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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:40 am

Uncle Screwtape wrote:
elsongs wrote:2. "Rather than going from C to C octaves though, this new instrument is laid out from E to E so that guitarists, bassists and other musicians always have quick access to a low E note"

Dude, basses with more than 4 strings go down to low B. Low E ain't low enough!
:lol: Why not just come out and say "Since we think you guitarists can't find an E without putting it at the end, we moved it two spaces to the left for ya. ;) "
I think something got lost there between engineering and marketing. Starting on E just means you can play the full range of the line without dicking around with the transpose button all the time. Marketing decided that concept required too much brain.

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by Hybrid88 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:23 pm

Well those Volca VS renders were like high school Photoshop so not exactly surprised there. Brings up the question though, what are they doing with the VS technology? Seems a reboot of some kind would make sense especially the lack of Wave synth on the market.

Monologue, yeah not bad, not sure I need one but it looks like a pretty cool toy to have. The name is interesting, wonder if we'll get the Shakespeare edition with "TB or not TB" 303 patches :lol:

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:39 pm

Apparently Mr. D James was an advisor:
http://pitchfork.com/news/69473-korg-an ... n-presets/

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by pflosi » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:30 pm

Yes, I guess that's where the microtuning is coming from.

Still no word about envelope behaviour...

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:56 pm

madtheory wrote:Starting on E just means you can play the full range of the line without dicking around with the transpose button all the time. Marketing decided that concept required too much brain.
Of course, there are times when youre not playing bass lines on an E chord. Optimizing the board for E over other chords and keys wouldn't be an issue if it just had 37 keys ...then you have two octaves in any key.
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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:06 pm

Very true- so marketing are trying to spin a disadvantage into an advantage.

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by KBD_TRACKER » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:19 pm

I sense a sonic affiliation between the Monologue and the Monotribe (the filter ?) ...
But for those who are disappointed, look at it this way:

2011, Monotribe, about $300
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2016, Monotribe "upgrade": Monologue $300
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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by clubbedtodeath » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:50 pm

Real shame it doesn't have a resonant high-pass filter, like the MS-20. But Korg make odd choices. For example the MS-20 has a full-size, 3-octave keyboard, but the KARP Odyssey does not. It has one designed to be played by midgets, or 3 year olds*. Why Korg, why?

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by Synthacon » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:01 pm

It doesn't sound that great for the money. I'd rather get a used BS2.
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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by Broadwave » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:11 am

I've decided on the Minilogue, it may well be twice the price, but I think it offers more than twice the sonic "Ommph".

Someone mentioned a problem with the envelope triggering behaviour? I believe you can get round it by setting Portamento from "Off" to "0" - I think I heard about it on a Sonicstate video. I'll confirm it when it arrives.

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by pflosi » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:33 am

The envelope bug I'm talking about has nothing to do with portamento. It is about the retriggering.


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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by ian » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:17 am

Geez, seems like Korg put out a pretty cool mono synth for $300 ( which means even cheaper once it hits the streets) ... Glass half full or glass half empty?

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by zmd » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:18 am

meatballfulton wrote:It's all about price points...they don't have anything today in the $300 space. If this sells, maybe an $800 Maxilogue?
Or a matrixlogue?
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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by Bitexion » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:02 am

Nice to get a red synth that isn't a Nord.

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Re: Korg Monologue

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:52 pm

pflosi wrote:The envelope bug I'm talking about has nothing to do with portamento. It is about the retriggering.
Supposedly the portamento setting takes care of that (I sold mine long before somebody figured it out so I can't confirm).

Time will tell how the Monologue handles it.
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