Korg monotron DELAY Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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March 7, 2012Music Background:
Musician, Rec Engineer
Too much fun!!Too much fun in a handheld analog synth for anyone! Very cool sounds, 1/8 inch headphone and aux ( I hooked in up to my car stereo on the way to work today!) Will try and hook it up to my guitar rig tonite. Very addictive!!!
from Venice, Florida USA
February 23, 2012Music Background:
Another cool product from KORGThanks to A.J. Peterson for being there to always make a smooth sale. KORG monotron delay = awesome little noise box. That about sums it up.
March 18, 2013Music Background:
Mini Monster!This thing is a blast. It's a mini sound FX monster. It's basically like having the soundtrack to Forbidden Planet in a box the size of a large smart phone. It's also quite amazing just how much variation you can get, given the minimal controls. Build quality is also surprisingly good. The creaky plastic case and wiggly knobs I expected before purchase are both pleasantly absent.
As far as the audible output hiss, yes, it is definitely there, but I don't see it as a negative at all. It adds a nice dirty, grungy quality to the sound that somehow "fits" this little guy. It also add a lot of character to the delay feedback in its own right. In fact, having grown up listening to LPs and cassettes, I find the hiss brings back good memories of my youth. I also see the multi-octave ribbon as a plus, considering this box's obvious dedication to bizarre sound fx. It allows really beautiful and dramatic cascading note effects that really fit the character of this particular memeber of the Monotron series.
The only real complaint I can level at this device is that the built-in speaker is not up to the task. Low notes are nearly inaudible and the speaker buzzes and distorts when you get to wild with the delay feedback. Not a huge deal, as I plan to run this through my mixer and powered monitors 90% of the time, and a good set of phones or buds takes care of the issue for on-the-go use.
As in the past, dealing with Sweetwater was a pleasure. Excellent communication via phone and email, fast shipping, and even a handful of candy in the shipping box. You can't go wrong with Sweetwater. Thanks, guys!
Now of Korg would only grant my wish for a Monotribe Plus with two oscillators, a dedicated S&H section, and two 16 step tracks for the synth section...Ah, well...
from drexel hill, PA
March 14, 2013Music Background:
the cherry on top!i have all three monotrons and the monotribe and each one is hours of awesome fun on their own as well as hooked up together. yes the delay does add some noise to the signal, but the analog delay on this thing negates any complaint. wicked awesome delay adds depth and dimension to any sound going thru this. did i forget the cuttoff filter... another added bonus! buy it!!
from Plumas Lake, CA USA
February 14, 2013Music Background:
Beat Maker, Recording Engineer
Great Delay!I bought this just to have a smaller Korg synth and was blown. With the sound effects you can create with it. This small synth is so much fun.
Jesse H. Gross
from Missoula, MT
November 16, 2012Music Background:
A lot of fun.This is a fun little piece. It does need to be used in tandem with other gadgets, otherwise it is just a noise maker. A super fun noise maker though it is.
from Tampa Florida
March 26, 2012Music Background:
Mixing and Mastering Engineer, Producer, Studio Recording Artist, Songwriter
Sorry for the DELAYAwesome little piece of equipment, I mainly use it for Song Intros for Live gigs... works perfectly, just wish that you could set the Time of the delay or the Rate to a set BPM... that my only wish. But still, it's worth it, just to play around if nothing else. In fact, my son won't stop playing...
February 20, 2013Music Background:
Monotron DelayLove this little machine. Since starting it up fresh out of the box a month ago, it's been my little noisy companion. The device is small enough to go anywhere, anytime, and the headphone jack lets you create sounds in my own private audio space.
Rated 3.5/5 because the output isn't balanced super well—the signal can be really soft or really hot depending on how the parameters are played with. Self-oscillating maxes the output and really distorts the signal, which isn't necessarily a bad thing once you learn how to control the unit.
I tried running my keyboard through the input to play with the delay and filter, but was disappointed to find that the signal clips at a very low level.
The worst thing is the noise level compared to the actual line signal. It's not necessarily noticeable running through the built-in speaker, but through headphones or running to an amp or recording interface, the incessant hiss is kind of annoying.
Still, this is a great little analog noise toy that's a cheap and fun way to mess around with sound! Lots of fun features for a compact and cheap device, but not even close to something that's 'studio quality.'