Korg Announce Monologue: 25-Key, Super Affordable Analog Synthesizer

Korg have announced a new monophonic analog synthesizer that is smaller, cuter, and more affordable than the Minilogue. Watch the video and find all the specs here on the new Korg Monologue.

Melville, NY - - November 1, 2016 - - Korg continues to lead the resurgence of analog with the all-new monologue; a completely programmable, powerful, and groundbreaking monophonic analog synthesizer. monologue features a unique new synthesis structure, an updated step sequencer, micro-tuning features and more. While sharing its sleek layout, knob-per-function workflow and high-quality construction with Korg’s best-selling minilogue, monologue is a truly unique new synth for all types of musicians with a price tag of only $299.99 USD. 

monologue’s engine starts with the same ground-up synthesis design that made Korg’s minilogue a runaway hit, and adds features focused on delivering amazing monophonic sound. A new 2-pole VCF provides added bite, and an all-analog Drive circuit delivers further punch and warmth. The LFO rate can be adjusted into unprecedentedly ultra-high speeds to generate distinct new timbres, or switched to one-shot mode to act in essence as an additional envelope. 



Each location in the monologue’s 100 program locations (80 preset + 20 user - all editable) can retain its own 16-step sequence, including motion sequence automation. monologue’s sequencer also adds a dedicated button per step for added ease of editing. It features motion sequencing with editing, and the ability to choose from smooth or stepped parameter capture for added rhythmic possibilities. The sequencer also offers on-the-fly transposition via key triggering. All of these powerful new features can be used together to create complex, musical, and deeply dialed-in patterns. 

Korg Monologue comes in 5 colors.

monologue not only shares the same sleek brushed aluminum top panel, real wood back panel and chassis- mounted rubberized knobs as Korg’s minilogue, but also the same easy and fun sound creation approach. Plus, there are five vibrant colors to choose from: silver, black, red, blue, and gold. Users can create everything from crushing basses to crisp leads and complex rhythmic soundscapes quickly and easily. 

In addition to factory scales, monologue introduces microtuning capabilities never-before-seen on an analog synthesizer in its class. It has 12 user-savable scale locations and provides the same self-tuning circuit as minilogue, for solid, well-tempered tuning. 

monologue features a 25-key version of the same great-feeling key bed as minilogue – with a twist: instead of the traditional C to C octaves, it’s is laid out E to E, so those low bass notes are always there. With a low E right at your fingertips, guitarists and bassists will feel right at home adding monologue to their live rig to expand their sound palettes. The OLED display with a real working oscilloscope that lets you ‘see’ your sound in real-time. This display is unique to Korg’s latest analog models, and is as fun and educational as it is informative. monologue’s display is unprecedented on a monophonic analog synth of its caliber, calling up parameters as you play different notes and adjust parameters. 

monologue can run on 6 x AA batteries or an optional 9V adapter. In addition to 5-pin In/Out and USB MIDI, monologue includes Audio Sync connectivity, which allows it to play in time and integrate seamlessly with Korg volcas, electribes, minilogue and SQ-1. 

Korg’s monologue will be available for Pre-order starting November 1, 2016 for $299.99 with an in-store date of January 9th. To learn more visit www.korg.com. The monologue will make its US debut at The Brooklyn Synth Expo on November 12th & 13th as well as Korg’s Brew Music Event at the Brooklyn Brewery on November 17th. 


Korg monologue Specifications 



25-keys (Slim-key, velocity sensitive) 

Sound Generation: 

Analog synthesis 


100 programs (80 Presets / 20 Users) 

Each program includes microtuning and sequence data settings 

Main Synthesis Parameters: 

VCO1: Wave (Saw, Triangle, Square), Shape
VCO2: Octave, Wave (Saw, Triangle, Noise), Sync/Ring, Pitch, Shape
FILTER: Cutoff, Resonance
EG: Type (A/D, A/G/D, G), Attack, Decay, Int, Target (Pitch, Pitch 2, Cutoff)
LFO: Wave (Saw, Triangle, Square), Mode (Fast, Slow, 1-Shot), Rate, Int, Target (Pitch, Shape, Cutoff) 


16-step monophonic sequencer 

Motion sequence can be used on up to four parameters 


32 settings (20 Preset tunings / 6 User scales / 6 User octaves) 

Each setting can be set the key. 


23 dedicated panel controls deliver immediate parameter access 

A slider can control different parameters for each program 


Real-time OLED oscilloscope provides visual feedback of parameter changes 


Headphones (6.3mm stereo phone jack) Output (6.3mm monaural phone jack) Audio In (6.3mm monaural phone jack) Sync In (3.5mm monaural mini jack) Sync Out (3.5mm monaural mini jack) MIDI In 


USB Type B 

Power Supply: 

AA alkaline battery x 6 or AA nickel-metal hydride battery x 6 

Or AC adapter (DC 9V) (optional) 

Battery Life: 

Approximately 6 hours (using alkaline batteries) 

Approximately 8 hours (using nickel-metal hydride batteries) 

Power Consumption: 

2.5 W 

Dimensions (W x D x H): 

350 x 276 x 76 mm / 13.78" x 10.87" x 2.99" 


1.7 kg / 3.78 lbs. 

Color Variations: 

Silver, Black, Red, Dark Blue, Gold 

Included Items: 

AA alkaline battery x 6 (for verifying operation) 


AC adapter (DC 9V) Sync Cable SQ-CABLE-6 

Monologue rear slant


Price: $299 USD!

Availability: 17 November, 2016



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It looks like a nice unit. You have to wonder, though, why a necessary item like a power adaptor always seems to be an option with these items. Sure, it'll run off batteries but they are expensive and it's a pain to be changing them all the time. I'm guessing it can't be powered from the USB port.

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