Some people would much rather have the option to be able to play chords, even if it meant the emulation was not being faithful to the original. For those new to all this, the Minimoog, launched in 1970, was the world's first truly portable analogue synthesiser. The interface is incredibly basic and limiting. You can do the same thing for any virtual instrument that is limited to playing one note at a time. Not saying that's a bad thing. Equally, anything from the team at Orange Tree Samples will provide great quality bass. These include oscillator leakage and pitch drift, scaling inconsistencies and differences in tuning between octaves.
Three modes are on offer: Mono, Poly 4 and Unison. If your current setup is lacking a real bass guitar sound, you absolutely want to grab this. Edit: I picked up Arturia's Mini when they were giving it away on Facebook and I never use it. An additional modifier lets you adjust each voicing mode even further. We will call the track Monark 1.
Spending too long scrolling through 808 samples is boring and messy. The Oscillators section's Key Tracking and Drift knobs dial in or out random relative tuning discrepancies between the oscillators when playing up and down the keyboard and over time. This iconic mono synth embodies raw power. It's a pretty convincing overdrive and at high levels the lamp lights in a welcome flash of nostalgia. This means you can get some awesome slides and real technical playing going on that sounds like your in the studio with Nile Rodgers. Instead, the mixer has a Feedback control in place of the Mini's external input.
With Native Instruments' Monark being the only high-profile Minimoog emulation that doesn't feature polyphony, its inclusion here isn't really remarkable, but nonetheless, playing chords and pads on a Mini still feels like a fresh experience every time. Oddly enough, one of the most convincing wasn't even specifically a Minimoog, it just copied key sections such as the oscillators, envelopes and filter. I want to start with the synths and look at three different options, each offering something unique. With Substation, you can start with a tone that fits your track and then mould the shape into something that blends perfectly with your track. Under the hood Above the effects section on the rear panel are an array of global and component tweaking controls. To that end, the controls are succinct and straightforward, with Time, Feedback and Width from mono to fully panned ping pong for the Delay, and Time, Color balancing low and high-frequency reverberation and Width for the Reverb.
Monark sounds closer to a Minimoog than I've heard in software. From a user perspective, the elegant Minimoog layout makes it easy to do basic subtractive synthesis and sound design because the signal flow is easy to understand. Even the triangle has genuine presence, which isn't always the case for modelled oscillators. It's steadfastly monophonic and steers well clear of the extras sometimes added to a Mini by enterprising technicians or crazy wreckers, depending on your point of view. A further enhancement is 'legato' glide, where glide is only present in notes played with overlap.
To make a 100% authentic emulation then the emulated synth should have the same features as the original, including its limitations. This one is a real find! The low end and envelope punch were particularly impressive and even the feedback came reasonably close to the sound of an overdriven Mini. For example, the keytracking for each oscillator is calibrated just slightly differently to give that sound of analog imperfection and this is adjustable as explained above. Legendary The Legend both sounds and feels about as close to a real Minimoog as we reckon it'll ever be possible to get without passing actual electricity through a plugin. But Monark includes an intriguing rear panel: the General section. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Also, if you guys know of any synths, free or paid, let me know and I'll add it to the list! Here we will add Monark.
This one was shared to me by my good friend Tom aka Occams Laser! This is a real shame as these are two of the best analog emulations available. Native Instruments have also copied the filtering that takes place when noise is used as a modulation source; white becoming pink, pink turning red. Switch to the latter and glide takes the same time regardless of the distance between notes. During the review I was able to compare Monark to a friend's Minimoog its serial in the 8000 range — insofar as you can compare a warm and substantial chunk of electronics to a virtual counterpart. While we've no idea what sonic issues Synapse had to deal with in order to maintain that famous Moog sound despite the synth doing something it wasn't designed to do - considerable ones, presumably, since it hasn't ventured beyond four voices - we can happily report that The Legend pulls off polyphony totally convincingly. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
My favourite thing about this plugin is that it gives you more control. One of the special joys of the Minimoog is in how the oscillators never perfectly lock together, and since it felt more natural to adjust tuning with knobs rather than a mouse, I drafted in the controls on my master keyboard, aiming for a comparable level of subtlety. This one is an emulation of the Juno 62 synth. The release portion of the envelope is governed by the amount of decay that is set, and is active when the dedicated release switch one per envelope generator is active. Minimoog Market: How Does Monark Stack Up? The Mono Mode switch toggles the envelopes between retriggered and legato action, and Model Revision lets you choose one of two oscillator board models: Early and Late, Early primarily making the three pulse waves a touch brighter and more upfront. Drumatic 3 comes with a folder of presets saved in. The lack of an unsynced option for the delay time sits at odds with The Legend's retro nature, and although we can understand Synapse Audio not wanting to put the effects on the front panel in the name of authenticity, we'd happily trade that off against the convenience of being able to tweak them without having to switch to the rear view.
Just because something's been done before doesn't mean it can't be improved upon, as anyone who sat through Ralph Bakshi's 1978 film of Lord Of The Rings will testify. Like from a sample pack? Next, because this is a Minimoog, I instantly looked for a way to feed external signals into the filter but, amazingly, this key feature has been omitted! On top of this, the variety of articulations that have been recorded and combined within the round-robin sample selection technology is insane. You get tremendous quality for the cost and the time spent building these libraries is inspiring. No high-pass filter is available, but then the original Mini had only a low-pass filter. The filter is modulated by a familiar filter envelope generator layout; this as well as the amplifier envelope generator function exactly like those found on the classic Minimoog. Having dragged the Monark ensemble into the main screen you can feast your eyes on the grey panel with its grey knobs what's the universal fascination with grey these days? Kits loaded with guitar licks and chords, and sampled electric bass provide the melodic foundation. Both synths sound incredibly good, can do polyphony, and do a huge range of sounds beyond a simple minimoog recreation.