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Korg MonoTron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

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Product Description

Korg MonoTron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer - Analog on the go!
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.

Korg MonoTron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Features:

  • 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
  • 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!
Ribbon controller keyboard offers easy expression
Borrowing the enjoyment of performing with a simple touch from Korg's wildly popular KAOSS products, the monotron's ribbon controller keyboard takes this ease of use even farther. Simple finger gestures can produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide.

1VCO, 1VCF, 1LFO – Modular synthesis building blocks
The monotron's circuit is radically simple: one voltage-controlled oscillator, one voltage-controlled filter, and one low frequency oscillator. Since each knob directly applies a specific change to the sound, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and instantly understandable. The monotron encourages exploration and experimentation, and provides the joy of sonic creativity that's at the heart of analog synthesis.

The famous Korg filter
The monotron uses the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as KORG's classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi modular synthesizers. Originally released over 30 years ago, these instruments are still coveted today for their aggressive, dynamic filters. The VCF Cutoff knob sets the frequency or tone of the filter; the VCF Peak knob adds emphasis. A powerful filter is an essential aspect of any analog synthesizer, applying dramatic tonal changes to the sound, and projecting an intense personality that will stand out in any live performance.

Semi modular satisfaction
Just as on the original MS-20, the monotron's filter can be "patched into," allowing any external audio source to be processed by the monotron's filter. The input jack (AUX input) built into the monotron's compact body inserts the AUX input into the signal path right before the VCF. This provides a great way to connect a KAOSSILATOR, a keyboard, a guitar, a digital audio player or even an un-mixed track to the monotron and enjoy tone-bending filter effects.

Versatile LFO provides audio – and visual – excitement!
You can switch the LFO to control either the oscillator pitch or the filter cutoff frequency. Both LFO Rate and LFO Intensity knobs are provided. As you turn the LFO Rate knob – featuring an embedded LED – the speed of the modulation effect and the speed of the blinking LED will change in tandem. Turning this knob can add another level of impact to the sound.

Listen anywhere – alone or with friends
A miniature speaker is built into the monotron. Along with the battery operation and compact size, this feature allows you to enjoy the monotron anywhere, at any time. The ultimate in compactness, this system brings you new possibilities for performance. There's also a headphone output that you can use when creating sounds at home, for recording, or for connecting to an amplifier or PA system.

Product Specifications
Korg MonoTron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Specifications
  • Audio Path: VCO, VCF, LFO
  • Knobs: VCO Pitch; LFO Rate; LFO Intensity; VCF Cutoff; VCF Peak
  • LFO Switch: Assignable to Oscillator Pitch or Filter Cutoff
  • Controller: Ribbon Controller
  • Volume: Headphone Volume
  • Aux Input: 1/8 inch Stereo Jack
  • Headphone Output: 1/8 inch Stereo Jack
  • Speaker: Miniature internal; Disabled when headphones are in use.
  • Power Supply: AAA Alkalines (x2)
  • Dimensions: 120 x 72 x 28 mm / 4.72 x 2.83 x 1.10 inches (W x D x H) 
  • Weight: 95 grams / 3.35 ounces (without batteries)


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.
t.e. knowles from El Paso, TX
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little toy with some big sounds
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
well it is plastic, i got it not too long ago, so we will see, it is apparent that one must be gentle with it. i am going to buy a second, just for a backup.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
ok, here we go... not a big fan of the ribbon. i know they wear out over time, not so precise when you use your finger-i got a stylus (which they really should have included), and it is a lot better with that, the knobs seem like they might not hold up so well with a lot of use over time, but then again, its a 60$ analog synth. could use an ac power option and a 1/4" out.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
really easy to use. not much of a learning curve, if youve ever used a synth (even if you haven't, it's simple).
Sound
How is the tone?
SOUNDS AWESOME! the sounds you can get out of this totally make up for the cons i mentioned above, and by using it with other equipment (effects,sampler-sequencer, etc), it can be totally versatile. got it last night, today, i spent about 5 hours recording with it hooked up to a boss ps2, and some reverb, and i am liking the results a lot.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
really not too bad, but i'm sure they are making a huge profit with regards to production costs...because of the sounds (see below), i am satisfied with it, but i would have been totally happy with it if it had been about 20$ less...
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