Here’s a video review of the Korg Monotribe that answers a lot of these questions, and offers a lot of great audio previews of the analog groovebox. Nick at Sonic State runs the Monotribe through its paces, testing out all the basic features, but also testing out some more bizarre things that you’ll have to watch the video to appreciate.
Are You Going To Buy A Monotribe?
The big question in my mind is still whether Synthtopia readers are going to snap these things up.
The Monotribe can make some pretty wicked sounds, but it occupies an unusual middle ground. It’s not really a music toy, but it also doesn’t have some key features that a lot of synth freaks want from a synth.
I expect that just about every Synthtopia reader is going to look at the Monotribe and wish it had just one more feature, whether that’s 16 steps for the sequencer, a better keyboard, MIDI support, CV inputs, individual outputs or control options for the drum voices. Some of these may be options through Monotribe mods or hacking.
Korg may have been smart, though, to avoid a ‘kitchen sink’ design with the Monotribe.
A lot of great music has been made with an 8-step sequencer and an analog synth and limitations can force you to get creative. And adding a bunch of ‘pro’ features might have pushed the Monotribe into a price range where Korg simply couldn’t efectively market the device.
What do you think? Are you interested in getting a Monotribe?