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
monopuls
February 28, 2011 @ 9:09 am
the best i ever head - hard and punchy
very good for fast sequences and arpeggios
Alex E
November 7, 2010 @ 1:33 am
This was also used by MGMT in "Electric Feel" for the flute sound that repeats in the background during the chorus.
Solstice
August 3, 2010 @ 4:37 am
Also used by Vince Clarke/Depeche Mode (Wikipedia)
axel
April 24, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
the sound samples provided are a very lame representation of what this synthesizer is capable of. they only capture about 2%. i just got one....it's absolutely crazy in every good way. definitely need to get used to using 4 oscs though..it's very different than just 2 which most of other synths have. adding 2 more really changes the sound
Son of MooG
April 24, 2010 @ 9:28 am
This was a longtime loan and i learnt a lot about sound-design. As polysynth it's useless (only one filter,like the Poly800) and sounds indeed thin, but as a 4osc-Monosynth it blew me away. It was the perfect (Mono)compagnion to my Juno-6, and when i had to give it back, only a Minimoog seemed to be suitable, which i couldn't afford. So i bought my first digital synth, a DX 100, that opened the door to a new sonic universe.
 
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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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