Cheap-as-chips analogue oscillators in pocket-sized boxes, each with a ribbon controller and built-in speaker. The original monotron features LFO and VCF controls, the monotron Duo adds a second oscillator whilst the monotron Delay adds a great - if fairly simple - delay section. They also feature a classic Korg MS-10/MS-20-style filter, which you can feed external sounds through. All three are irresistibly fun.
The monotrons are very basic, but you can get a surprising array of sounds out of them given the price and limited controls.
Value for money:
It’s hard to fault genuine analogue sounds for so little money, although it might be worth shelling out that little bit extra for a monotribe or one of the Volcas. That said, the filter alone is probably worth the price.
Small, fiddly and fairly limited. The output can be fairly noisy too.
Those looking to dip their toe into analogue waters without spending too much money.45 Stars
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