The Rise of the Pocket Synthesizer (ft. KORG monotron)

“These are probably the default instruments in the product bracket of pocket synths. The first on the scene, they are undoubtedly the most ubiquitous in the field. Informed by the maxim “Go Anywhere Analog,” the Monotron Duo and Delay were kept deliberately “no-frills,” as Tatsuya Takahashi explains: “The whole compact instrument idea came about from trying to make electronic instruments as simple and as accessible as something like a guitar. It’s extremely simple in that you have strings that you can change the resonant frequency of by changing the effective length. The aim of the Monotron was to allow this kind of freedom and for that they needed to be simple.”