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The 1980s was an amazing decade for electronic music. Artists like Vince Clarke and bands like Depeche Mode have used synthesizers to great effect, creating hits such as Just Can’t Get Enough and People are People. What synthesizer could they have used, you might ask? It was none other than the MonoPoly synth, which was only available for 3 years before it was taken off the shelves and has become a true collector’s item. Today, we’re bringing this beauty to the 21st century with the Behringer MONOPOLY. This is an ultra-affordable and even more feature-packed homage to the original. Conjure up virtually any sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on the authentic MonoPoly circuitry as well as VCO, VCF and VCA designs from the 80s. Take a walk in the shoes of legends or create your own timeless classics with the MONOPOLY.
Great care has been taken in engineering the MONOPOLY, including the true-to-the-original analog circuitry, 4 VCOs and incredibly flexible key modes for monophonic, duophonic and 4-voice polyphonic playstyles. This highly focused attention to detail is what gives the MONOPOLY its ultra-flexible sound shaping capability and allows you to recreate tones that are evocative of classic electronic music. It gives you the ability to cover a lot of amazing tones from super-fat bass, tasty leads – all the way to full-on dreamy ambience from the far reaches of your imagination.
The synthesizer tracks laid down in the ‘80s in progressive rock, wave and synth-pop have become classics and have inspired many other artists. The MONOPOLY lets you recreate all that magic – or design some incredible and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!
Just like its predecessor, the MONOPOLY comes with four VCOs, each with four switchable waveshapes such as triangle, reverse sawtooth, pulse width modulation and pulse width. Each VCO’s octave, level and tuning can be adjusted separately with their respective knobs. Setting the VCOs to PWM mode allows you to route the signal to one of two analog LFOs again with four selectable waveforms and adjustable frequency for some more advanced sound creation. Blend the VCOs with different waveshapes together and add a bit of cross-modulation to get some piercing leads and gigantic bass notes that are totally going to give your audience the goosebumps.
The MONOPOLY includes a VCF and VCA, each with its own ADSR that let you adjust the shape of the envelope to create notes that are short and percussive or long and atmospheric. You can even add in a bit of white noise by turning up the Noise knob. This dramatically spices up your waveforms and gives you full control of your sounds, letting you shape your tone any way you want. Sweep the Cutoff knob on the VCF from left to right while setting the resonance to just the right amount and listen as your note transforms from a low rumble to a sizzling crescendo that’s just perfect for creating the right atmosphere in your next cyberpunk epic.
With the Key Assign Mode section you can select how the MONOPOLY operates, whether it’s in Unison mode, which plays all four VCOs at once when a key is pressed, Polyphonic mode or Unison/Share mode which shares the VCOs according to the number of notes played. There’s also a Chord Memory mode for creating complex harmonies with a single key press. Start off in Poly mode, press the hold button, play your chord and hit the Chord Memory button. Now you’ll be able to play that chord with a single key. Combine all these modes in your next production and you’re on your way to having a truly amazing song that will really get the crowd moving.
The MONOPOLY features 37 semi-weighted keys with velocity functionality. Pitch can be raised or lowered using the Bend wheel, while modulation depth is controlled with the MG1 wheel. You can even select what each wheel modifies as well as its intensity in the Wheel section.
We just can’t help ourselves – like you, we’re gear heads too. For those who want the numbers, the MONOPOLY has 62 knobs and buttons, all laid out on a tiltable front panel in a highly intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation. The MONOPOLY also includes multiple in and outputs for controlling filter cutoff, oscillator pitch and CV/Gate as well as MIDI.
- Modern reimagining of a legendary ’80s synth
- Mono and 4-voice paraphonic modes
- Variable-angle control panel
- 37 semi-weighted, full-sized keys
- 4 VCOs, each with 4 selectable waveforms
- VCF, 2 LFOs, 2 envelopes, sync and cross modulation
- Full-featured arpeggiator
- MIDI in/out/thru (5-pin DIN)
- USB (Type B) MIDI
- Main output: 1/4-inch TS, unbalanced
- Headphones: 1/4-inch TRS, stereo
- External control inputs: Arpeggiator Sync in, Portamento, VCF cutoff freq mod, VCO freq mod, Trigger in, Trigger in
- Internal control outputs: Trigger out, CV out, Switch