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  • 1 monotribe
  • 6 rechargeable AA batteries (installed)
  • 1 power supply plug (optional)


Keyboard => Ribbon controller keyboard
Sound Generator => Analog synthesis
VCO => Waveshape (Saw, Triangle, Square,); Octave Range (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2,); Noise Generator (Amount); Key Range (Wide, Narrow, Key)
VCF => 12 dB/Oct Low Pass Filter; Cutoff (Frequency); Peak (Resonance)
VCA => Gain knob: EG Select (Decay, Gate, Attack)
LFO => Rate (Speed); Intensity (Depth); Target Switch (VCO, VCF, VCO+VCF); Mode Switch (Fast, Slow, 1-Shot); Shape (Saw, Triangle, Square, Sample&Hold)
Drums => 3 parts, discrete analog, drum roll
Sequencer => 16 steps; Volume Automation capability added to the synth part; Active Step can be set for each part; Link Sequence function
Audio Input => 3.5mm / 1/8 inch stereo mini-phone jack
Audio Output => 6.3mm / 1/4 inch stereo phone jack (unbalanced)
Headphones => 3.5mm / 1/8 inch stereo mini-phone jack
Sync In Jack => 3.5mm / 1/8 inch stereo mini-phone jack
Maximum Input Level => 20v
Sync Out Jack => 3.5mm / 1/8 inch stereo mini-phone jack
Output Level => 5v
Power Supply => AA/LR6 alkaline battery (x6); AA nickel-metal hydride battery (x6); Optional AC adapter (DC: 9V)




Fun submitted by bfields on October 27, 2012, 6:33am The same little ribbon keyboard as the monotrons, but with more bells and whistles. (And higher quality output--I didn't notice the annoying hiss that the monotrons all have.) Includes a simple drum machine and 8-step (16-step for the drums) sequencer.

Fun, and not hard to get started with (though a look at the manual will probably help!).

(Also, note: if you also check out the Bliptronic 5000, and have a couple cables with male miniplug cables on both ends, you can try to sync the two. I could only get it to work well with the monotron set at an extremely low tempo and the Bliptronic at one of its highest. But the results could be kinda fun.)

Great copact production instrument submitted by duedatebeater on September 30, 2015, 10:21am Despite it' small size, the built in drum machine makes the Monotribe a really useful tool for one instrument production. The sync inputs can be used with other Korg instruments like the Volca series, as well as anything with gate in or out ports. I've also had success playing the audio generated by a virtual metronome from my PC to the sync input to synchronize the Monotribe with a DAW. Main fall point is the lack of MIDI input, it's really hard to accurately play melodies on it.

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Language: English
Format: Tools