Korg monologue Analog Synthesizer - Black

25-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, with 2 VCOs, 1 VCF, 1 EG, 1 LFO, and 16-step Sequencer - Black
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This is Why Synth Fans Love Korg

The Korg monologue puts rich, vibrant analog synthesis in your hands for an amazing price. Its engine is similar to the acclaimed minilogue analog synthesizer, with updated voicing and a 2-pole VCF that's optimized for monophonic bass and lead tones. The powerful 16-step sequencer is perfect for creating classic acid-style basslines and more, and you can transpose your sequence just by pressing any key on the 25-key mini-keybed. Factor in micro tuning, per-step parameter lock for the sequencer, and the ability to save 100 programs — the Korg monologue analog synthesizer is an impressive monosynth indeed.

Much more than two oscillators and a filter

In classic Korg fashion, the monologue starts with two oscillators and a handful of waveforms, plus waveshaping, Sync, and Ring Modulation capabilities. The built-in OLED oscilloscope shows you the results of your sound-shaping — very cool. The oscillators feed into a 2-pole filter designed specifically for the monologue, optimized for mono bass and leads. Three envelope shapes along with Attack and Decay controls provide a wide range of creative options, allowing you to create evocative pads and soundscapes in addition to rock-solid bass and lead sounds.

Analog Drive circuit adds sonic intensity

Distortion is a powerful sonic tool, and the monologue's built-in analog Drive circuit is the perfect thing for creating synth sounds that come alive. Add a bit of sizzle or full-on fuzz, it's your call. At moderate levels, the Drive circuit can add a definite sense of punch and impact without sounding overly distorted — try it on some percussion-type sounds and you'll see what we mean.

Lots of options with this LFO

The monologue's LFO section can achieve faster rates than the LFO in the Korg minilogue, and you can assign it to Pitch, Shape, or Filter Cutoff. The 1-shot LFO mode allows for creative envelope-like shaping. Two selectable LFO rate ranges allow for a vast range of modulation options.

Fully programmable analog synthesis

If there's one thing synthesists at Sweetwater love, it's knob-per-function programmability, and the monologue delivers. And while it's easy enough to shape your sounds on the fly, monologue allows you to save up to 100 programs for instant recall.

Micro Tuning and custom scales

Korg's monologue allows for separate tuning per-note, opening up the colorful world of micro tuning. Use it to emulate subtle detuning to full dissonance. And beyond the factory scales, you can save up to 12 of your own custom scales. And when you're not experimenting with alternate tunings, monologue's self-tuning circuit maintains well-tempered tuning no matter how long you play it.

Powerful 16-step sequencer with parameter locks

Creating sequences on the monologue is intuitive, and you can transpose your sequence at any time simply by pressing a key — very cool for live performance. As you'd expect from Korg, the monologue also lets you record motion sequences to capture knob movements. And by popular demand, monologue's sequencer allows for per-step parameter locks, which means you can set parameter values on a per-step basis.

Made to integrate easily with your band

Thanks to its smart keybed layout, the Korg monologue is easy to fit into a band setting. The 25-key mini-keybed ranges from E to E, instead of the common C to C. This lines you up with traditionally-tuned guitars and bass guitars, making it easy to hit low bass notes in tune with your bandmates.

Perfect for your Korg ecosystem

The monologue offers Audio Sync to connect with Korg Volcas, electribes, minilogue, and the SQ-1 sequencer. MIDI In/Out is present too, along with USB MIDI, making the monologue equally capable as a standalone synth, an element in your hardware synth rig, or as a MIDI controller for your DAW.

Built to perform, with metal chassis and rugged knobs

The curved aluminum chassis gives the monologue reassuring durability — once you get your hands on it you'll know it was made to perform. Even better, the knobs are mounted to the chassis instead of directly to the underlying circuit boards. You normally wouldn't expect to find these features on such an affordable synth, making it a serious value for any performing musician.

