Monolab 1210 from Superlative is probably the most stylish little synthesizer I’ve ever seen. It’s beautifully laid out with a deeply confident ease.
The full details are going to be available in June but from the photo, we can see the clarity of design in full flow. It’s a single oscillator mono synth with a number of selectable waveforms. I like the knob-within-a-knob approach that gives you octaves and fine-tuning on one and waveform selection and PWM on the other. The filter section lets you bring in noise and a sub-oscillator which is then normalled to the VCA.
All those sections have multiple modulation opportunities provided by the second row. It’s where we find the LFO, envelope, noise and Sample & Hold sections. The LFO has a useful Delay control and the ADSR envelopes can be gated or looped and turned into an LFO.
There are some very cool touches like multiple outputs at certain points, the Mix input, and the envelope inverter. This looks like a very well-thought-out little synth. It can also be powered from the SB01, which reminds me, whatever happened to that?…
Well, after a quick rummage, I can tell you that we first saw Superlative at Superbooth 2019 with the Space Bee SB01, its take on the Roland SH-101. That was funded on Kickstarter the same year, but the synthesizer has not yet reached the hands of any supporters. Superlative says it’s hoping to ship after the summer. Hopefully, the journey of the Monolab will be a lot smoother.
- Superlative Monolab: Gearnews