Korg Mono/Poly

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A cool analog monophonic/polyphonic from Korg. It has 4 VCO's which can be shared in 4-voice Polyphonic mode, or linked in Unison for a versatile monophonic lead. Each VCO has its own level, tune, and waveform type control. Waveforms include triangle, sawtooth, variable pulse wave. It has a great VCF (filter) section as well as 2 envelope generators (one for the oscillators and one for the filter). There are also 2 individual LFO's which can be used to modulate the Pulse Width, envelope and Arpeggiator independently.

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A very flexible and fun synth. Other cool tricks up its sleeve include chord memory and an effects mode in which oscillators have a variety of ways to be synced. The built-in arpeggiator and sequencer can run all 4 VCO's at a time or cycle through each voice per note! There's also portamento, CV/Gate, VCF and VCO mod inputs, white noise generator, and the pitch/mod wheels can be assigned to control LFO, pitch or the filter. Its sound quality is nice and very Korg. This synth is used by Hardfloor, Tangerine Dream, The Orb, 808 State, Juno Reactor, Megaton Matt Haines, Freddy Fresh, and the Chemical Brothers.

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57 Visitor comments
Erik
August 12, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
The filter is unique. Before it self-oscillates, the resonance somehow sounds separate from the meat of the signal. It's pretty strange and maybe not preferable to some people. Add a little bit of saturation or something else to sort of combine the signal and it sounds great.

It's tempting to stack all 4 oscillators, but it still sounds so good using only 1 or 2. It does bass very well, and I don't understand people who say otherwise. Are they're talking about the software version? Try a saw and triangle an oct lower. Need more fat? Add another saw. This thing sounds killer.
Nate
August 6, 2013 @ 9:53 pm
This is a very strange synth with tons of modulation capabilities. The knobs are everywhere and the arpeggio is quite different, as all voices can be modulated. Even with all the capabilities, I never really enjoyed playing this synth. I would spend tons of time on it, but somehow it didn't sound nearly as good as my Korg Poly6. The sounds were thin and tinny sounding; it just wasn't for me.
LiesAllLies
July 31, 2013 @ 7:55 am
Would you believe some random stranger paid me £3000 to take their Mono/Poly?

No, I wouldn't either. I hate the ridiculous fantasies that people write in the comments section.
WaveMix
June 22, 2013 @ 11:52 am
Just loaded up the KORG Legacy VST to use with Ableton Live, and already I am having a lot of fun. The VST version also has an automatic "audition" feature which plays basic patterns so that I can select or test patch modifications. Sure beats paying > $3000 for a used, though probably the VST version is not as good as the real one.
Sean
April 25, 2013 @ 7:58 am
I have one of these babies in 1982 when they first came out through a freind cheap :¬) massive sound ! You can get some really funky sounds in rythm from them if you set the unit to poly and use the Arp with different waves set on each VCO, first ever wave sequencing :¬) ! sync and x-mod are great, worst thing I did was sell it ! :¬( Korg do a VST Plugin which is meant to be VERY close to the Original !!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 Voices
  • Oscillators - 4 VCO's: triangle / sawtooth / PWM
  • LFO - 2 LFO's w/ individual rates
  • Filter - VCF, VCF ADSR
  • VCA - ADSR Env
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - YES (with very cool effects)
  • Control - CV/GATE and CV Filter
  • Effects - Chord Memory
    VCO sync / modulation
  • Date Produced - 1981

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