What are the differences between MicroMonsta and MicroMonsta 2 ?
What MicroMonsta 2 doesn’t have from MicroMonsta:
- The p6 rz1, rz2 and rz3 oscillators
- Envelope shape parameter
- 8-step lfo, scaler (replaced by a way more powerful matrix) and chorder
- MIDI Out / Thru port
What MicroMonsta 2 have that MicroMonsta doesn’t:
- Updated oscillator algorithms, including some FM capable ones
- FM capable filter
- 3 oscillators, oscillator 3 being the FM source for oscillator 1 and filter
- Per voice drive
- The sound engine is voiced more aggressively (can be tamed in v2.1 with filter character setting)
- LFOs can be free running, key triggered or per voice with optional one-shot for using them as additional envelopes
- More modulation slots with more sources, negating the need for the MicroMonsta scalers
- Bi-timbrality (play 2 different sounds at the same time)
- Different play modes: monotimbral, bitimbral or combi
- Combi modes: monotimbral, stack, split or multi
- Chorus, EQ, delay and reverb per timbre
- Aluminum enclosure
- Longer lasting switches and encoders
- Headphones compatible output
- USB power (USB B connector)
- MPE mode (bitimbral capable) with user definable global pitch bend range
Are presets compatible between MicroMonsta and MicroMonsta 2 ?
Given the differences in the sound engines, the answer is no, they aren’t.
Does MicroMonsta 2 ship with a power supply ?
MicroMonsta 2 is USB powered and ships with a USB cable only.
Any USB power adapter will work, as long as it is capable of outputting 500mA, that should be the case with all of them now.
It can also be powered from a computer USB port, but in this case, pay attention to the fact that you can easily create a ground loop, and depending on your setup, this can generate noise on MicroMonsta 2 output. Solutions to this problems are: USB isolators on the USB side or ground loop isolators (line level DIs with ground lift) on the audio side.