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Korg MONOTRON Analog Ribbon Synth with Built-in Speaker

by Korg

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  • Full-fledged, true analog synthesizer: vco, vcf, lfo
  • Inspiring, easy-to-play ribbon keyboard
  • Intuitive, fun-to-tweak controls
  • Features the same classic analog filter found in the legendary korg ms-10 & ms-20
  • Filter any external source using the audio input jack
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Item Weight95 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberMONOTRON
Number of Keyboard Keys16
  
Additional Information
ASINB003DX96TW
Best Sellers Rank 1,968 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First Available17 Jun 2010
  
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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.

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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 of 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!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By imusthaveanickname on 8 April 2011
It's a small sturdy box with a touch sensitive strip - those keys are just printed on it as a guide. The five pots (knobs) are small but turn smoothly and feel solid. Remaining are a volume dial, a three way switch and two 3.5mm ipod size audio jacks, one for aux audio in and one for headphones out, there's also a speaker. In black and white with some curved and some square edges it looks very stylish and a bit retro.

It's a simple analogue synth. A continuous sawtooth tone is generated when you press on the strip - the strip covers an octave and a bit and can be adjusted over a wide range of frequencies using the pitch pot. The tone is fed into a low pass filter, it's cutoff point adjustable with one of the pots and the aggressiveness of it's resonance with another. This filter is also applied to any sound coming in from the aux in, although when using an aux a high filter resonance will lead to hissing.

Lastly there's a low frequency sawtooth oscillator which can be used to affect the filter cutoff point or the tone pitch, the LFO rate and intensity are adjusted with the final two pots - there's a red led that pulses warmly each time the LFO ticks over.

This is my first analogue synth or filter and it's different from any software synth or filter I've used - richer and far more interesting to tweak around. It makes Forbidden Planet style sounds from sonorous sci-fi engine to resonant howling. The LFO also makes for lovely pulsing bass and even kick drum noises.

It isn't a great way to make a melody, it is possible to get the right pitch using a stylus (not included) as the width of the keys is less than half the width of a finger and you must hit the centre of each key.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bill D on 24 May 2011
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Bought at Amazons suggestion when searching for a replacement for my Theremin, I was sort of expecting a stylophone with knobs on (literally), but was pleasantly surprised to get all that and more.

As the description says it's a basic oscillator circuit with an LFO that can be switched to either the pitch control or the filter. The note is controlled by a touchpad which is nice for smooth glissandos but makes actually staying in tune without a stylus (I use a plectrum) and a steady hand nigh impossible (much like a theremin I suppose).

For all its simplicity the range of sounds available is amazing, from simple beepy-boopy sounds to surprisingly complex, sweeping textures. Going way past the "useful" ranges of the LFO and filter produces some really amazing (and some amazingly bad) weird harmonics and overtones too.

Plugging in a sound source lets you use the filter (either with or without the LFO) to modify other sounds (simple synth loops work best, but you get interesting effects from drums and other more complex sounds too).

All in all - if you like your old-school sounds, or just like having knobs to twiddle, this is a brilliant little toy that you might even find some use for as a serious tool...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 4 Jun 2013
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Really fun to play with, i'm new to analogue Synthesis so i thought a small analogue synth like this would be a good choice as i'd know if it'd be worth buying a full size synthesizer.

When i first got it, i have to say the first creditable thing was the packaging, i thought it was going to be one of the stupid plastic wrapping which are stupendously hard to get into, but actually, it's just a piece of tape holding it all together, genius! I then fired it up, the filter is so smooth and the resonance or "peak" as it's called hear goes way up into the hearing range so you can create all sorts of weird and wacky sound. The LFO is also really cool because that also goes up into the hearing range, i managed to make some really weird "robotic" style sounds that i might actually sample :P

i have found a few things that i wish would come with the Monotron but i suppose i could live without them (or even mod the heck out of this thing). My main point is, there is no wave shape selector, it's constantly triangle, which is annoying but i suppose for this price i can get over it. I would of also liked to see wave shapes for the LFO as well as then i could make more weird and wonderful sounds. An envelope would of been nice to as it would really begin to open up a new door of sounds that you can create. My biggest point would be the fact that this thing has no midi, it's kind of silly, with midi this would be so much more joyful to play with but for an extra £25 you can buy a kit that you can install so it has midi in.

All in all it's a really cool device and i'm enjoying it. I can only say a few bad bits but for what the price is, you can probably just over look them. To be honest with you, being someone who has reason and ableton i think i'm just spoilt with the choices of digital synthesis but nether the less, this is a really fun thing to have and the filter on it is so amazing, it's like nothing i've ever heard before.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lutz Svensson on 20 Aug 2012
Hmmmmm... a distinctly tricky one, this. Essentially, there's nothing *wrong* with this tiny wee gizmo... which might lead some to think my 2-star review is a bit churlish... but even at the giveaway price, I just wonder whether it'll ever find a usable niche in anyone's serious music-making.

For a start, I'd urge anyone considering buying one of these to have a look at the dimensions. It's 15cm long. Which isn't very long at all (it's about the same size as, say, a scientific calculator). This means that the internal speaker is tiny, the 'ribbon' is minuscule, and the rotary controls are even smaller. Being the shovel-thumbed man-beast that I am, this made adjusting anything accurately almost impossible for me... while actually trying to use the ribbon strip melodically (or even trying to isolate an individual note with any accuracy of intonation) was a frustrating waste of time. Forget that fact that this has a piano keyboard printed on it; you'll never, ever coax a TUNE out of the swine (even using, say, a stylus from a PDA).

And secondly... lord, it's a flimsy bit of kit. 'Kinder Surprise' build quality, really (and I'm talking about the chocolate egg, here - not the toy inside...).

So while it *does* do everything it says it will, the limitations in the execution render this device - for my purposes, anyway (adding some nice, chewy analogue synth lines to some lo-fi bedroom indiepop) - a complete non-starter.

Forewarned is forearmed and all that.
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