Korg's monotron DUO is a ribbon-controller keyboard that gives you not just one, but two analog oscillators to create an even more extreme sound. If you tune the oscillators in unison, you get a rich,... Read More
Korg's monotron DUO is a ribbon-controller keyboard that gives you not just one, but two analog oscillators to create an even more extreme sound. If you tune the oscillators in unison, you get a rich, thick, analog tone. If you tune them in intervals, you can emulate classic soloing sounds and generate new effects. Tweak the X-MOD (cross modulation) circuit taken from Korg's classic Mono/Poly and you can introduce a mild or razor-sharp edge to the overall sound; everything from a rich vibrato to extreme metallic sounds reminiscent of an FM synth.
VCO + VCF = Modular synthesis building blocks
The basic analog sound-building circuit in the monotron DUO is radically simple: one voltage-controlled oscillator and one voltage-controlled filter. As a result, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and instantly understandable.
Enhanced Ribbon Controller Keyboard
The monotron DUO's ribbon controller keyboard now features the familiar Scale function used on the KAOSSILATOR. You can use this button to select one of four scales: Chromatic, Major, Minor, or Off. Choose the Chromatic scale to play precise pitches as on a piano, or choose Major or Minor to generate musically coherent phrases by simply sliding your finger around on the keyboard.
Go Anywhere Analog
A miniature speaker is built into the monotron DUO. Along with the battery operation and compact size, this feature allows you to enjoy the share the monotron DUO's analog synthesis sound with your friends, anywhere, at any time. Use it to entertain friends, for recording, or even at karaoke during a musical interlude for solos. It also has a headphone output you can use when practicing in private, creating sounds at home, recording, or for connecting to an amplifier or PA system.
Classic Korg Filtering
The distinctive tone of an analog filter (VCF) can dramatically alter and enrich the sound. The monotron DUO 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, especially in any live performance.
The input jack (AUX input) built into the monotron DUO's compact body allows you to place any audio source into the signal path, directly before the analog filter. This provides a great way to connect a KAOSSILATOR, a guitar, or a digital audio player to the monotron DUO and enjoy tone-bending filter effects.
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My first one. Can`t wait to use in a recording. Running it through a amp and then to a digital recorder. SOUND GOOD. Also need a THEREMIN.
If you are involved in any relationships that require communication and/or interactive recreation, you may want to steer clear of any of the Korg Monotrons, particularly if you also own a multi-track recorder. My wife bought me the Korg Monotron Duo as a present. I think she did it because I told her that the only present I would be interested in getting was a Korg Monotron. Now I find myself having to work very hard not to ignore everything important in life (work, hygiene, family, eating, etc.) because I am tweaking sounds. The Monotron Duo reminds me of a movie where some superheroes are battling it out and there's always that one little guy just kind of hanging back at the edge of the fray. Just when you start to wonder what he's even doing there, he opens his mouth and blows everyone away with some sort of ultra-sonic scream. Um, I think his name is Monotron. The Duo is neat because it has dual oscillators and an x-mod knob to cross between the two. The circuit is designed to give a square wave, but I think it's not quite a perfect square. I have found some sounds in it that are reminiscent of a square/triangle blend. The filter is great, as expected. I miss the LFO from the original Monotron (which I at one time owned and stupidly sold and now I sit around feeling stupid for selling) which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. If you get any of the Monotrons, I would suggest the original Monotron first. It has everything you need to get started. After that, though, get the Duo. I can imagine that putting the Duo through the LFO and filter of the Monotron would give you more fun than you could handle. Add in the Delay and you would have a mobile musical playground for $150. Not too shabby.
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