What is KVR Audio? | Submit News | Advertise | Developer Account

Options (Affects News & Product results only):

OS:
Format:
Include:
Quick Search KVR

"Quick Search" KVR Audio's Product Database, News Items, Developer Listings, Forum Topics and videos here. For advanced Product Database searching please use the full product search. For the forum you can use the phpBB forum search.

To utilize the power of Google you can use the integrated Google Site Search.

Products 0

Developers 0

News 0

Forum 0

Videos 0

Search  

User Reviews by KVR Members for Mono/Poly

Rate & Review Mono/Poly Now!

9.00
Reviewed By Conslaw on 5th February 2013
OS: Version: 10.6
3 of 4 people found this review helpful. Was it helpful to you? YesNo

The Korg Mono/Poly is the most powerful virtual-analog soft synth that I have. The original hardware Mono/Poly was an excellent monophonic synth that was introduced at a time when poly synths were all the rage. To get some of the polysynth business, Korg enabled a polyphonic mode on the Mono/Poly where up to 4 voices could be played with one oscillator per voice and a shared filter section. This type of poly capability was half-assed and soudned like it. It was hard to fault the Mono/Poly as a monophonic synth, however. The software version cures the weaknesses of the hardware version. They polyphonic capability of the software Mono/Poly allows full polyphonic playing of what were previous 4-oscillator mono patches and there are integrated effects. Naturally, with the modern softsynth you have virtually unlimited program storage.

What kind of sounds can the Mono/Poly make? What CAN'T it make? The Mono/Poly can do imitative synthesis, including a surprisingly nice harspichord and an analog brass sound that almost sounds like real sampled horns. It's real forte is gated rhythm pattererns that would be at home in a Deadmaus track.

I usually play the various Korg Legacy synths from my laptop with the little Korg Microkey controller keyboard. I hooked the computer up to my big keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch, and it was a lot of fun controlling the Mono/Poly with the aftertouch.

Every synth has negatives, and the Mono/Poly's negatives are pretty minor. The blue panel is pretty but lack of contrast and small fonts can make it hard to read controls, and the signal flow isn't always obvious. I still get messed up in the loading and saving of sounds. I downloaded the pdf manual, but I can't say that I've spent much time looking at it. I suspect I'm not alone in this habit. It's easy to come up with a synth sound that is "too big for the mix", that is one that overwhelms the song.

Note: the Korg legacy synths including the Mono/Poly are multi-platform. I have run all of them with no problems on a Mac (Os-x 10.5 through 10.7) and Windows 7 pc. Two of the legacy synths, the MS-20 and Polysix have already made it to iOS (iPhone & iPad), so it might mean that a Mono/Poly for iOS might be right around the corner. I have the iPolysix, and I have barely touched it. I'm going to skip the MS-20 and wait for the Mono/Poly.

Overall, the Mono/Poly is a must have for most synthesizer players. Right now the various Korg legacy synths are available separately for $49 each. The Mono/Poly is well worth it.

Click here to read all 2 reviews

Discussion: Active

Discussion

7 February 2013 at 8:28pmanne5

Have you heard Howard Scarr's patches on the TimeWarp?

He has an amazing solo violin patch.....on an Arp 2600 emulation!

You can hear the string/bow noise and the actual tone / timbre is just a real violin!

Amazing stuff!

20 May 2014 at 10:39pmziggy73

Anyone has a BCR2000 preset (or knows where to download one) for this beauty? I already found presets for the other two KLC synths i have - Polysix and MS-20...

22 May 2014 at 2:40pmBlackWinny

I think it might be quite easy to create one oneself simply with the MIDI learn function of the Mono/Poly...

Please log in to join the discussion

Mono/Poly

Average user rating of 9.00 from 2 reviews

Korg
 My KVR - Version Control & Lists
Not In Your MY KVR Groups
(or group limitation prevents versioning)
122 people have added Mono/Poly to 30 My KVR groups 174 times
+25 in private groups

KVR Rank (Based on page views)

Overall: 600  409  584

30-Day: 723; 7-Day: 939; Yesterday: 2260

KVR Developer Challenge 2014