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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Fine synth, only tooled around with one a friends practice space -- made cool Dr. Who space noises, VCO's are your friend..

What I really wanted to say is: Chirst you guys write some excellent detailed reviews, you're obviously quite smitten with the ol' MonoPoly, too bad I don't own a newspaper or something I'd have to offer you a job... (hehe)


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-27-2000 at 13:13
whizzkid a professional user from outahere writes:
Hmmm... Reviews seem to differ a lot.

Well, i simply can't imagine why there're so many freaks who spend 2 hours on a synth and then tell you it's crap... That's very very stupid indeed.

I've owned my MP for almost 2 years now and i'm really satisfied with it's performance. I'm not going to repeat what others have already said and to list it's features, i just want to post my comments on it's sonic power. I believe it's one of the best monosynths out there. In every aspect. Many of you say it's not fat/warm. That's not true. No, it doesn't give the immediate satisfaction that a moog does. It may be a reason of moog's popularity, because you have to be a genious to make a moog sound thin or boring. Anyone can tweak some pots on a moog and get that classic warm lead or punchy bass. It's idiotproof. Now turn to a monopoly. At first sight it seems to be a monster knobular machine, so you might expect terrific sound from this box. You turn it on and... oh no, it's thin and plain. very uncovincing. you play with knobs and it still sounds plain. oh, of course there're pretty cool FX, but that's not what you expected to have, you'll prefer a 2600 or an MS20 for that stuff any day. And you're about to get rid of the one... wait! This was my first impression. I really wanted to discharge that crap next day. and on the third... but i was wise enough to hesitate. On the fourth day i discovered a gold mine. What a rich palette of sounds... anything you name it. But it's unlikely that you make a good sound by accident. You have to know exactly what you're doing. Monopoly hates careless attitude, it will aslways sound thin if you treat it like a moog. Knowledge comes with experience. You must be especially careful when setting levels of VCOs, no other synth is SO delicate in this aspect. That's a way to create some really beefy basses and leads. PWM is also worth taking care of. I used to be a collector of monosynths and now have a mini, a 2600, an MS20+MS50, an odssey and a Prophecy and also have access to new-generation analog synths like ATC-1, Pulse or nord modular. I sold my Pro-one and sh-101. Only MP and minimoog do compete in terms of sonic power. If you compare them one by one, without any processing, mini will win easily. But who the hell listen to a single monosynth in a song? Even in a pretty basic arrangement one can make the MP to produce leads or basslines identical to those of a moog. I made this experiment myself and recoreded a Monopoly + guitar + bass drums rock song and took it to a seasoned rec engineer for evaluation. He assured me that the bassline in the begining and the lead came from a mini! So why the hell spend a thousand bucks on a thing which can be outperformed by cheaper equipment? Yes, the mini is overrated... uhmm, overpriced, that sounds better. And it's indispensible, sort of. And I will never sell mine. But if I was forced to have only one monosynth it would be the monopoly. With the monopoly you have warm sound, 4 VCOs, good modulation routings, quite a flexible architecture, and even 4-note polyphony for some basic chords! And what does a mini have besides the remarkable sound? Yes the sound is the main point for a synth, but any sane person will agree that the sound of a mini is not 3 times better than that of a MP (unlike the price). Modern analogs are good and far more flexible and offer more control over the sound, but if I was to pick the best non-modular non-midi vintage analog monosynth the monopoly would be it. Period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-27-2000 at 09:51
James K. a part-time user from USA writes:
I don't understand how anyone could label the Mono/Poly as "boring"? This strikes me as very odd--sure, the M/P may not be to your tastes... but BORING???? Flexibility in modulations and routing of the two MG's (LFO's) are one of its strong points. The SSM chips in this thing kills, and the filter sounds great. Plus, you can modulate the pitch/sync/filter by the mod wheels (one which is routed to MG2) for more craziness... What about the multiple sync options? What about the choice of triangle/saw/PW/PWM waves on each oscillator? What about the bass compensated SSM filter that resonates at 7? Multiple triggering options? Variable (and negative) filter envelope amounts? The ability to modulate PW by env/MG1/MG2? These are only the things that come immediately to mind.

If this is boring I want to know your definition of an exciting synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-25-2000 at 13:37
WES from us OFa writes:
well, if you can't get any decent sounds out of this beast your not trying! this thing kills on a variety of levels. the first two times i was able to borrow one over the years, i really did'nt have a clue but now that i own the one i was borrowing it has been a rude awakening indeed! as much fun as an MS20 but totally different and an excellent companion. i'm finding a huge range of sounds that are expressive as hell. if you find one, buy it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-23-2000 at 22:10
NUBEY a professional user from USA writes:
Not to diss, but my model one Pro-one (with j-wire keyboard) will eat a mono/ploy alive in terms of bass, dunno why you favor the mono/poly maybe it's a preference, but my pro-one sounds a whole lot thicker than my friends *(my old) mono/poly. Hey I too think they're great boards, but I feel they're a little over-rated too, much rather have a trident2 IMO, great for efx, the modulation is great as mentioned before, they seem sturdy too, much much better than a poly6 or those yucky poly 61's and after, true VCO's make all the difference in the world, be warned though it's not a Jupiter/Oberheim/Moog thick it's a little thin for VCO's but it's a great board, I just didn't have space any more for the monster.

4 marks of 5, they're good but just not great, hope that seems fair.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-02-2000 at 19:22
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