MONARK Tutorial

MONARK Explained®

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    Introduction & Snapshots (5:53)


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    Overview (2:43)


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    The Oscillators & Mixer Sections (13:00)


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    The Filter & Amp Section (14:14)


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    The Control Section (11:44)


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    The B View (17:06)


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    Sound Examples Part 1 (13:40)


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    Sound Examples Part 2 (14:05)


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..

If you're looking to get up and running with MONARK fast, Al shows you how... Watch "MONARK Explained" today.


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dancindiie
Submitted 1 month ago

Great Video

Good explanations and a good look into sound design towards the end using the monark synth

I am a: Beginner

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gglp
Submitted 3 months ago

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

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, FL Studio, Reaper

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Arnaud
Submitted 6 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cubase

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tbtommyb
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live

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Jos Cuzz
Submitted 1 year ago

A Lovin' Spoonfull

The sections of this course are very well structured, delivered with clarity and superbly demonstrated. Recommended!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been dabbling in music for as long as I can remember in one way or another. As a toddler, my Dad used to sit me at the piano while he played and I'd just bash the keys! But it was in my early teens that I first started trying to write electronic music and learning to program MIDI. I wasn't great at it then but I really enjoyed it and I knew from then on that all I wanted to do was music. When I was 14 I made a CD of my own self made house tunes and persuaded them to sell it in my local record shop down the road. The tracks were pretty basic but I sold all 20 copies!

2. What training have you had?

I did an A-Level in Music Technology, it was pretty retro; we were recording onto analog tape with a Tascam MSR-16 and there were usually only about 8 or 9 channels on the 16 channel desk actually working at any given time! Then I did a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, they were a lot better equipped! I also spent a year working as a trainee studio engineer at ICC Studios, a great recording studio down on the south coast of England. That was really where I cut my teeth, learning to use with Pro-Tools and SADiE. It was hard work but also great fun. ICC was also where I learned the people skills necessary to be a studio engineer. Helping musicians feel comfortable and relaxed so they can give a great performance is a vital part of the job and those skills have come in very handy when working with vocalists on my own music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I first got into recording when I did my A-Level, before that I was really just making crude general midi tracks using a really basic version of Cubase called Cubasis AV. That was a really important step on the road to becoming a producer, before then I didn't really know how to use EQs and compressors effectively. Given that most of my experience up to that point had been teaching myself how to use various bits of software to write dance music, getting some proper training in micing up guitar cabs and drum kits, all using analogue equipment was really valuable.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I'm one third of Rebel Sonix, audio visual bass merchants based in Brixton, London. I joined after having done a few collabs and remixes with them over the last year. I've also worked with Adam Freeland, most notably on a dubstep remix of the James Bond theme for the launch of the videogame Goldeneye Reloaded. I've remixed several tracks by FeralisKinky, the UK's first ever white, female raga vocalist, and I remixed Delirious' last ever single before they broke up, which was a real honour since I remember going to their gigs as a teenager! Other artists I've worked with include Whiskey Pete, Adam Fielding, Steve Leach, Tom+Olly and You And What Army. I get approached quite a lot to do remixes and collabs and I try to do as much as I can, with the inevitable consequence that I'm always really busy!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've spent more than 10 years now learning about studio recording, computer composition and sound design and music production. As a producer I never stop learning because I'm always trying to improve my own production skills. I'm comfortable working in a diverse range of genres as well as a diverse range of software and plugins. I also believe I'm clear, concise and articulate (a trait I've absorbed via osmosis from my parents who are both teachers.) But most of all I'm really passionate about this stuff, music production is my life and when I discover something new I get really excited and want to tell people (just ask my wife!)

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MONARK Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 5 .
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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