Korg monologue Analog Synthesizer Features:

  • Analog monophonic synthesizer with built-in 16-step sequencer
  • Save your own sounds for instant recall (ships with 80 factory presets plus 20 user locations)
  • VCO 1 offers Saw, Triangle, and Square waveforms, with waveshaping
  • VCO 2 offers Saw, Triangle, and Random waveforms, with waveshaping, Sync, and Ring Mod
  • 2-pole VCF is optimized for monophonic bass and lead sounds
  • Three Envelope Generator modes allow for creative sound shaping
  • LFO ranges from very slow to very fast, with a 1-shot mode for envelope-like modulation effects
  • Analog Drive circuit adds subtle punch and intensity to full-on distortion
  • 16-step sequencer with per-step parameter lock for creating complex, animated sequences
  • Sequences can be transposed on the fly by pressing any key
  • 25-key slim keybed, E to E for ease of use in a band setting
  • Supports Micro Tuning, with 12 user-savable scale locations
  • Auto-tuning circuit maintains rock-solid tuning stability, even when playing for hours
  • Can be powered via 6 x AA batteries or optional power supply

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Synth action, slim-keys, velocity sensitive
Polyphony Monophonic
Number of Presets 100 programs (80 factory, 20 user presets)
Oscillators 2 x VCO (square, triangle, sawtooth), 1 x LFO
Effects Types Analog Drive distortion
Sequencer 16-step
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Audio Outputs 1 x 1/4" (audio out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
Other I/O 2 x 1/8" Sync in/out
Features Micro Tuning, OLED oscilloscope screen
Power Supply 9V DC power supply (sold separately) / 6 x AA batteries
Height 2.99"
Width 13.78"
Depth 10.87"
Weight 3.7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MONOLOGUEBK

Customer Reviews

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Korg Monologue

I've really loved this synth since it has arrived! Sounds great and incredibly easy to use. Sweetwater also did a great job safely shipping it to me in a timely manner. Very happy with my purchase!

Amazing little synth

Pretty great little synth, the sequencer has nothing lacking. Great signal flow layout, easy to use and a great range of sound generation, the adsr function isn't really explained well by the symbols, but it's all there. Build quality is the good, although an all metal case may be a bit too much to ask for for such a great price. Highly recommend!

Big synth in a small package

Korg packed a whole lot of sound in a small footprint. Their factory-installed preset patches are fun to play around with, but not essential for experienced synth users. They help any user regardless of experience understand the depth and power this little powerhouse offers. Open an blank initial present patch. Twist a few knobs. Flick a few switches. You will be off the main highway and into some great side roads of sound before you know it. I probably should take a 1/2 star off for not supplying an adapter. I had to do some research and make sure I was getting something compliant. I'll save you some time, buy the Korg Volca Power Supply. I gave it the full 5 stars, because it is such a solid little instrument that exceeded my expectations. Its battery powered capability is cool too. I brought this little tone monster to band rehearsal this week with a case and a 1/4" instrument cable - BAM! That's it. Instant growling synth lines and bass that felt like it would set off car alarms a block away. The drive knob is serious on this little bad boy! The 16 step sequencer is cool too. I'd love more steps, but maybe that is in the works on a future product from Korg. The analog tone and synth layout is serious and worth the price alone on this unit. The ability to digitally save and recall presets make this little synth very user friendly and a joy to play. Also, the key bed is much better than the Arturia Microbrute. The tone of the microbrute is great, but the keys are difficult for a piano player to come to terms with. Also, you can't keep track of all of your wild ideas on the microbrute as it has no digital preset capability. For the same $ as the Minibrute, it was in my best interests to buy the Korg Monologue. I have no regrets.

No manual read

Also, this little synth is so easy to use that I didn't even need to look at the manual. It's all really self-explanatory and dope.

Can't be beat

Been working with this since I opened the box a week ago. This little synth just can't be beat for the price. It sounds incredible. The presets are a little lame, and the videos on the Internet do not do it justice. If you're looking to do bass lines, this is amazing. The filter is great. It's not as extreme as the MS20 filters, and not as cool-sounding as the Moog, but it's still a very nice design. The modulation can get you a lot of mileage with a very simple interface. The ring mod on VCO2 is really good. It's very helpful that it shows the relative tune in cents. Sometimes, with the ring mod on the MS20 you get a good setting but can;t really bring it back. Oh, having the ability to save presets is great as well. Also, it's super easy to use. I had 80% of it figured out in less than an hour. Over the next couple of days I had pretty much every feature down. The little step sequencer is really cool. It's not the be-all end-all, but it's so cool to be able to write little riffs without setting up a sequencer or a recorder.
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