Still got my eyes on the Malekko Manther.
The shared single envelope generator with 1 OSC + Sub with waveform faders scheme is so effective (106, 202, 101, Atlantis).
One can traverse between two polar opposite ends of a sonic spectrum with just a couple fader movements. And the Manther kicks that up a notch with an incredibly deep sequencer.
That said, my Korg Monologue makes me happy every time I touch it. About to finish a track I made from just jamming out on a Monologue internal sequence, and cutting out some interesting bits and layering them on top of each other.
I used to think that the 16 step sequencer was too limiting, even with those great motion sequence lanes, but once I made sure to be recording while just changing simple things live, like wave shape and envelope parameters, it opened right up. The envelope generator on the Monologue might be my favorite thing about it. So expressive and snappy.
The raw sound isn’t anything spectacular. It’s still a $299 synth. But it takes EQ and FX well, and it also makes a great DAW controller.