Near the end of 2019, avid music technology fans discovered that Behringer had registered the MonoPoly trademark. Now, speculations come to an end as the brand releases its own version of the Korg Mono/Poly, a legendary synth from the 80s which was favoured by Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke. Contemporary heavyweight producers like MGMT and Tycho still gravitate toward the Mono/Poly in their productions today. Take a listen to what Behringer’s MonoPoly could sound like above.
The synth maintains the original layout from the original Mono/Poly, and features a fully analogue signal path. Four VCOs are packed into the synth, each with four multiple waveshapes per voice, feeding into a single 24dB filter. This means that, like the Poly D, the Behringer MonoPoly is a paraphonic synthesiser. Filter and amplitude are adjustable by the ADSR knobs or via the dual analogue LFOs.
As with the original, the synth can be played in Monophonic, Unison and Poly modes, with four-note chords. An added Chord Memory function allows you to recall chords you’ve saved. Pulsewidth modulation and detuning are also featured on the MonoPoly, with an effects section nearby to achieve cross-modulation and oscillator sync.
The Mono/Poly’s famous arpeggiator is built into Behringer’s clone, including the Latch mode switch with Up/Down and octave selections.
Behringer is yet to release any word on price and it doesn’t appear to be listed on any retailers websites. Judging by the price of the brand’s other synths, we estimate the Behringer MonoPoly to be priced at around £599.
For a detailed overview and demo of Behringer’s MonoPoly, take a look below.
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