Behringer is stacking up the production lines with the MonoPoly to follow the 2600 that has just been rolling off into boxes. Looks like it’s going to be a busy Christmas for synths – but still no price.
I really liked the look of this one when they revealed its existence with a good looking and good sounding video back in May. They’ve built it as an instrument similar to their Poly D version of the Model D synthesizer which, for me, makes it more interesting that the Eurorackable format they’ve released the Neutron, Pro-One, Cat and other synths in.
The MonoPoly has a more unique look, it has a different vibe and offers a slightly different take with its 4 multiwave oscillators and paraphonic 4-note polyphony. Behringer has added some pulse width modulation and detuning across the oscillators and also an “effects” section which is all about cross-modulation and sync rather than things like delay and chorus.
Behringer says that as with the 2600 they are still working out the price based on how much it takes to produce plus a bit of profit margin. I guess once they’ve produced a bunch they’ll have a better idea. The Poly D which is a very similar synthesizer in terms of size and complexity is currently going for £629. It is quite extraordinary that you can buy a 4-voice Moog Model D clone in a wooden case for so little money. I imagine the MonoPoly will be similar.
So given the choice this Christmas would you opt for the 2600 which people are guessing will retail for somewhere between £600 to £800 or the MonoPoly at probably nearer £600? Different machines though which means you’ll probably need to buy both.