1981 Korg Mono/Poly

Here is a vintage 1981 Korg Mono/Poly synthesizer. This particular example, serial number 370034, is in very excellent all original condition. It was purchased on eBay by the previous owner for $1550 plus shipping, and then he had it thoroughly serviced at a cost of $250.

A cool analog monophonic/polyphonic from Korg. It has 4 VCO’s which can be shared in 4-voice Polyphonic mode, or linked in Unison for a versatile monophonic lead. Each VCO has its own level, tune, and waveform type control. Waveforms include triangle, sawtooth, variable pulse wave. It has a great VCF (filter) section as well as 2 envelope generators (one for the oscillators and one for the filter). There are also 2 individual LFO’s which can be used to modulate the Pulse Width, envelope and Arpeggiator independently. A very flexible and fun synth. Other cool tricks up its sleeve include chord memory and an effects mode in which oscillators have a variety of ways to be synced. The built-in arpeggiator and sequencer can run all 4 VCO’s at a time or cycle through each voice per note! There’s also portamento, CV/Gate, VCF and VCO mod inputs, white noise generator, and the pitch/mod wheels can be assigned to control LFO, pitch or the filter. Its sound quality is nice and very Korg. This synth is used by Hardfloor, Tangerine Dream, The Orb, 808 State, Juno Reactor, Megaton Matt Haines, Freddy Fresh, and the Chemical Brothers.

Aside from the gray “chord memory” button cap missing, this synth is in near perfect shape. And while the cap itself is missing, the contact and button are intact and remain perfectly functional. This is a part that can be acquired for less than $10 when available on eBay.