Korg Mono/Poly

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A cool analog monophonic/polyphonic from Korg. It has 4 VCO's which can be shared in 4-voice Polyphonic mode, or linked in Unison for a versatile monophonic lead. Each VCO has its own level, tune, and waveform type control. Waveforms include triangle, sawtooth, variable pulse wave. It has a great VCF (filter) section as well as 2 envelope generators (one for the oscillators and one for the filter). There are also 2 individual LFO's which can be used to modulate the Pulse Width, envelope and Arpeggiator independently.

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A very flexible and fun synth. Other cool tricks up its sleeve include chord memory and an effects mode in which oscillators have a variety of ways to be synced. The built-in arpeggiator and sequencer can run all 4 VCO's at a time or cycle through each voice per note! There's also portamento, CV/Gate, VCF and VCO mod inputs, white noise generator, and the pitch/mod wheels can be assigned to control LFO, pitch or the filter. Its sound quality is nice and very Korg. This synth is used by Hardfloor, Tangerine Dream, The Orb, 808 State, Juno Reactor, Megaton Matt Haines, Freddy Fresh, and the Chemical Brothers.

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The Korg Monopoly (part 1)
Audio Clip 1 A few arpeggio loops that display both the range and quality of this synth's sound, and its functionality, from the Future Music CD, issue 51.
Audio Clip 2 Various patches and sounds from the Mono/Poly, from the Future Music CD, issue 51.


Polyphony - 4 Voices
Oscillators - 4 VCO's: triangle / sawtooth / PWM
LFO - 2 LFO's w/ individual rates
Filter - VCF, VCF ADSR
Keyboard - 44 keys
Arpeg/Seq - YES (with very cool effects)
Control - CV/GATE and CV Filter
Effects - Chord Memory
VCO sync / modulation
Date Produced - 1981