After the success of the critically acclaimed Korg Minilogue, the release of the Monologue was eagerly anticipated; a compact monophonic synth from the same family tree. As a more portable alternative, the Monologue has been redesigned to maximise the space on the small unit. Set in an attractive black chassis with a vintage feel reminiscent of the Minilogue, it certainly looks the part! It also features the popular oscilloscope function which allows you to view waveforms in real time. This is quite rare for a synth within this price range and is useful for learning about sound design, as well as adding to the retro look and feel of the unit.
Underneath the hood, it features circuitry taken from the Minilogue that’s been tweaked and reimagined for a monophonic sound. It’s been loaded with 80 presets, which are overwritable, as well as an additional 20 memory slots to give you some space to come up with your own sounds. In terms of the sound itself, the Monologue sounds strikingly fat and warm, with a load of depth in the low end. It’s very responsive and each sound has a lush thickness to it that’s a testament to Korg’s engineering.
It has a broad range of parameters and despite it being fairly small, Korg have managed to fit in everything that you’d expect, along with a couple of extras. The pitch control is a welcome addition to the norm and allows for fine tuning. Along with this, the 16-step sequencer is of high quality and is really versatile, allowing slide and variation through up to 4 knob movements. Its compact keyboard is also great fun to play and feels strangely natural for a set of keys that size.
Not to be considered a downsized Minologue, but instead a force in itself, the Monologue is an advanced, well-built synth that sounds as good as it looks. With a huge range of sounds and a warmth that can only be found in analog units, the Monologue is a great choice for anyone looking for a compact synthesizer with a huge sound.
The monologue is a 25-key, fully programmable monophonic analog synthesizer with a voice all its own. While sharing its sleek layout, knob-per-function workflow and high-quality construction with the best-selling minilogue, monologue is a truly unique new synth for all types of musicians; featuring new voicing and sound sculpting abilities – at an amazing price. The monologue's completely new filter, modulation, drive, and LFO can generate powerful basses and sharp leads, creating awesome mono sounds that showcase its single-voice design. The step sequencer has also been dramatically expanded, allowing more intuitive and more complex editing. With a lineup that gives you a choice of five eye-catching colors, this compact instrument has a strong personality to match your own.
Analog synthesizer with all-new synthesis structure optimized for amazing monophonic sounds and sequences
Fully programmable, with 100 program memories (80 presets included)
16-step sequencer with extensive motion sequence technology to make your sound move
Microtuning lets you freely create scales and alternate tonalities
Oscilloscope function helps visualize the waveform in real time
Battery-powered for portability
Rugged and stylish with aluminum top panel, chassis-mounted pots, rubber-coated knobs, and real wood back panel
MIDI, USB MIDI, and Audio Sync for all types of in-studio and live connectivity, including direct sync with minilogue, SQ1, volca, electribe, and more
Five color variations that will shine on stage or in the studio
Redesigned monophonic analog circuitry. The monologue contains monophonic analog synthesizer circuitry that builds on the circuitry of the minilogue. But that doesn’t mean that the monologue is simply a one-voice model of the minilogue. It’s a monophonic beast with stunning power that comes from a redesigned envelope section, modulation routing, and a filter with powerful low-end punch.
The structure is 2VCO, 1VCF, 1EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the same distinctive circuits as on the minilogue (such as the wave shaping that shapes the overtones of the oscillator, and a sync/ring switch), the filter section uses a two-pole filter to deliver aggressive sound. Newly featured is a drive circuit that adds overtones and distortion to the sound, letting you generate fat basses and sharp lead sounds to your heart's content. The LFO rate can be adjusted into an unprecedentedly ultra-high-speed range to generate crazy space-shattering sounds, or switched to one-shot mode to act, in a sense, as an additional envelope.
The keyboard section features the acclaimed slim keybed of the minilogue and the MS-20 mini. To make monologue a synth that any musician can immediately pick up and play, the keyboard covers the E–E range of notes - just like a guitar or bass.
Fully programmable. The monologue goes beyond analog synths in its price range by adding 100 preset locations. Select a program for instant access to great sounds - - ranging from thick basses to deep subs to brilliant cutting leads and even percussive sequences. No need to have deep synthesis knowledge; just choose a sound and tweak - a workflow that is very familiar with musicians today. Built-in programs provide 80 preset sounds and sequences made by creative artists around the world including legendary electronic artist Aphex Twin, plus 20 user locations for saving custom sounds.
In addition, the Sound Librarian lets you manage your program data. (Available for download at a later date.)
16-step sequencer for highly-evolved motion sequences. The step sequencer of the monologue has been significantly enhanced to deliver musical, complex rhythms that are easy to capture, see, and edit. It supports both real-time recording with overdubbing capability as well as step recording that lets you record simply by pressing keys in the desired order, and you can also use the 16 physical buttons for quick editing or for improvisatory performance. The motion sequence function lets you record up to four knob movements to apply time-varying change to the sound, and allows you to record not only continuously changing values as on previous models, but also values with step-wise variation. Since it's designed to let you create different sounds at each step, you can make unprecedented sequences, such as a sequence that generates a drum pattern from a single program.
There's also a key trigger function that lets you play back a sequence while you hold down a key, and even transpose it. Another new function is slide, which can be used to produce smooth bass lines by specifying portamento for each step.
Microtuning lets you freely create scales. Music has long been restrained to equal-temperament scales, and today, very few machines support microtuning. The monologue has a set of factory tunings and well as 12 user slots and is compatible with MIDI Tuning Standard 3Byte messages.
The power of microtonal music is evident in the work of Aphex Twin, who has come onboard as advisor for the implementation and also to offer scales, sounds and sequences as part of the factory presets. All players are encouraged not just to use these Aphex Twin-created scales, but also to create their own scales and explore their own world of frequencies.
Oscilloscope visualizes the sound and sequence. The OLED display will show the waveform in real time as you sculpt your sound. Visual feedback is both educational and entertaining, and represents a first on a hardware synthesizer. The monologue offers motion view that visualizes the value levels for the motion-sequenced parameters. “See” your motion sequence as it happens.
Battery-powered analog. From smooth curves to muscular straight lines. The stylish visuals featuring aluminum and wood are inherited directly from the minilogue, but have been modified to a straight, direct design that bespeaks the power of a monophonic instrument. In spite of its stout construction, the compact and light-weight body is only 1.7 kg / 3.78 lbs., providing an unprecedented combination of toughness and portability.
In addition, unlike most analog synthesizers in its class, the monologue can operate on batteries. Even if you're a hardware performer who uses numerous units, you won't need to worry about providing additional power supplies and installation space.
Sync with Audio Sync. In addition to 5-pin In/Out and USB MIDI, monologue includes Audio Sync connectivity, which allows it to play in time and integrate seamlessly with KORG volcas, electribes, minilogue and SQ-1. Use the monologue with your DAW as both a USB MIDI controller or a versatile analog voice. Send clock over USB and use Audio Sync to chain monologue’s clock to other Audio Sync-equipped products.
Five brilliant colors. How do players choose the devices they use in the studio or on stage? Performance and sound are obviously important, but don't forget that a device is a reflection of the player. In other words, it must have a personality that you can instill with your own character.