Korg monologue Analog Synthesizer - Gold

25-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, with 2 VCOs, 1 VCF, 1 EG, 1 LFO, and 16-step Sequencer - Gold
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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 MONOLOGUEGD

Customer Reviews

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Great Sounds

The Korg Analog Synthesizer is way too much fun! I usually have to wait in line to play it, cause my kids beat me to it. They are having a blast creating new sounds, and figuring out how to add them to their music. Shipping was prompt and extremely well package...I am sold on Sweetwater!

Blown away by what will become a classic!

I purchased my first mono analog synth when I was 13 years old. That was 44 years ago. I loved its size and the sounds were never ending. Just had this gem for a week now. I love its small size yet larger than "mini" keys that seem to be on every small Synth on the market. The design of this synth is breathtaking and for $, a steal of a deal. My first workstation was a KORG T1 88 key. I now own a KronosX 88 key keyboard. There are the many iOS KORG apps that are a phenomenal value. I'll try to keep this short, so, the filters, oscillators, envelopes, LFO and tuning scales with the easiest and most flexible 16 step arpegiator couldn't be better at any price. The factory presets are good, but I like to write my own, so the ability to store and name your own presets is very appreciated. The layout and even the submenu edits are very simple to access. This is a great keyboard to use as a controller for all your iPhone, iPad synths. The volume on this thing I have not turned past 2 is wow, watch your ears. The other thing regarding ear protection is this synth is habit forming. I find a sound that I love that leads me to another sound I love even more and it just goes on and on. This is a gift for only $299. No wonder I named my license plate "KORG BOY 20 years ago. That car and tags are all gone, but my love for KORG, has not. So, just to be useful, there is a brand new update to version 1.1, also a librarian for my mac, but no editor yet, although there is for Windows? I thought Mac alway's came first, but I still have a way to store my presets and do the update which takes seconds not minutes. Last of all, finally a synth I can keep forever. With it being so small, I'll never have to move it out of my studio for more space. I purchased the Gold color and am very happy with that color. The sounds that can be made through this very small mono analog synth are not only made out of gold, but worth its weight in gold. Great job, KORG and of course my sales rep, Ryan Wiltermood at Sweetwater. He is more than amazing and has been my one and only rep to purchase music gear for the last five or six years. Well, what are you waiting for?
Music background: Extensive and yes I am close to sixty yet majored in music forty year ago.

Great monosynth for the price with some limitations

It's really a beautiful synth with equally attractive design and layout. Although somewhat limited in tonal possibilities for analogue , it still exceeds software in depth and grit. The tone is very smooth and is a great way to integrate analogue into dull DAW synth parts. Usually it operates flawlessly, but after couple of hours it seems inevitable that it needs to be restarted occasionally to overcome glitches like note holds and tuning issues. I'd say that for an analogue piece of gear, it is actually pretty solid since all analogue gear does this in some way. Upon restart, the autotune works great and the custom microtuning is very cool. The filter automation and LFOs are fantastic and smooth. This unit is also nearly "auditory click" free. This is a major issue with softsynths and it feels safe use really short attack and decay times with the monologue without all the pops. I only wish it have more filter types. Having only one lowpass filter setting can feel limiting. The Monologue is also a great tool to create custom analogue percussion. From snares to kicks to hi-hats, this can do it all and the VCO noise is pleasent and extremely useful. The distortion drive is very smoothing and not brittle. I often find the drive is the final touch for getting the harmonics to sit in the mix. The oscillator display is no joke and is an awesome feature. I really love the audio input feature. If you turn down the local VCOs, the monologue becomes a powerful analogue filter for VSTs. This is really an underappreciated feature! Almost worth the price simply as a midi keyboard with an amazing filter and assignable knobs. The sequencer is cool, but does have some limitations. It maxes out at one bar and doing deep edits requires memorizing un-intuitive menu clicking. The menu structure and sequence editing is probably the most annoying feature and the sequencer buttons seem to be frustratingly cheap. At times it simply does not respond to clicks and requires quick more deliberate punches rather than simple depressions. You do get used to it, but the buttons can at times be unpredictable. Overall, this is a great synth for the price! The limitations are necessary to meet this price point. Another success for Korg.
Music background: Professional Musician and Producer
See also: Korg, Korg Synthesizers