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1 November 2016: KORG announces new monologue analogue synth

Posted by CMI Music & Audio on 2 November 2016
1 November 2016: KORG announces new monologue analogue synth

KORG announces new monologue analogue synth

Next-generation monophonic analogue synthesiser in a vivid five-color lineup.

The monologue is a 25-key, fully programmable monophonic analogue synthesiser with a voice all its own. While sharing its sleek layout, knob-per-function workflow and high-quality construction with the best-selling minilogue, monologue is a truly unique new synth for all types of musicians; featuring new voicing and sound sculpting abilities at an amazing price. The monologue's completely new filter, modulation, drive, and LFO can generate powerful basses and sharp leads, creating awesome mono sounds that showcase its single-voice design. The step sequencer has also been dramatically expanded, allowing more intuitive and more complex editing. With a lineup that gives you a choice of five eye-catching colors, this compact instrument has a strong personality to match your own.

Highlights:

  • Analogue synthesiser with all-new synthesis structure optimised for amazing monophonic sounds and sequences
  • Fully programmable, with 100 program memories (80 presets included)
  • 16-step sequencer with extensive motion sequence technology to make your sound move
  • Microtuning lets you freely create scales and alternate tonalities
  • Oscilloscope function helps visualise the waveform in real time
  • Battery-powered for portability
  • Rugged and stylish with aluminum top panel, chassis-mounted pots, rubber-coated knobs, and real wood back panel
  • MIDI, USB MIDI, and Audio Sync for all types of in-studio and live connectivity, including direct sync with minilogue, SQ1, volca, electribe, and more
  • Five colour variations that will shine on stage or in the studio

Redesigned monophonic analogue circuitry

The monologue contains monophonic analogue synthesiser circuitry that builds on the circuitry of the minilogue. But that doesn't mean that the monologue is simply a one-voice model of the minilogue. It's a monophonic beast with stunning power that comes from a redesigned envelope section, modulation routing, and a filter with powerful low-end punch.
The keyboard section features the acclaimed slim keybed of the minilogue and the MS-20 mini. To make monologue a synth that any musician can immediately pick up and play, the keyboard covers the EE range of notes - just like a guitar or bass.

Fully programmable

The monologue goes beyond analogue synths in its price range by adding 100 preset locations. Select a program for instant access to great sounds - - ranging from thick basses to deep subs to brilliant cutting leads and even percussive sequences. No need to have deep synthesis knowledge; just choose a sound and tweak - a workflow that is very familiar with musicians today. Built-in programs provide 80 preset sounds and sequences made by creative artists around the world including legendary electronic artist Aphex Twin, plus 20 user locations for saving custom sounds. In addition, the Sound Librarian lets you manage your program data.  (Available for download at a later date.)

16-step sequencer for highly-evolved motion sequences

The step sequencer of the monologue has been significantly enhanced to deliver musical, complex rhythms that are easy to capture, see, and edit. It supports both real-time recording with overdubbing capability as well as step recording that lets you record simply by pressing keys in the desired order, and you can also use the 16 physical buttons for quick editing or for improvisatory performance. The motion sequence function lets you record up to four knob movements to apply time-varying change to the sound, and allows you to record not only continuously changing values as on previous models, but also values with step-wise variation. Since it's designed to let you create different sounds at each step, you can make unprecedented sequences, such as a sequence that generates a drum pattern from a single program.
There's also a key trigger function that lets you play back a sequence while you hold down a key, and even transpose it. Another new function is slide, which can be used to produce smooth bass lines by specifying portamento for each step.

Microtuning lets you freely create scales

Music has long been restrained to equal-temperament scales, and today, very few machines support microtuning. The monologue has a set of factory tunings and well as 12 user slots and is compatible with MIDI Tuning Standard 3Byte messages.

Oscilloscope visualises the sound and sequence

The OLED display will show the waveform in real time as you sculpt your sound. Visual feedback is both educational and entertaining, and represents a first on a hardware synthesiser. The monologue offers motion view that visualises the value levels for the motion-sequenced parameters. "See" your motion sequence as it happens.

Battery-powered analogue

Unlike most analogue synthesisers in its class, the monologue can operate on batteries. Even if you're a hardware performer who uses numerous units, you won't need to worry about providing additional power supplies and installation space.

Sync with Audio Sync

In addition to 5-pin In/Out and USB MIDI, monologue includes Audio Sync connectivity, which allows it to play in time and integrate seamlessly with KORG volcas, electribes, minilogue and SQ-1. Use the monologue with your DAW as either a USB MIDI controller or a versatile analogue voice.

Five brilliant colours

The monologue is available in five striking and vivid colours. In addition to the same aluminum silver as the minilogue, the lineup also includes black, red, dark blue, and gold. Choose a colour to complement - or be the highlight of - your setup!

KO-MONOLOGBK
BLACK

KO-MONOLOGBL
BLUE  
KO-MONOLOGGD
GOLD
KO-MONOLOGRD
RED
KO-MONOLOGSV
SILVER


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Author: CMI Music & Audio
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