even an unmixed track to the Korg monotron synth and enjoy tone-bending filter effects.

Versatile LFO provides audio and visual excitement
The LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) can affect either the oscillator pitch or the filter cutoff. Both the speed and the intensity are individually adjustable, so you can create anything from a gentle vibrato to swooping tone changes of galactic proportions. 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.

Listen anywhere—alone or with friends
The ultimate in compactness, the Korg monotron synth includes a built-in miniature speaker. Along with the battery operation, this feature allows you to enjoy the monotron everywhere. 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. When used, it cuts off the speaker so you get personal monitoring or so that you get the full effect of your larger speaker system.

Korg Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth Features:

  • Korg synth features the same classic analog filter found in the legendary Korg MS-10 & MS-20
    Filter any external source using the audio input jack
    Inspiring, easy-to-play ribbon keyboard
    Intuitive, fun-to-tweak controls
    Full-fledged, true analog synthesizer: VCO, VCF, LFO
    LFO can modulate either pitch or filter cutoff
    LFO Rate knob features cool LED visual indicator
    Battery operation and palmtop size equals true portability
    Internal speaker/headphone jack lets you enjoy the sound anywhere— alone or with friends


Korg Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth Specifications:

  • Audio Path: VCO, VCF, LFO
    Knobs: VCO Pitch; LFO Rate; LFO Intensity; VCF Cutoff; VCF Peak
    LFO switch: Assignable to Oscillator Pitch or Filter Cutoff
    Controller: Ribbon controller
    Volume: Headphone volume
    Aux Input: 1/8" stereo jack
    Headphone Output: 1/8" stereo jack
    Speaker: Miniature internal (disabled when headphones are in use)
    Power Supply: AAA Alkalines (x2)
    Dimensions: (WxDxH): 4.72" x 2.83" x 1.10"
    Weight: 3.35oz. (without batteries)


Korg Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth

USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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Product Reviews
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  • Lots of Fun

    As reviewed by GaggingMaggot on 1/23/2011

    Don't let the size of this thing 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 hella 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 completley plastic. Those things said. 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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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  • Pleasantly surprised!

    As reviewed by RM3 on 2/11/2011

    I researched this instrument online and watched tutorials on YouTube. At first I thought there was no way any musician could compose on this "toy." Was I ever wrong. I play keyboards in my band and I whipped it out during a rehearsal. Now my bandmates want one for themselves. I played it at a live gig too, and it knocked people out. It's a great addition. I like it a lot!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Korg Not Thinking

    As reviewed by Ron K. on 7/30/2010

    So why would you want this synth with no Midi I/O where you could plug in a decent keyboard controller. Sorry Korg, you were just not thinking on this one.

    18 of 191 people found this review helpful.
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