Powered by two AAA alkaline batteries, the compact monotron can be held in one hand. The unique ribbon controller keyboard borrows from performing with Korg''s KAOSS products. Simple finger motions can produce expressive effects such as vibrato and glide. When used in a band, the monotron can harmonize with another instrument or take center stage for a monotron solo.
The Monotron''s circuit comprises a voltage-controlled oscillator, a voltage-controlled filter and a low-frequency oscillator. The panel contains only five knobs and one switch. Each knob controls a single function. The LFO knob is equipped with an LED that blinks at the same rate as the LFO.
The Monotron uses the same VCF circuit as Korg''s classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi-modular synthesizers. The monotron''s filter can be “patched into,” allowing any external audio source to be processed by the monotron''s filter.
It will be available August 2010 with an MSRP of $85.