NORAND MONO Review – Why it’s a breakthrough synth

Mono from Norand may look like yet another 303-style mono synth, but actually, it has one of the most innovative modulation capabilities and user interfaces I’ve ever seen in a hardware synth.

It has an analog signal path with two oscillators and a multimode filter, it’s digitally controlled which means it can store presets, it has a sequencer with Elektron-style parameter and sound locks, 20 modulators and over 16 envelopes, and yet it manages to pull all those things off without a screen. In this video I take an in depth look at it, including detailed pros and cons:

 

TIMELINE:

0:00 Intro

1:45 Overview

3:40 Mod per knob

6:10 Mod notes

8:50 Connectivity

9:50 Oscillators

11:50 Analog mods

14:10 Filter

16:30 Digital mods

19:35 X-env to depth

20:10 Sequencing

22:25 Randomize

22:50 Scales

23:10 Accent, slide

24:45 Custom accent

25:40 Automation

26:55 Mod note seq

28:00 Ratchet, prob

29:15 Unlink x-env

30:10 Advanced RND

31:40 Glitch sonata

32:40 Project & patterns

36:20 Pros & cons

42:30 Factory patterns

46:45 Outro jam

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