August 20, 2013

How To Install A MIDITribe In A Korg Monotribe

These days, electronic components are small.  They keep getting smaller as we figure out more ways to be products with less room available to use.  The smallest thing that is out there is perhaps a central processing unit for a computer – and these require sophisticated machines to build them.  Without such technology, we would be unable to cram so much into a computer tower or even a laptop.  With devices like a mixer, controller, or MIDI instrument, basically everything is controlled using a processing unit on a printed circuit board.  These boards and be small or large, but most of the time they are smaller than they really need to be.  This is done so that they can be form fitted into whatever box they are being installed into.

Making repairs to a board of this size can be difficult for amateurs who want to test their soldering skills …


November 29, 2012

The Borgatron – A Korg Monotron Hacked Into A Gesture Synth

The Korg Monotron is one of the better examples of a cheap analog synth that can be treated like a toy by amateurs, and used as a complex piece of machinery by enthusiasts at the same time.  In the past, we’ve seen the Korg Monotribe (similar to the Monotron but with the addition of sequenced drums) being used in conjunction with other Monotribes to produce some pretty cool riffs.  For those who are trying to get into the realm of synth produced music – the Monotron is a gentle stepping stone that provides enough functionality to show you the basics.

The reason why this little instrument is still favored by experienced by hardcore synthesizer users, is that it is cheap enough to be hacked and modified to do other things, and you won’t be set back too much if you end up breaking things.  In this video clip above, SolarisBorgatron …


January 21, 2012

Korg Booth at Namm 2012

Korg just seems to chug along at a very pleasant pace these days. So many announcements fill the year for them and it is easy to overlook the quiet additions to their many lines of staple products. This year, however, it looks like Korg used NAMM as an opportunity to show off updates for many of these.

Notably, on display were the recently released Monotron Delay and Monotron Duo. If you haven’t considered the devices in the Monotron family of pocket-size, analog ribbon synthesizers; they really are worth picking up. They are built with the same VCF circuits as the MS series of analog/ semi-modular synths Korg released in the late 70′s/early 80′s and sound great. The DUO offers a second oscillator for wide detuned and chorused sounds. This makes the DUO fantastic for generating synth solos and dissonant effects. The DUO also borrows the cross modulation, “X-MOD,” from the classic Mono/Poly. …