iMono/Poly updated – Korg add MIDI Learn to their new iOS synth app

Download from iTunes App StoreKorg have an impressive legacy in the world of the synthesizer starting way back when with some innovative hardware designs. And while they still make (and recreate classic synths) in hardware, they have also embraced the software synth.

Over recent years that has included iOS and, amongst the more recent releases are apps such as ARP ODYSSEi, iM1, iWaveStation and iDS-10. They have also released the excellent Gadget (now ported to OSX) and Module, there flagship iOS sample-based virtual instrument. It’s an impressive suite of apps.

iMono/Poly – Korg deliver another impressive slice of virtual analog synth in a compact and affordable iOS app.

And, as I noted a couple of weeks ago, now we have another one in iMono/Poly. No surprises for guessing that it is a software recreation of Korg’s classic early 1980s hardware synth, the Mono/Poly. The Mono/Poly was a popular analog synth with 4 VCOs giving a 4-note polyphonic options or the choice of stacking them for a rich mono synth mode. The hardware filter had plenty of character and a combination of 2 envelope generators, 2 LFOs for modulation duties and a neat arppeggiator made for powerful, and portable, performance synth. The synth is still used today by acts such as the Chemical Brothers but it has appeared on countless electronic music tracks over the years.

As I commented in the full review, Korg have done a great job in recreating these features in an iOS app and, of course, also get some additional modern touches such as two multi-effects engines, a system for additional sound modulation options and XY pads. It looks, and sounds, great but check out the trailer demo from Korg below for a brief listen.

The app undoubtedly sounds brilliant and works well as a ‘gadget’ within Gadget. However, there were perhaps a couple of additional technical features that users might have liked to have seen in the spec; AU support and MIDI Learn. It remains to be seen where Korg might go (if anywhere) with AU under iOS but iMono/Poly received it’s first update today (on the day that iOS11 is also due to arrive) and this does deliver MIDI Learn. I’ve only had a brief chance to give this a go but it seems pretty straightforward in use and I had no problem getting the app to respond to some controllers from my Alesis QX25 external MIDI keyboard.

Yay! – MIDI Learn is now included in the iMono/Poly spec and accessible from a new menu button….

You can still seek out the original hardware but, for a working model in good condition, I’ve seen them price well upwards of US$1500 (eek!). In app form, iMono/Poly is still available at the discounted launch price of £19.99/US$19.99, 1/2 off what will be the eventual price as an incentive for early adopters. The app requires iOS9.3 or later and an iPhone 5s/iPad Air or newer are recommended.

Korg continue to impress with the iOS music app collection. If you are looking for some classy iOS music apps to add to your collection, then do check out the original reviews of their other flagship iOS music apps Gadget, Module, iM1 and, of course, ARP ODYSSEi. They are all excellent and, while not the cheapest iOS music apps that you can buy, they most certainly offer excellent value for money.

If you are an avid iOS synth head – and a lover of classic synths delivered as cheap-as-chips apps – then read the full iMono/Poly review, watch the iMono/Poly demo video and prepare to hit the App Store download button on your iPad while that special launch price holds :-)


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    1. Lovely. And impressively fast too. Makes it so much more usefull to me. Thank you, Korg.

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