What a nice little treat for Friday! Korg has announced two new additions to the analog "mono" family, the Monotron Duo and the Monotron Delay. These are the siblings to the original Monotron, sharing the same MS-20 filter and oscillators, but each has replaced a function of the original. The Delay features, obviously, a Delay, but omits the pitch knob and the resonance. It now features a wide-range ribbon for sounds across multiple octaves. This delay is really exciting because it can process external sounds-- that's the true value of this item. The Duo features a ribbon that can lock to major, minor, or chromatic scaling, and features two oscillators that can be used to cross modulate one another. It also omits the original Monotron's LFO. Check out the videos above and below for some compact analog goodness.
Dear Korg, while you're at it making these great little analog treats, why not combine them to make a new analog classic? You're halfway there. Adding some envelopes, a keyboard, and a little bit more size to the unit for this low of a price would make it a musician's dream. Everyone would want one. Pretty please, Korg?