AudioThingies MicroMonsta 2, the beloved desktop digital Synthesizer from France is back in an evolved version with more synthesis features and a nice design.
Analog is in trend but digital synths should not be forgotten. Some are even insider tips. The AudioThingies MicroMonsta v1 is considered a digital highlight by many Synthesizer enthusiasts. Sonically as well technically on a very high level and made by a Boutique company. For a few months, I have been reporting about a possible successor of the MM2.
Now the MicroMonsta 2 is available and it’s a powerful new version. Equipped with many new synthesis functions, a better overall sound, and built into a much narrower aluminum case with upgraded switches & encoders. It looks pretty.
AudioThingies MicroMonsta 2
The biggest difference to the past is the engine of the MicroMonsta 2. It’s now dual polyphonic ie. bi-timbral with 6 voices per layer. Each layer features three oscillators with updated algorithms including some with FM capabilities. Oscillator 1 offers 12 analog-style oscillator types and 4 FM-ready types. Then, oscillator 2 and 3 also have 12 analog-style types but on top 8 multi-sampled wavetables where oscillator 3 can be an FM source. Also, it offers drive per voice and detuning per voice/oscillator for an analog character. No information yet, if you can load in own wavetables or not.
Next, it comes with 1 multimode filter per voice that houses 8 different types with FM. On the modulation side, it features 3 envelopes and 3 LFOs. The LFOs can be free-running, key triggered, or per voice with optional one-shot. So you can use it also as an additional envelope. All modulators are operable via a straight but powerful 10 slot modulation matrix. At the end of the signal chain, it features a delay and reverb per timbre to refine your sounds.
Playability & Connections
You can play the new MicroMonta 2 in different modes. Either in monotimbral, bi-timbral or in different combi modes including mono, stack, split or multi. According to the developer, MPE is not yet on board but they plan to release it as a free update. MIDI In via a 3.5mm connector, and a USB port which you can use to power the device. The new version doesn’t offer full MIDI so no MIDI Out or Thru.
AudioThingies MicroMonsta 2 is available now for 299.00€ (inc VAT). It ships with a USB 2.0 cable but without a power supply adapter.
More information here: AudioThingies