Originally Posted by DoomBrain
I think this one has had input from Aphex Twin, unless I have that mixed up with another one.
I believe he may have done some of the presets.
I actually almost bought a Monologue not long ago myself. I think its a cool synth and seems more immediately accessible than something like Dave Smith Mopho (even the Keys edition, really). It seems like it can do a lot + acid-ish stuff well. It is not a requirement, but if someone who makes electronic music can afford a hardware synth or a drum machine I think its really worth the experience. Korg have a long history of making affordable, but very usable so-called "entry level" machines for electronic music.
It is hard to go wrong with Korg in this arena. I'd recommend them all day long for first time hardware owners.
EDIT: Again, I think you'll really enjoy the sequencer. I've a bit of a fetish for a good sequencer myself, and Korg have always done well with them. Often called "poor man's Elektron".