Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Two New Monotrons - DUO & DELAY

KORG appears to be introducing two new monotrons, the monotron DUO and the montron DELAY.  What's in a name?  Well everything in this case.  The monotron DUO will sport an extra oscillator for super-thick analogue tones and the monotron DELAY will have... well a built-in delay of course.  It appears that KORG has taken the original monotron concept and taken it to it's two most logical extremes making one monotron specialized for fat, musical, analogue tones, and making another for spacy sci-fi sound effects.

What is most exciting to me is it looks like the DUO at least has the option to trigger fixed-pitches in either chromatic, major, or minor scales.  This is exciting because anyone who has tried to play the original monotron as a musical instrument as I have (see the post below) as opposed to simply as a noise-maker will attest to what a challenge it can be to find and stay on pitch with the little beast.  The monotron DELAY looks like it may not have the fixed pitch option which makes sense as it appears to be geared more toward noise and sound effects side of things.  Needless to say I will be purchasing both.

I am glad to see KORG expanding its analogue-line of synths.  I can't wait for them to come out with a dedicated analog drum machine and also a microKORG like poly-synth.   I would even hazard a guess that KORG at some point may recreate its legendary mono-synth the MS20 in miniature form, as it did with its software controller for the original KORG Legacy Collection, but this time instead of it being a simple controller for software it will be an actual true analogue mono-synth.  One can dream anyway.

Korg Monomania Sound Contest - Monotron As Lead Synthesizer

What is old is new again. This is my entry into the monotron Music Category of KORG's Monomaina Sound Contest. Long time readers may recognize this as a shortened version of my video from last year and the third most viewed video on my YouTube channel "Monotron As Lead Synthesizer". I'm still rather proud of this one considering what gear I used and how quickly I put it together.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

So73 "A Farewell" - Ebow, Reverend Warhawk & Squier Jaguar Bass

'A Farewell' is the second song on "The Way We Feel" available now on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Bandcamp along with other online retailers.
This song features Ebow playing the melody line, my Reverend Warhawk electric guitar and Squier Jaguar Bass playing their parts and the Vox AmPlug AC30 and Bass as amps.
Cameras used were the Canon S3 IS, Canon S95, & Digital Harinezumi 2++.
All recording and video editing done in GarageBand and iMovie 6.
Thanks for watching!