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Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth

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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 ... Read More

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Overview

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.

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
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)
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4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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ANALOG synth

In reference to the first review, and in all fairness to the product which is accurately and fully described in the product detail, this is an ANALOG synthesizer. It is not a DIGITAL...Read complete review

In reference to the first review, and in all fairness to the product which is accurately and fully described in the product detail, this is an ANALOG synthesizer. It is not a DIGITAL synthesizer. Thus, no MIDI connectability (reminder: MIDI = Musical Intrument Digital Interface). Analog synths are prized for the user's ability to control/design timbre, a feature that is impressive in a hand-held device. This is basically a neat pocket toy.

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A pricey noisemaker

I have been a guitar player avidly for three years now. When I first saw this monotron I was excited to get my first taste of synth at a small price! When I finally...Read complete review

I have been a guitar player avidly for three years now. When I first saw this monotron I was excited to get my first taste of synth at a small price! When I finally got my hands on the monotron it was cool how portable and small it was. Thats about all the pros I have for this item. I got bored with it very quickly as I could only crank out 9 or 10 unique sounds to it. It is a nice, durable product...just wasn't for me. All I could get from it was some techno noises and ambient fluid sounds etc... I tried using it as a filter for my guitar but the results were sub par. If your a great synth user and want some cool portability this is for you. If your looking for a trippy noisemaker this is also for you. If your like me and were trying to add something extra to your sounds....I would hold off on this one. Korg did a great job but it just isn't much fun.

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5.0

Worth it for the filter alone.

By Gerald Fleming

from Oklahoma City, OK

If you're not willing to use your imagination with this little synth, you should look elsewhere. Otherwise, this is for you. The filter on this thing is awesome. It's very warm and gritty. It invites you to run everything through it: drum machines, guitars, other synths, samplers, radios, your smartphone, the television. Everything. It also makes noise on its own, but that will grow old. The filter is the star of the show.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly surprised!

By RM3

from Minneapolis, MN

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!

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of Fun

By GaggingMaggot

from Boiling Springs SC

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.

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun little synth!

By KorgFan

from modesto, California

Got this yesterday, and i'm actually surprised! Its WAY better than you would expect! its got a really easy to use interface, and it already has a built in speaker, so its ready to go out of the box!

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(17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome analog anywhere

By MCIABL

from Seattle,WA

I love Korg's stuff & this is no exception, 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. It eats batteries like crazy though, and that's the only power source. 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. It sounds great, it's just made out of very cheap, light plastic. If you take care of it, it'll last, but I can see people who are hard on their gear breaking it immediately. The price is nice, and pretty fair I think, I just expected something a bit more well built. It feels like a cheap toy, and at the end of the day, that's all it is, but I love it very much. If something were to happen to mine, despite its shortcomings, I'd buy another one instantly. 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 studio phones.

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(42 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a new addition to the studio

By relic

from cleveland ohio

glad i got this at guitar center! this little guy is a nice addition to my studio. perfect for little background sound effects and even main analog rhythms in my music! great job korg! just wish it had a different power supply and not just batteries.

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(7 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A pricey noisemaker

By Dylan

from Indianapolis, IN

I have been a guitar player avidly for three years now. When I first saw this monotron I was excited to get my first taste of synth at a small price! When I finally got my hands on the monotron it was cool how portable and small it was. Thats about all the pros I have for this item. I got bored with it very quickly as I could only crank out 9 or 10 unique sounds to it. It is a nice, durable product...just wasn't for me. All I could get from it was some techno noises and ambient fluid sounds etc... I tried using it as a filter for my guitar but the results were sub par. If your a great synth user and want some cool portability this is for you. If your looking for a trippy noisemaker this is also for you. If your like me and were trying to add something extra to your sounds....I would hold off on this one. Korg did a great job but it just isn't much fun.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOING INSANE WAITING FOR MONOTRON

By Monster Of The Id

from Chicago,IL

I have heard this synth demonstrated and it sounds great.I will look forward to using it as a synth and a filter for another synth.I also read this is a good synth for taking apart and making your own.I am now interested in buying many of these.I can't stand the wait though.It's driving me a bit crazy.Alot of people must have ordered multiple.I tell you to do the same.

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(37 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Korg not thinking?

By Edward

from San Diego, CA

The reviewer that made that statement obviously is not the type the monotron is geared towards. This synth is extremely exciting due to its use of the old (first) generation MS-20 filter. It is geared towards the people who want odd sounds, and control over them, not towards a midi composing/ production crowd. It can be sampled, if you need to use in such areas. Korg was, and continues to think on the right track with their gear. I am a hardcore fan of almost all Korg products, and this is no let down!!!

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Analog in my pocket

By Motion Dervish

from Los Angeles, CA

Korg is thinking in the right direction. Like Yamaha did in the 80's (with less success)Smaller is better. With all this: Korg Kaossilator,Mini KP,DS10,MIKRO Korg, Yamaha CS01, you can't go wrong. In fact I want two. one for doing lines the other for processing. It's an ANALOG synth that wont burn a hole in your pocket folks or put a dent in your spine. LOL!

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