The very first analog synthesizer was produced many years ago. By this point, I didn’t really think there was much space left for innovation. All that changed recently with Korg’s latest synth, the Monotron. With the MS-20, Wavestation and M1, Korg have produced several of the most popular synths of all time. Surprisingly, the Monotron is a very original concept in analog synthesizers. Let’s investigate why by looking at 5 things you’re going to enjoy about the Korg Monotron.
Incredible Analog Vibe
It’s simple to understand why the Monotron sounds so cool when you notice that it has the same analog filter circuitry as the outstanding MS-20. This filter path gives the Monotron a depth of tone that you just have to hear to believe. Simply put, you get the quality of an honest analog synth, yet you can carry it in your hand.
It’s Pocket-Sized And Portable
Another feature that blows me away is you can literally take this thing wherever you go. It runs on two AAA batteries and has a built-in speaker. Creating music on a synth couldn’t get any easier. As far as audio outputs go, the Korg has one that does dual function as a headphone jack or stereo out. Running the stereo output of the Monotron into another equipment opens up worlds of sonic opportunities.
Share Your Melodies With The Ribbon Controller
Using a ribbon controller, your music is instantly more expressive and thrilling. You will quickly notice that the ribbon helps you flex and sweep notes like never before. With a ribbon controller, you instantly have access to all sorts of swooping and sliding sounds that you just can’t fully simulate using a traditional keyboard.
Full-On Analog Effects
You’re going to learn to love this about the Monotron. Glance at the back and you’ll notice a connection labeled Aux Input. This jack sort of turns the Korg into a modular synthesizer in that you can run any audio through it’s filter path. Bam, immediate old-school analog filtering.
There’s nothing like filtering drum loops with this machine. Right away, your music goes to an entirely distinctive place. A word of caution, this one feature is highly addictive. Personally, I have spent full weekends mutilating loops through my Monotron.
All This For Less Than $70
No really, it sells for under $70. All of your favorite music stores are carrying them. Outstanding audio, little size, this thing is the complete package. Don’t overlook the Korg Monotron.