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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Havah
June 23, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
P. from Chromeo says that this is one of his favorite and most used synths. It's used for monophonic leads on many of their songs.
iambic9
June 17, 2011 @ 12:49 pm
The "estimated value" should be updated on the page. I've seen "as-is" units selling for $1,600. In working condition I see them selling anywhere between $2,200 to $3,200 on ebay. Don't rely on the information here if you are buying or selling.
Mark
May 22, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
This is y all time favorite synthesizer. I don't have a real one, but the Korg Legacy Collection (2007 analogue edition) has this built in and it's very faithful to the original sound from what I can tell.

I personally prefer this over the mini moog or even the ARP 2600 because it's so accessible - it really was built for musicians.
Josh
May 21, 2011 @ 3:21 am
The Mono/Poly is also used by Psyche you can it on the music vedio the songs Maggot and uncivilized
Steve Conslaw
May 6, 2011 @ 10:54 pm
I only got to play with the hardware version for a few minutes in the store back in the day, and I wasn't really impressed. I recently got the software version in the Korg Legacy Collection. (Now avaiilable for $49.00 from Korg directly as of late 2010), and I have to say that first impressions are misleading. For me, the Mono/Poly is the most fun of the Legacy Collection synths - digital or analog. The fatness, the auto-rhythms, the effects. . . tremendous. Although the hardware version didn't do poly really, the software version has a full polyphonic mode. - Weak point eliminated!
 
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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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