Video: Why Buy a Monosynth?

In the world of synthesis, there are many choices to be made: analog versus digital, hardware versus software, monophonic versus polyphonic. You might ask why a monophonic synth, or monosynth as we say, is still valuable when they can only play one note at a time? The answer lies in the type of sounds you’re looking to synthesize. Monosynths are typically known for their ability to create bass and lead patches. But they are also more affordable and easier to use than polyphonic synths.

Most monosynths available today take after the classic MiniMoog Model D which uses three oscillators and the legendary four-pole 24 dB per octave Ladder Filter to synthesize huge, larger-than-life tones.

Model D Alternatives

The Model D still sounds great, but not everyone can afford one. Thankfully today's market has a ton of great options that are not only more affordable but also offer modern-day advantages like digital controls, patch memory, and connectivity to other hardware.

More Analog Power for Your Dollar

Compared to the complexity of many polysynths, monosynths are straight and to the point. One undeniable benefit of fewer features and components is that monosynths tend to cost less than polysynths with more voices but equivalent specs.

Best New Monosynths Available

Monosynths work better for arpeggios, sequenced melodic patterns, and solo performances where portamento is used to glide notes into each other. Most monosynths available today also come with a capable sequencer and arpeggiator that cater to these playing styles.

Choosing the right one may be tricky, so we’ve published lots of pieces aimed at helping you choose the right synthesizer for your taste and budget. But if you’re ready to invest a little more than a few hundred on an analog synth that can go the distance, consider one of several new listings from the top synth brands like Moog, Sequential, and Korg.

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