Richard D James, AKA Aphex Twin, has had a hand in the synth's design
Korg has announced the launch of a new monophonic analogue synth called Monologue.
The 25-key synthesizer shares many of its design features, such as its slim keybed, with Korg's existing polyphonic analogue synth the Minilogue, but has an all-new synthesis architecture (2x VCO, 1x VCF, 1x EG, 1x VCA, 1x LFO). It's fully programmable, with 100 program memories. 80 of these come loaded with presets, some of which were designed by no less a personage than Aphex Twin. The latter has also played a part in developing example sounds for the synth's innovative microtuning system, which will let you create musical scales of your own devising.
There's a built-in 16-step sequencer, an OLED oscilloscope and MIDI, USB MIDI and Audio Sync ports - the latter allowing you to hook it up direct to other Korg boxes - and it's available in a choice of five colours: black, red, silver, dark blue and gold. You can read the full spec sheet here.
Powered by 6x AA batteries or optional 9V mains adaptor, the unit measures 350x276x76mm and weighs just 1.7kg. It's available from January, priced around $300.