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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
The Monopoly is excellent but as you say Nico, it does run rather hot.. this is weird as it seems to use the same PSU as the Polysix which has less ventilation and runs cool despite having more circuitry/oscillators/filters etc to deal with.. anyway winter is coming and you`ll be glad if that then (;-).. One point to note.. the keyboard rubber membrane contacts are no longer available in the UK so if they go it`s time to rack it (:-(. Still worth a 5 tho

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Nico Boseck a professional user from Alaska,USA writes:
I haven't had this long but I must say it holds up well in the lab even with stellar synthes including MULTIMOOG, Prophet 5, Pro 1. I picked up this classic out in the valley from a rapper who wasn't interested in anything nonmidi(!)

One Question: Does this machine run pretty hot? After an hour my back panel is cooking but all function continue to work...I even like some of the 4 voice poly patches, which the purists seem to dis...

The bottom line for all ANalog FreQs: THIS MOTHER ROCKS !!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
I`ve only had a Mono/Poly for a few months and have come to regard it as one of the finest Monos. the flexibility that four oscillators give is awesome even though the tuning controls are too fine. useless as a polysynth but that poly mode gives probably the best setup for arpeggiation. just set the four oscillators for different waveforms/footages/volumes, set the arpeggiator to full range and the keyboard tracking to max and crank up the resonance. Amazing timbral effects as the Arp` cycles thru the oscillators!. the cross Mod DOES give one hell of a sound as Andy says, just experiment. the SSM filter is verrrry warm and huge sounds can be created with ease. the wheels are assignable so no probs there too. reliability is high due to a lack of memories and therefore no battery to leak and wreck the PCBs (big bugbear on the Polysix, the MP`s Poly Brother). Parts availibility is better than you think, the Polysix is based on the same setup but with 6-filters/eg`s etc and scrap P6`s should be plentiful due to the aforementioned battery disease, the Keyboards rubber membrane contact things (and the keys) are the same as the Polysix as well as the awful Poly-61. Down Sides?, not many.. The Mono/poly can be a bit TOO smooth sometimes and the LFO`s can get tied up running the Arpeggiator and the PWM (the Polysix has separate LFOs for PWM, Arpeggiator and normal duties), also there is no LFO delay pot, a useful facility missing from most late Analogs but it IS present on the Polysix (so no excuses??).. These are very minor gripes and the MP is less of a compromise than most others, within a week of getting the Mono/Poly, I sold my Pro-1........ says it all really

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Mohorific a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Totally rocks. If you don't like it, you haven't spent enough time with it to get deep into the wide range of CRAZY noises it can make. I'll never sell mine. Got it used for 250 bucks!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
Gifford Brown a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've had mine for years, and although it's now a bit battered I just can't seem to part with it. One of the oscillators is defunct, and the latch to the arpeggiator won't unlatch once triggered. But pile all the working oscillators together (the 3 that's left) and it's still the fattest

bass sound around. Any ideas on DIY repairs and where to get the spares? A new rubber keypad would also be helpful, as it seems to perish easily

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:43
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