Korg Monotron Duo

Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

  • Two individually tunable analogue oscillators (VCOs)
  • Cross modulation circuit from the KORG mono/poly
  • Ribbon controller keyboard with Scale Select
  • Original analog filter circuit from KORG models MS-10 / MS-20
  • AUX input
  • Integrated speaker and battery operation
  • Headphone output
  • Dimensions: 120 x 72 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 95 g
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  • Vco 1
  • Vco 2

Further Information

Number Of Keys 1
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Amount of simultaneous tones 1
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface None
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects None
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
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Fun little synth with personality

Knickstick, 04.12.2013
The Monotron Duo is a cool little box with plenty of fun sounds in it. Just don't expect too much from it. Adding a second oscillator and an x-mod to the original monotron design provides more cool sounds and possibilities. The filter is the same and sounds very juicy and breaks up really nicely at extreme resonance settings. Plus, you can use the filter to mangle any outside source you plug into it too! This is a real analog synth, so it sounds very alive and a little unpredictable.

I feel that it's a bit of a mix between a toy, and effect box and a real instrument. The filter, the oscillators and the sound are great, but a couple of things prevent me from taking it too seriously. Firstly, the little ribbon keyboard is pretty hard to play if you want to play melodies with it. The second thing is the noisy output, leaving a moderate amount of hiss to everything coming out of it.

I'd describe it as a cool gadget that can add spice to your music, or be fun to just play around with and create all sorts of weird and wonderful sounds. Can't beat the price considering it's fully analog!
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Korg monotron duo

30.12.2014
I've had this monotron for over a year now and I still use it and it still functions perfectly.

Handling: It takes a while to get used to it, you really have to be a knob twidler so to say. But once you know the controls you can get the most amazing sounds out of it.

Features: I still discover new sounds from it, it is amazingly versatile. I use it in combination with a pedalboard which opens even more options.

Sound: The speaker inside the monotron is decent, not great but decent. It really shines when you plug some speakers in, it's like a new world opening.

Quality: I was a bit scared at first, it's all plastic but after using it for this long it really is quality made. Everything still functions great, not even some scratching when turning knobs, everything still goes smooth.

The monotron is great fun, especially if you're into weird synth sounds.
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