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Korg monotron Ribbon Synthesizer

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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. Used in a band, you can expand your possibilities by harmonizing with another instrument – or taking center stage for a monotron solo!
1VCO, 1VCF, 1LFO – Modular synthesis building blocks
Block Diagram
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. Simple is best. Gone are the deep lists of presets and parameters typical of today's synthesizers. Instead, the monotron encourages exploration and experimentation. The monotron provides the joy of sonic creativity that's at the heart of analog synthesis, making it an ideal choice for someone who is new to synthesizers, or for musicians who wants to expand their sonic palette.
The famous Korg filter
MS-20 (1978)
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.
Versatile LFO provides audio – and visual – excitement!
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 your live performances.
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.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: Knob, LFO, Ribbon
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Knob, LFO
LFO: 1
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches RAM: 1
Case: Desktop
Case Details: Ribbon Keyboard
Controls: Knobs, Mod - Ribbon, Switches
Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.72 x 2.83 x 1.10
Weight: 3.35 oz
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 1/8"
Inputs: ⅛"
Power: 2 x AAA Alkalines
Year Released: 2010
Year Discontinued: 2015
Used By
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MSRP List Price: $70 - convert
Retail Street Price: $49 - convert
Used Price: $25-%40 - convert

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