I’ve been a big fan of Korg’s Minilogue and Monologue synths since they hit the scene in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Both keyboards have fully analog signal paths for their synthesis engines and are super affordable (under $500 US). Designed by tech wünderkind Tatsuya Takahashi, the ‘Logue synths feel like instruments. That is, they have a “sound”, with very different filter behaviors for each model. The Mini has a smoother vibe, great for plucks and pads, while the Mono is ideal for upfront bass and leads—thanks to its integrated overdrive circuit.
Earlier this year, I wrote a master class for Electronic Musician that explores the unique characteristics of each synth, as well as their common elements, like dual oscillators with innovative waveshaping parameters.
Whether you're a proud owner—or hoping for one as a holiday gift—this tutorial delves deeply into their features.