A monophonic synthesizer styled after the Minilogue that was released earlier this year. The Monologue brings a fully programmable analogue mono-synth in a range of colours. This is looking pretty cool.
They are calling it the “next generation” in synthesis, although I’m not entirely sure why. It’s modelled on the Minilogue featuring the same technology, controls and that wonderfully dynamic little screen. However, Korg say that its voicing and sound sculpting abilities are totally unique. It has a new filter, drive, modulation and LFO. The step sequencer has also been expanded for deeper editing.
The physicality gives you an aluminium top with chassis mounted pots, rubber coated knobs and real wood side panels. Along with MIDI and USB on the back there’s also Audio Sync and direct sync to other Korg gear such as the SQ1 and Minilogue. I found the Minilogue form factor to be just a little odd – the Monologue hangs together much better to my eyes. It does, however, have that annoyingly slim keyboard. There’s also no patch points or other CV/Gate functionality which for me would make it “next-generation”. However, in comparison, the Arturia Mini and Micro-Brutes are looking a little shabby.
It has room for 100 presets 80 of which have been designed by that magic collection of famous sound designers that pop up with every new synth. There will be a software editor coming along soon. There are other cool things like microtuning and battery powering.
The video below and sound examples on the website paint a very powerful picture of this little mono-synth. And the best thing is the price – $300 – wow.
More information on the Korg website.