Korg Monotron is the new Stylophone

If you played with a Stylophone when you were a kid, the new Korg Monotron is going to be right up your street. While it packs all the charm of the re

If you played with a Stylophone when you were a kid, the new Korg Monotron is going to be right up your street.

While it packs all the charm of the retro Stylophone into a really small, pocketable package (check out someone playing it), it also manages to squeeze a whole lot of brains into its shell as well.

It's a true analogue synthesiser, which is quite rare these days, and can make its own sounds as well as modify any external sound sources you fancy plugging into it.

This means you can hook it up to instruments, DJ decks or even your iPod and twist the Monotron's series of knobs and switches to bend and alter their sound.

Of course if you'd rather stick to making music solely with the Monotron itself, its ribbon keyboard will do just that, with new sounds available at every tweak of the controls.

The Monotron uses the same VCF circuit as KORG's classic MS-10 and MS-20 semi modular synthesisers, meaning you're getting the same dynamic filters of more advanced synthesisers, helping to create some really interesting sounds.

You'll need just two AAA batteries to power the Monotron, and at its pocket-friendly size, you'll be able to carry itanywhere you go for an impromtu synth session.

The Monotron will be available in May with prices to be confirmed.

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