KORG announces hand-held Monotron synth

Powered by two alkaline AAA batteries, the compact monotron can be held in one hand. Although small
enough to easily carry with you, the amazing monotron is packed with KORGs legendary analog technology,
generating thick and powerful sounds. Concentrating on the most important sound parameters, the controls
have been streamlined as much as possible. The panel contains only five knobs and one switch. With this
level of simplicity, now anyone can easily enjoy the world of analog synthesizers.


Borrowing the enjoyment of performing with a simple touch from Korgs wildly popular KAOSS products, the monotrons 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!

The monotrons 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 presetsand parameters typical of todays synthesizers. Instead, the monotron encourages exploration andexperimentation. 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 expandtheir sonic palette.

The monotron uses the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as KORGs 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.





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