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MONARK Tutorial

MONARK Explained®

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    Introduction & Snapshots

    MONARK is an ensemble for Reaktor 5 which functions as a monophonic subtractive synthesizer. It's a lovingly reconstructed emulation of the classic Minimoog analog synth and is a great addition to your arsenal of sounds. In this video Al offers a brief introduction to MONARK and also demonstrates using Reaktor's browser to load 'snapshots'.

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    In this video aL provideS a brief overview of MONARKS's two main views; the A view where MONARK's Control, Oscillators, Mixer and Filter & Amp sections can be found and the B view in which you are offered some fine tuning controls for determining how MONARK functions.

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    The Oscillators & Mixer Sections

    In this video Al briefly explainS the principle behind subtractive synthesis before going on to expound on the Oscillators and Mixer sections. MONARK has three oscillators, each offering a choice of six different waveforms. The fist two oscillators can only be used to generate sound but with the third oscillator you have the choice either to use it as a sound source or a source of modulation. The mixer section is where you can route the oscillators through to the filter and mix the balance of the oscillators. The mixer section also houses a noise generator (capable of producing either white or pink noise) as well as a knob to dial in feedback.

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    The Filter & Amp Section

    The Filter & Amp section houses an amplitude envelope and a self oscillating envelope controlled filter with three different low pass modes and one band pass mode. In this video Al demonstrates how you can use both the filter and the amplitude envelope to further shape your sounds. Al also demonstrates how the self oscillating nature of the filter means you can actually use resonance to generate a sine wave and use keyboard tracking to play our filter like an oscillator.

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    The Control Section

    In this video Al expounds the Control section which houses some of MONARK's important global parameters such as glide and global tuning. Al also demonstrates how you can use oscillator 3 as a modulation source to modulate the frequency of oscillator's 1 and 2 and that of the filter cutoff.

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    The B View

    MONARK's B view gives you a whole range of fine tuning parameters that you can use to specify how MONARK behaves. In this video Al goes through each parameters and shows you how it effects your sound.

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    Sound Examples Part 1

    Al has put together a little electro track in Ableton Live as a demonstration of how versatile MONARK can be. With the exception of the drum track, every sound in this song is made using MONARK and there are seven distinct parts; A brassy bass pad, a staccato arp lead, a synth-strings harmony, a pulsing bass line, a funky vibrato lead synth, and two distinct FX stings. Over the next two videos Al goes through all these parts one by one and demonstrate how to make them using MONARK.

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    Sound Examples Part 2

    Al continues his demonstration of the parts of his demo track and how they were created.

Product Overview

Do you use REAKTOR 5's ensemble MONARK in your productions? Groove 3 resident trainer Al Swettenham is here to show you the ins & outs of this monophonic subtractive synthesizer, as well as how to use it creatively.

Al begins with an overview of MONARK's two main views and an introduction to Snapshots. Next, Al discusses MONARK's 3 oscillators and the powerful mixer section. Continuing on, Al gives a look at the Filter and Amp sections, and then digs into the Control section and demonstrates using oscillator 3 as a modulation source

Next, Al takes an in-depth look at the B View, discussing each parameter and how it effects your sound. Finally, Al uses a track he put together that's full of sounds created in MONARK, to demonstrate the amazing versatility of this synth. He goes through all seven parts, recreating each sound from scratch so you see how they were made..

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MONARK Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic tutorial This is stellar. Learned a lot about Monark, despite having gone through the manual a few times, and loved the track-breakdown videos to round it out. Gave a great sense of what the synth is capable of, and I really appreciate that the track wasn't laden down with a ton of post processing.
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Explanation and then great show of uses *bonus for ableton users* This is great tutorial if you you want to learn this synth. It's straight forward, great explanation and he evens hows you how to use with it with abletons automation to make some really cool effects!
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great videos to get started with Monark Very informative, the video series contains all the info and valuable examples to get started programming sounds with Monark.
Date published: 2020-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and concise Good clear explanations. To the point and focused on what I needed to know.
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Nice, I learned a lot, probably everything you need to know I enjoy how each step is shown in detail, and the sounds are developed fresh from Init each time. He makes a change and shows how it sounds, and I follow along on my own synth, pausing now and then to fully understand the new things. I liked how he put it all together at the end in a multitrack song all using Monark. It was masterful.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview, very helpful! Excellent overview of every UI element of Monark, including a demo song and demonstration of dialling in each sound used. Now I'm off to the races!
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great explanation of this synth! Easy to understand tutorial with good examples at the end.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video Good explanations and a good look into sound design towards the end using the monark synth
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best Monark tutorial I have found This is quite good tbh. One complaint though, Sound from vst were too loud compared to instructor voice. Other than that, top notch value
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained. I've already seen previous videos from this instructor and this one is as helpful and well explained as the others. He takes time. Great.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well-paced overview A pretty thorough introduction to Monark, covering subtractive synth in general and some of the specific Minimoog emulations. I particularly liked how, unlike some other videos on this site, it went beyond describing the UI and also covered how to create various sounds with Monark. I feel that I've got a good handle on it now.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Lovin' Spoonfull The sections of this course are very well structured, delivered with clarity and superbly demonstrated. Recommended!
Date published: 2017-06-13
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