This morning, Korg announced their new Monologue programmable monophonic analog synthesizer.
Monologue features a unique new synthesis architecture, a new step sequencer, micro-tuning features and more.
The Monologue’s engine starts with the synthesis architecture of the Korg Minilogue, and adds features tailored to monophonic patches. The Minilogue features a new 2-pole VCF with added ‘bite’, according to Korg, and an all-analog Drive circuit.
The LFO rate can be adjusted into ultra-high speeds to generate new timbres, or switched to one-shot mode to act as an additional envelope.
Each location in the Monologue’s 100 program locations (80 preset + 20 user – all editable) can retain its own 16-step sequence, including motion sequence automation. The Monologue’s sequencer also adds a dedicated button per step for added ease of editing. It features motion sequencing with editing, and the ability to choose from smooth or stepped parameter capture for added rhythmic possibilities. The sequencer also offers on-the-fly transposition via key triggering.
The Monologue not only shares the same brushed aluminum top panel, wood back panel and chassis-mounted rubberized knobs as Korg’s Minilogue, but also the same ease of use. Unlike the Minilogue, though, the Monologue comes in five colors: silver, black, red, blue, and gold.
In addition to factory scales, the Monologue offers microtuning capabilities never-before-seen on an analog synthesizer in its class. It has 12 user-savable scale locations and provides the same self-tuning circuit as minilogue, for solid, well-tempered tuning.
Monologue features a 25-note keyboard, using the same keys as the Minilogue, laid out E to E. The OLED display features an oscilloscope that lets you visualize your sound in real-time.
The Monologue can run on 6 x AA batteries or with an optional 9V adapter. In addition to 5-pin In/Out and USB MIDI, the Monologue includes Audio Sync connectivity, which allows it to play in time and integrate seamlessly with Korg volcas, electribes, minilogue and SQ-1.
Korg Monologue Video Intro:
Korg Monologue Audio Demos:
Korg worked with Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) on the microtuning support. He worked as an advisor for the implementation and also offered scales, sounds and sequences as part of the factory presets.
Players can not just to use these Aphex Twin-created scales, but also create their own scales.
Pricing and Availability
Korg’s Monologue will be available for pre-order starting November 1, 2016, for US $299.99, with an in-store date of January 9, 2017. To learn more visit the Korg website.
Korg Monologue Specifications:
- Keyboard: 25 keys (Slim-key, velocity sensitive)
- Sound Generation: Analog synthesis
Program: 100 programs (80 Presets / 20 Users)
Each program includes microtuning and sequence data settings
- Main Synthesis Parameters:
VCO1: Wave (Saw, Triangle, Square), Shape
VCO2: Octave, Wave (Saw, Triangle, Noise), Sync/Ring, Pitch, Shape
MIXER: VCO1, VCO2
FILTER: Cutoff, Resonance
EG: Type (A/D, A/G/D, G), Attack, Decay, Int, Target (Pitch, Pitch 2, Cutoff)
LFO: Wave (Saw, Triangle, Square), Mode (Fast, Slow, 1-Shot), Rate, Int, Target (Pitch, Shape, Cutoff)
- Sequencer: 16-step monophonic sequencer
Motion sequence can be used on up to four parameters
- Microtuning: 32 settings (20 Preset tunings / 6 User scales / 6 User octaves)
Each setting can be set the key.
- Controls: 23 dedicated panel controls deliver immediate parameter access
A slider can control different parameters for each program
- Display: Real-time OLED oscilloscope provides visual feedback of parameter changes
Headphones (6.3mm stereo phone jack)
Output (6.3mm monaural phone jack)
Audio In (6.3mm monaural phone jack)
Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack)
Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack)
USB Type B
- Power Supply:
AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6
Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional)
- Battery Life:
Approximately 6 hours (using alkaline batteries)
Approximately 8 hours (using nickel-metal hydride batteries)
Power Consumption: 2.5 W
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 350 x 276 x 76 mm / 13.78″ x 10.87″ x 2.99″
- Weight: 1.7 kg / 3.78 lbs
- Color Variations: Silver, Black, Red, Dark Blue, Gold
- Included Items:
AA alkaline battery x 6 (for verifying operation)
AC adapter (DC 9V)
Sync Cable SQ-CABLE-6