On the day the Monologue was announced, there were the usual online wails that Korg should have made a Polysix or ARP 2600 instead. Admittedly, another small monosynth is not the most radical idea and another mini keyboard is unlikely to win converts either. But if you take the time to listen to the Monologue and play with its rather nifty sequencer, it’s really very likeable. If you think of it as a potential acid classic in the same vein as a TB303 or SH101, it starts to make a lot of sense. The dual oscillators have far more scope than either of those Rolands, the bass end is lovely, the filter is great and with drive factored in too, you’ve got a seriously capable synth — one that runs on batteries!