Synth Site: Elektron: MonoMachine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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sir stankz alot from middle eurrfhh writes:
i stand divided. the sequencer is awesome in a sense and illogical in another. you save track settings so to speak. that is a good feature kinda. you see if you change patterns the settings of the previous follow into the new pattern. sometimes happy accidents, sometimes not. steps and notes auto save, niiice! the features are so deep sometimes it feels overpowering and unnecessary. kinda hard to keep it on the leash so to speak. six pages of tone control. ultimately though i think i'm in love maybe the most inspiring instrument i've used.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-24-2007 at 20:01
Victorass from russia writes:
well, so many toys I had for last 10 years (Nova,Quasimidi,Jomox,Vermona,Waldorf etc) and yesterday I`ve got another one - Monomachine. At least 3 weeks I1ve been in non-stop stress situation should I buy Spectralis or not. And finally bought bloody Monomachine. Made in Estonia was my first surprise. The second was ... for 1 f@@ng hour I couldn`t manage how to change pattern. The manual wasn`t helpful. But then step by step I used to it. OK. THIS synth is funny let me see what it can do. Hope a lot -))

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-24-2006 at 06:14
SeanF a part-time user from states writes:
I think the Monomachine is a great. I have been searching high and low for a great bass sequencer and this is it as far as I am concerned. I've had the Korg EA-1 and EMX-1, and those are good, but the Monomachine is a whole different ball game. It's a well made box, with a mix of retro (good retro: buttons with seperate LEDs, not bad retro: microkorg) and modern (beautiful LCD graphic display) but it's also very well thought out and organized on how you use it. I was composing patterns in no time. It's so easy to use, there are only a few basics to learn and no tricky hidden functions only dcumented in the manual. Not having to save (system settings, sounds or patterns) prevents you from loosing those on-the-fly composing. Editing patterns after the fact is easy too. It would not be great for people who are looking for subtle easy listening sounds. The SID sounds are awesome for crunchy electro sounds. Ordering it online was quick and I had it in a few days.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-27-2006 at 02:25
jeff a professional user writes:
I think a lot of people commenting only on the sounds are missing a large part of the monomachine's appeal...the sequencer. The monomachine has the capability to sequence all of its internal machines AND 6 tracks of midi at the same time. This may not sound very amazing at first, but considering you can run an arpeggiator on every track (that's 12 simultaneous arps) and then transpose them all over the place AND sequence parameter changes with Paramter Locks on the internal tracks, this is a lot of functionality and I'm not even getting into the effects!!

Consider can take 6 machines with the same waveform, detune each one a little bit and then control them all simultaneously through multi-trig mode. If you get the SFX-6 with the joystick (its worth it!) then you are looking at some serious sonic potential here. You can program each arp independently of one another to adjust the length, skip steps, etc. You can also play patterns and then improvise on top of them with another machine.

I use Ableton Live to trigger patterns on the monomachine's sequencer. This way you still have access to all your Parameter Locks.

Seriously...if you have not explored parameter locks, multi-trig mode, and effect routing, you are missing a HUGE part of this synthesizer. The fact that the sounds can be shaped into mind-bending configurations is a nice bonus though :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-28-2006 at 08:19
So So a part-time user from US writes:
Just spent a couple of days messing about with one of these. I can't sat the build quality is very good. The sounds are fine, but this synth is way outclassed by stuff like the Z1 and Ion. The price is way over-the-top. Its fun, but not as much as stuff like the Roland V-synth. they will sell a few. It looks odd and can make some good bass stuff. There are far too many better sounding and cheaper synths out there which are easier to work with and more far.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-13-2006 at 12:36
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