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I Wish Elektron Still Made This Machine...
I stupidly sold the Monomachine when I needed money and it's one of my life's biggest regrets. I figured I would be able to rebuy it someday once I saved up again. But alas 2 months after selling, Elektron discontinued the Monomachine. Which I still don't understand as to why. Sure Elektron makes the Analog Four/Keys which is sort of close... but not really. The Monomachine was the most unique synthesizer I have used. It had 6 Tracks you could load up with any combination of synthesis methods which included: SuperWave (virtual analog), SID (digital SidStation recreation), FM+ (FM synthesis), DigiPro (wavetable synthesis and 12-bit drum samples), and VO (voice synthesis). Each of the 6 tracks were monophonic, but with SuperWave and DigiPro machines you could program in chords! Just writing this review makes me sad that I ever let this go. But hopefully I can buy a used one again in the future!
powerful and flexible sound desing, yet obtuse and mysterious.
This synth is refreshingly contrary to most synth design. While most sound modules try to maximize polyphony and preset variety from a single synthesis method (subtractive, FM, etc), this unit... - has only 6 tracks, each capable of only a single monophonic voice. - has 5 different synthesis methods, some with sub-algorithms - doe not emphasize grab-and-go presets, but is built around diving around menus and sculpting sound in the moment. You can not save syntheses patches at the track-level, only Kits/combinations at the program level. The sequencer is both a source and a destination for control. Control this via MultiTrig mode, and you have incredibly fat stacks, splits, or patters you can transpose in real time. Everything is build to around everything else. There is no center.
On the surface it is minimal and basic yet once you dive in the depth seams to get greater the more you explore - limitations produce more creativity and expand your consciousness. To some a cruel mistress to others a soothing embrace its fun to explore and jam great for ideas and develops your synthesis knowledge. Use the LFO's :-)
Great digital Synth, a lot of bang for the buck.
In my opinion it takes time to get used to. The + side is, that it has diffrent synthesis forms and even a SID emulation. The sounds you create must be worked on to get them nice and fat. Great tool, but I myself prefer the Analog Key/four as the sounds are fatter and easier to shape them to a nice form.