The Korg Mono/Poly Synthesizer

Vintage synth guru Marc Doty takes a look at the Korg Mono/Poly – a “mono-polyphonic” analog synthesizer manufactured by Korg from 1981 to 1984.

“It’s like playing 4 cheap synthesizers at once,” said Vince Clarke about the Korg Mono/Poly.

Features include 4 VCOs with tuning, footage (16, 8, 4, 2), waveshape (triangle, saw, pulse-width, and pulse-width modulated), and amplitude.

The main drawback of the Mono/Poly is that the 4 VCOs shared one common VCA and VCF envelope. Other drawbacks are its chipboard construction on the base and sides of the unit and the rubber contacts under the keyboard tend to wear over time, resulting in dead keys.

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