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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58 Visitor comments
December 21, 2009 @ 4:28 pm
If you are considering the purchase of a Mono/Poly there's a couple of things to check first: do ALL the keyboard keys work? Are there some keys you have to press harder to make them work? If so, the keyboard contacts will need some attention. Second; are the knobs glitchy? If so, they might require some cleaning which means dismantling the whole front panel.

If everything works flawlessly, and the price is right (between $700 and $1200 these days) then go for it! It's got more features than a Minimoog, and cost a LOT less and, after 15 minutes or so, is much more stable also.
November 24, 2009 @ 5:37 pm
mine takes 10-15 mins to warm up
August 12, 2009 @ 3:36 am
This synth is also used by this band called the Helium Swamp Recordings and it sounds great coupled with numerous old retro gear such as a fender contempo, Wulitzer Piano, and an old Lowery. Cheers.
June 23, 2009 @ 5:52 am
I bought my MomoPoly when they first came out. It still works like new. I think this is a great lead synth. I get great sounds from it. I think something got lost when all the programable synths came out, it is great fun looking for new sounds because there is nothing there from the factory and this synth is the kind that you can just have a lot of fun with. It is expressive with the fat sounds one can get from 4 VCO
May 1, 2009 @ 7:26 am
Lovely synth. This guy I know from down the road casually mentioned the other day that he's got one lying around dormant in the loft. Didn't think it was worth anything. I think I'll make him an offer to take it off his hands!! Love korg synths? You might like my music - www.myspace.com/theredshiftmachine
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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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