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Brilliant toy, surprisingly usable as an instrument too,
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This review is from: Korg MONOTRON Analog Ribbon Synth with Built-in Speaker (Electronics)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...