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Amazing analog synthesizer with 4 classic VCOs for amazingly fat music creation
4-Voice polyphonic/paraphonic design with mono, unison and polyphonic mode
37 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity functionality
Authentic reproduction of original circuitry from the ‘80s
Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF, and VCA designs
4 variable oscillator shapes per VCO and variable pulse widths for ultimate sounds
Autotune functionality to ensure VCOs automatically stay in tune
Classic 24 dB filter with resonance for legendary sound performance
Cross-modulation and oscillator sync for piercing lead sounds and complex effects
Dual analog LFOs with 4 selectable waveforms and multiple destinations for advanced sound creation
Dedicated filter and amplifier ADSR envelope generators for full control of your sounds
Chord memory for complex harmonies with a single key press
Noise generator for dramatically expanded waveform generation
Separate pitch modulation of VCO 1 for sync/x-mod effects
Front panel can be laid flat or tilted in multiple angles for easy access of all controls
62 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
Multiple in and outputs for controlling filter cutoff, oscillator pitch, CV/gate and more
Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
The 1980s was an amazing decade for electronic music. Artists like Vince Clarke and bands like Depeche Mode have used synthesizers to great effect, creating hits such as Just Can’t Get Enough and People are People. What synthesizer could they have used, you might ask? It was none other than the MonoPoly synth, which was only available for 3 years before it was taken off the shelves and has become a true collector’s item. Today, we’re bringing this beauty to the 21st century with the Behringer MONOPOLY. This is an ultra-affordable and even more feature-packed homage to the original. Conjure up virtually any sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on the authentic MonoPoly circuitry as well as VCO, VCF and VCA designs from the 80s. Take a walk in the shoes of legends or create your own timeless classics with the MONOPOLY.
Great care has been taken in engineering the MONOPOLY, including the true-to-the-original analog circuitry, 4 VCOs and incredibly flexible key modes for monophonic, duophonic and 4-voice polyphonic playstyles. This highly focused attention to detail is what gives the MONOPOLY its ultra-flexible sound shaping capability and allows you to recreate tones that are evocative of classic electronic music. It gives you the ability to cover a lot of amazing tones from super-fat bass, tasty leads – all the way to full-on dreamy ambience from the far reaches of your imagination.
The synthesizer tracks laid down in the ‘80s in progressive rock, wave and synth-pop have become classics and have inspired many other artists. The MONOPOLY lets you recreate all that magic – or design some incredible and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!
Just like its predecessor, the MONOPOLY comes with four VCOs, each with four switchable waveshapes such as triangle, reverse sawtooth, pulse width modulation and pulse width. Each VCO’s octave, level and tuning can be adjusted separately with their respective knobs. Setting the VCOs to PWM mode allows you to route the signal to one of two analog LFOs again with four selectable waveforms and adjustable frequency for some more advanced sound creation. Blend the VCOs with different waveshapes together and add a bit of cross-modulation to get some piercing leads and gigantic bass notes that are totally going to give your audience the goosebumps.
The MONOPOLY includes a VCF and VCA, each with its own ADSR that let you adjust the shape of the envelope to create notes that are short and percussive or long and atmospheric. You can even add in a bit of white noise by turning up the Noise knob. This dramatically spices up your waveforms and gives you full control of your sounds, letting you shape your tone any way you want. Sweep the Cutoff knob on the VCF from left to right while setting the resonance to just the right amount and listen as your note transforms from a low rumble to a sizzling crescendo that’s just perfect for creating the right atmosphere in your next cyberpunk epic.
With the Key Assign Mode section you can select how the MONOPOLY operates, whether it’s in Unison mode, which plays all four VCOs at once when a key is pressed, Polyphonic mode or Unison/Share mode which shares the VCOs according to the number of notes played. There’s also a Chord Memory mode for creating complex harmonies with a single key press. Start off in Poly mode, press the hold button, play your chord and hit the Chord Memory button. Now you’ll be able to play that chord with a single key. Combine all these modes in your next production and you’re on your way to having a truly amazing song that will really get the crowd moving.
The MONOPOLY features 37 semi-weighted keys with velocity functionality. Pitch can be raised or lowered using the Bend wheel, while modulation depth is controlled with the MG1 wheel. You can even select what each wheel modifies as well as its intensity in the Wheel section.
We just can’t help ourselves – like you, we’re gear heads too. For those who want the numbers, the MONOPOLY has 62 knobs and buttons, all laid out on a tiltable front panel in a highly intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation. The MONOPOLY also includes multiple in and outputs for controlling filter cutoff, oscillator pitch and CV/Gate as well as MIDI.
