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Do you want a free Korg Monotron synth?

Submitted by on May 14, 2010 – 6:23 pm 65 Comments

It’s our birthday! SynthGear is one year old, and to celebrate, I’d like to give away one of the coolest, funky little pieces of gear I’ve seen in a while – a Korg Monotron.

We’ve covered the Korg Monotron a couple of times already, and it’s has some great reviews. Here’s Korg’s blurb on it:

Powered by two alkaline AAA batteries, the compact 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.

So, how can you win it? Well, I’ve really had my head in SynthGear over the past year, and now I’d love to get your ideas. I’m open to just about anything, so here’s what you can send:

  • Your idea to make SynthGear better/more popular/more useful/more fun
  • Ideas on things that we could sell on the site
  • A new Logo!
  • A SynthGear t-shirt design
  • Anything else that you can think of

Post your ideas in the comments, and if you want to send us anything like a logo, please send it to info(at) I’ll take the thing that inspires me the most (and hopefully use it!) before June 30, and award the Monotron to the person who posted or sent it.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments as well, and I’ll do my best to answer them, and even if you don’t want to enter the contest, I’d love to hear what you love or hate about SynthGear.

Thanks for reading everyone!



  • Dan says:

    Just give an example of something you’ve worked on with the mono and you’ll attract lots of attention. Be yourself and make music you love.

  • Shannon says:

    I did a quick synthgear re-branding of my webotron synth that can be embedded on this (or any other) website.

  • Gavin says:

    Hey, i just stumbled upon your site and i thinks its really good and insightful. Though, I personally think Synth tutorials and how to play songs would be cool. I’ve seen loads of videos on You tube. You could get people to submit them.
    Also, maybe some kind of samples library, where people can upload and share synth loops they’ve created. Finally, it would be good if you had a gallery of synths with your own review’s of them and also give people the chance to put their own reviews based on a rating system perhaps. Just some idea’s. I’m not artistic enough to create a logo but would hope i can be entered into the competition if possible.
    Many Thanks and all the best

  • Rich says:

    I dunno if anyone’s suggested this already, but a synth tutorial section might be a good idea – a few basics running through how to program a ‘trumpet sound’, a bass sound, a pad, etc etc. What a lot of tutorials seem to miss is the principles of sound design, they’re usually very product-specific and don’t explain to newbies that you can make almost any sound on any synthesizer. Might be an idea to knock up the sound on a 101 or CS10 or something, and then again on a soft synth of some kind, such as ES1 in Logic or whatever. I wouldn’t mind contributing to something like this too, I’m sure the upkeep of the site takes enough time as it is, and one of my mates must have a camcorder knocking ’round somewhere.

    Sent a logo design via e-mail as well. See what you think.


  • Sean says:

    It’s my birthday tomorrow. Give me the synth.

  • Daniel C says:

    Just chucked together an old-skool type logo for you guys. Tried to incorporate the little square wave thing in your existing logo.

  • Funkelstiltskin says:

    My first time on your site was today. It is awesome. Just what I’ve been searching for. Hopefully Im not to late to win the Monotron. Here is my idea for your website:

    Monthly Synth Wars:

    You choose the synth of the month. You post the synth of the month on day one of each month. Viewers of your site that have that particular synth create a song using ONLY that synth. They submit a video (youtube style) of them playing that song or if they want to get creative (and have the time!) they can make there own music video. Post the videos and let the viewers decide who wins that months Synth War or you can be the judge. Its all good.

    Hopefully you will like this suggestion. I have not read any of the other suggestions so hopefully I am not copying anyone either.

    “Get Funky….Stay Funky”


  • Pete M says:

    I just found your site today, so I guess I’m too late to be in the Moog drawing, but since I didn’t see any winner posted I figured that just maybe there is still time to toss my name in the bucket.
    My suggestion for the site would be ‘how to get started’ tips for the rank beginner. I’ve been trying to get into synth, but am having an uphill slog getting a handle on it. Right now I an playing with a Yamaha Motif Classic; lots of options but little guidance.

  • Bigga B says:

    I will make a music video/trailer/advert/awesomeness for you!

    – Brandon “Bigga B” Scrushy –
    @BiggaBMusic on Twitter

  • Toby says:

    How about selling wooden end cheeks fo newer synths and or replacements fo older ones. If you send me a monotron I can design some for it and you can try and sell them.

  • Daniel Y. says:

    Here is a logo idea for your site. It’s some form of attempt to combine a gear and a keyboard…..

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