The Monowave was designed to be a bass synth, though it has more uses than that, it is also more than able to do some superb lead sounds. It was designed to give that sound and extra "oomph" that people want from a synth that is sadly lacking from many of the modern "virtual" synths. With the added choice of 256 waveforms this gives you a huge range of sonic power, rangeing from harsh digital type sounds to warm analogue!
Two oscillators, two sub-oscillators and a clone of the legendary Moog ladder filter, give it quite some kick! One of the main design goals with the Monowave was to get "a simple to use synth, that has a big unique sound".
The Monowave accomplishes this with ease.
"There's nothing virtual about this baby" to quote one of the beta testers. The monowave does not use DSPs found in many modern synths, but instead, uses classic analogue circuitry for the post processing of the waveforms, to give that warm "analogue" sound, coupled with digital oscillators for ultimate stability.
"Post Processing?" When I say post-processing I mean that the VCF, VCA AND ADSRs are ANALOGUE!
Some may have analogue filters, but not the analogue supporting circuitry that is so crucial to the sound. The oscillators are digitally controlled to give un-rivalled stability, flexability and giving 256 waveforms to choose from, 127 of these from the classic PPG wave range of synthesisers.
Also dont forget this is a limited run of 25. There will only ever be the 25 production units made, along with the 5 beta units and the original prototype this makes the Monowave a modern rarity.
Since I published the schematics and code for this, Laurie Biddulph of elby-designs has made a kit of the MonoWave. This means you can build your own MonoWave.
For information visit the MonoWave at elby-designs.