When it comes to recreating the classic sounds of an era like the 1980s, with a few modern features, there’s nothing like the Behringer MONOPOLY, portable and so very affordable.
Visit your dealer to experience the amazing MONOPOLY or get yours online today!
The modern synthesizer’s evolution began in 1919, when a Russian physicist named Lev Termen (also known as Léon Theremin) invented one of the first electronic musical instruments – the Theremin. It was a simple oscillator that was played by moving the performer’s hand in the vicinity of the instrument’s antenna. An outstanding example of the Theremin’s use can be heard on the Beach Boys iconic smash hit “Good Vibrations”.
In the late 1930s, French musician Georges Jenny invented what he called the Ondioline, a monophonic electronic keyboard capable of generating a wide range of sounds. The keyboard even allowed the player to produce natural-sounding vibrato by depressing a key and using side-to-side finger movements. You can hear the Ondioline on Del Shannon’s “Runaway”.
Designed by famous piano manufacturer Story & Clark in association with RCA, the Storytone piano debuted at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Hailed as the world’s first electric piano, the Storytone is prized by musicians and collectors alike for its realistic piano sound – only 500 or so were ever built.
Finding a high level of acceptance in the 1960s, Harry Chamberlin’s Mellotron was an electro-mechanical keyboard that generated sounds by playing back pre-recorded tape loops. Although temperamental and prone to pitch and mechanical issues, the Mellotron was used extensively by many U.K. artists. Classic tracks from the Moody Blues “Days of Future Passed”, the Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and the Rolling Stones “She’s a Rainbow” are prime examples. Attribute author: By Buzz Andersen from San Francisco, California, United States Mellotron | NAMM 2007
Manufactured by ARP Instruments, Inc., the Arp 2600 was one of the most successful synthesizers to come out of the 1970s. They were ideal for players new to the synth world and allowed patches to be changed via switches or 1/8" audio cables. The list of recordings and artists that used the venerable Arp 2600 reads like a veritable Who's Who of rock, pop and jazz, and includes The Who, David Bowie, John Lennon, Depeche Mode, Edgar Winter, Frank Zappa and Herbie Hancock – to name just a few. An Arp 2600 was even used to create the voice of the Star Wars character R2-D2. Attribute author: The original uploader was Kimi95 at Italian Wikipedia - http://www.vintagesynth.com/arp/arp2600blue.jpg e http://www.vintagesynth.com/arp/arp.php, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7708499
Designed to replace the large, modular synths being used in pop music at the time, Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog developed the Minimoog in 1971. The monophonic instrument became the first truly all-in-one, portable analog synthesizer. Thanks to its 3 oscillators and 24 dB/octave filter, the Minimoog produces an extremely rich and powerful bass sound and is still in high demand today. Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman said the instrument “absolutely changed the face of music.” Attribute author: glacial23 - Early Minimoog Uploaded by clusternote, CC BY-SA 2.0
In 1976, Yamaha released their CS-80 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer, which provided velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch that worked on individual voices. The analog instrument featured a ribbon controller, which allowed the user to perform polyphonic pitch bends and smooth glissandos. Composer Vangelis used the CS-80 extensively in the Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire soundtracks. The CS-80 also provided the bass line heard in the BBC 1980 series Doctor Who theme song. Image attribution: Pete Brown from Gambrills, MD, USA (DSC00539) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Sequential Circuits introduced the Prophet 5, which was the first analog 5-voice polyphonic synthesizers to provide onboard memory storage of all patch settings for instant recall. The great-sounding Prophet 5 revolutionized the synthesizer world and, in spite of its rather expensive price tag, became one of the most successful synths of all time. Designed by Dave Smith and John Bowen, the Prophet 5 was the keyboard of choice by a very long list of performers that includes Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Journey, The Cars, Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Pink Floyd, and countless others. Image attribution: original uploader was Felix2036 at Dutch Wikipedia derivative work: Clusternote (Sequential_Circuits_Prophet_5.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Which brings us to 1977...
Our founder, Uli Behringer has a deep passion for keyboards. Born in the small town of Baden, Switzerland in 1961, Uli grew up in a musical family where his mother taught him to play the piano at the tender age of four. His father was a scientist who built a massive organ in the family home and taught the young lad all about electronics. So at the age of 17, Behringer built his first synthesizer – the UB-1. Later, while attending college to seek a degree in audio engineering, Uli put his electronics knowledge to use, building his own equalizers and signal processors to fill the gap left by the university's inability to provide enough proper studio gear. Word soon spread about how good his products were, and he began building gear for his friends – the Behringer legacy had begun. The rest, as they say, is history...
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