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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ingo Roemling a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I read about "heat problems" of the Mono/Poly, but I can't really agree. Yeah, it gets warm, but not hot. The OSC's are not very stable in tune, and my unit needs about 5 Minutes to warm up and tune up. It triggers nicely via CV, and every day there's a new sound coming out of this wonderful machine. I paid about $400 for it, but I won't regret it. One warning: The keyboard is really crap! I'm not a hard player, but some keys loose function more and more... sigh...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-21-1999 at 14:41
Mohorific from the molten core of the earth writes:
I agree with FREQUENCY's post- get a MIDI->CV converter for your Mono/Poly; it opens up a whole new world. The Mono is cool because not only can you control the pitch from the CV input, but also the VCO FM input. If you control the pitch via the CV input, the keyboard disengages, the oscillators are forced into UNISON mode, and you cannot transpose. If you control the Mono via the VCO FM in, you lose portamento capabilities, but you are able to transpose on the fly, as well as sequence in CHORD MEMORY/POLY modes. One cool thing that I have done is control the pitch of the Mono from my Korg Trinity with the CV input, then, using another output on my Doepfer MCV4, I route the aftertouch of my Korg Trinity into the VCO FM in. This enables you to play the Mono (from your MIDI keyboard) just as you normally would, except when you press hard to get some aftertouch, the pitch of the Mono wildly fluctuates in steps. It sounds kick ass!! You've got to try it! I'll say it again- I love the Mono/Poly. It is awesome.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-21-1998 at 14:28
JB a part-timer user from England writes:
I used to have a mono/poly and I liked it so much more than the SH101, MC202 and Pro-One that I had at the same time.

I found a feature on mine that made it sound particularaly good, there was a point between two of the LFO waveshapes that caused the LFO to run at incredible speed, using this as a modulator on pitch and/or filter cut-off created some beautiful clangy timbres. Maybe it happens to them all. Was it just mine that ran at a suprisingly high temperature?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-20-1998 at 10:34
frequency a professional user from u s a writes:
After owning a MONOPOLY for only a few weeks i was astounded to accidentally come across a serious a bleeps and sounds that were so very familiar, after a little bit of fine tuning ad speeding up the lfo and adding some negative envelope generator , then turn up the resonance, and low and behold >>>------------>>> R 2 D 2, seriously, the sound was so close. you have to use the arpegiattor in poly mode to trigger every osc once. i have a kenton pro 2, and its the bomb, i can either play and sequence my MONOPOLY , monophonically, but you get to go to lower/higher octaves with the KENTON, and you can also send incredibly smooth pitch bends and sequence them 2. The kenton makes the MONOPOLY that much fatter, you can even select the speed of the pulse to trigger the arpegiattor making possible some incredible effects especially with the freq mod and x-mod. I l o v e this synth, its definately a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-19-1998 at 00:59
Austin Powers a part time user from U.S.A. writes:
I liked it more than the ms-20, this machine is awesome, if only for the brightly colored button that turns the sound from dr.jeckle to mr. hyde

truly killer sound from a small package

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
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