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KORG Monotron

Submitted by on March 24, 2010 – 4:02 pm One Comment

I’ve seen a lot of boutique makers with low-cost synths and DIY kits for synths, but I haven’t seen a major manufacturer some out with something like this in a long time:

KORG showed off their new “Monotron” at this week’s Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. The Monotron is a mini, true analogue synthesizer with VCO, LFO and VCF knobs, plus a ribbon controller (!).

The keyboard is a touch-sensitive resistive affair, which lets you add vibrato and other effeects by just moving your finger. The Monotron runs with two AAA batteries.

Here’s a video of the Monotron in action:

Particularly interesting is the filter, which KORG claims to be the same circuit found in the MS-10 and MS-20… but wait – there’s more. It also has an audio in jack so you can use the filter to process external sounds.

All this for a price of €50 (around $67 USD) seems too good to pass up.

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  • Goldmundroid says:

    On it’s own it’s good fun and a decent novelty thing. Hooked up to something else, it’s got a lot more potential. I’ve used it via a Microkorg XL (first track on my myspace) and it can do all kinds of things!

    It’s difficult to remember exactly how you got to certain sounds, but that’s part of the fun.

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