Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Korg Mono/Poly modifications (fatness, snappiness, sizzle)

(I posted this on

I got the idea of Mono/Poly pre filter changes from this cool blog:

When I compared my upgraded P600 to my Mono/Poly, I thought: either I sell it, or I try to make it better.
So I chose to change all the opamps for TL082, capacitors (using lower value tantalum for envelopes), and added a pre-filter gain and treble boost (using resistors and a cap).
The sound is now ridiculously better, the filter starts to overdrive nicely past 1 osc at half level, I have lots of treble, even past 20Khz, and while I can't do 20 seconds envelopes anymore, they are way more percussive!

Detailed changes:

- I changed all the 4558 opamps for TL082, because even if 4558 has a nice vintage sound, it's awfully slow and not dynamic. The VCOs summing amplifier (1/2 IC18 on KLM-354) would be the most important to change, I think it's responsible for the so called useless VCO mixer on the MP4!
- I changed R1 on KLM-355 for a lower value (I tried may values, 10k seemed like the best compromise between sound fatness and mixer usability).
- I added the treble boost from synthhacker, I had to choose different values to accomodate for R1.
- I changed C23 and C25 on KLM-355 for 2.2uf Tantalums, so envelopes are both faster and snappier (due to tantalums low esr).

A few demos I made after these changes : 

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