MESSE10: Palm-Sized Analog Synth

Korg announce the monotron battery-powered synth featuring MS-10 and MS-20 analog filters      24/03/10
MESSE10: Palm-Sized Analog Synth

Korg say that they are offering every musician the ability to enjoy analog synthesis with the all-new monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer. Here's the rest of what they have to say...
Powered by two AAA alkaline batteries, the compact monotron can be held in one hand. Although small enough to be easily carried, the monotron is packed with Korg's legendary analog technology to generate thick and powerful sounds, plus a true analog filter with audio input.
The unique ribbon controller keyboard borrows from the enjoyment of performing with Korg's popular KAOSS products. Simple finger motions can produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide. When used in a band, the monotron can harmonize with another instrument – or take center stage for a monotron solo.
The monotron's circuit is radically simple: one voltage-controlled oscillator, one voltage-controlled filter and one low frequency oscillator. The controls have been streamlined greatly – the panel contains only five knobs and one switch. Each knob controls a single function, so the process of sound creation is intuitive and instantly understandable. The LFO knob is even equipped with an LED that blinks at the same rate as the LFO, offering a convenient visual cue. With this level of simplicity, anyone can easily enjoy the world of analog synthesizers.
The monotron uses the same highly acclaimed VCF circuit as Korg's classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi modular synthesizers. Originally released over 30 years ago, these instruments are still coveted today for their aggressive, dynamic filters. Just as on the original MS-20, the monotron's filter can be "patched into," allowing any external audio source to be processed by the monotron's filter. This provides a great way to connect a KAOSSILATOR, guitar or digital audio player to the monotron and enjoy tone-bending filter effects.
The Korg monotron is an ideal choice for anyone who is new to synthesizers, or for musicians who want to expand their sonic palette.
Pricing and Availability:
The Korg monotron will be available August 2010 with an MSRP of $85.00 More information:

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Kaux    Said...

I guess you could safely say they are testing the market to re introduce real analog synths... dont you think?

Nice little product

24-Mar-10 08:11 AM

pinahl    Said...

Dang! Korg must have bought out the rights to the Gakken SX-150!!! Unoriginal Alert... Just check ebay...

24-Mar-10 10:42 AM

Brian from USA    Said...

I doubt Korg would have to rip off Gakken...actually this idea goes back to pAiA's Gnome of the 70s or even the Stylophone...

24-Mar-10 11:47 AM

pinahl    Said...

Buying the rights is not ripping off... Microsoft adds new functionality to Windows with products they either licenced or purchased outright. If you look at the controls on the Gakken and the Korg, they are arranged almost 1 to 1... Quite unlike the gnome (lots of knobs) and the Stylophone (volume only).

24-Mar-10 12:18 PM

Peter Kadar    Said...

A real analog MS series filter?


I guess the synth is a nice little extra ;)

24-Mar-10 05:27 PM

DBM    Said...

Can't wait to see some one rip two or three of these apart and build a kick ass DIY in to their MS20 usb controller .

24-Mar-10 06:17 PM

coloring pad    Said...

I will be ripping this open and I will be modding it.... good fun awaits.

24-Mar-10 07:06 PM

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