Some tips I found useful from the 500 page old forum, kudos for users who post this:
HPF keytracking off
I turn HPF keytracking off almost all the time as it tends to thin out the timbre in the higher registers. It is essential to turn off keytracking for thru machines and effects, otherwise you’ll end up being one of those “the monomachine sounds thin” people. LPF keytracking is good for most synth-y things. Not as good for percussion and effects. Try different things, see what sounds right to you.
VERY IMPORTANT : FIRST turn OFF the keyboard tracking of both filters!!!
KIT > ASSIGN > KEY > HPF and LPF has to be in OFF!!!
How To Load These Free Wavetables On The Monomachine:
Download and unzip the waveform-file
Download and install C6 from Elektron.se
Open C6, click “configure” and make sure you set the MIDI Out port of your MIDI device
Connect a MIDI-cable from the MIDI Out port of your MIDI-device to the MIDI-IN port of the Monomachine
Click “Load” in C6, and load all of the waveforms that you unzipped earlier
Highlight all the waveforms in C6 and click the “DigiPro”-button inside C6 (this will convert the .wav files to .syx)
Fire up your Monomachine. Click Function+Global, choose whichever slot you like, scroll down to “File”, select “DigiPro MGR”, select “Receive” and finally select “Org” – the Monomachine will blink “Waiting”.
Highlight all the files in C6 and click “Send”.
The Monomachine should now be receiving the .syx files, wait until the 64th file has been received, click Yes (or No, I can’t quite remember) when this is done, the Monomachine will then show a bar loading the waves.
That’s it. New sounds to play with.
No problem for string pads. You have the Superwave ensemble which enables triggering 4 notes simultaneously (or playing the chord from a midi keyboard by playing one note) without going into polymode.
Lush pads with the Mono:
-some nice slow LFO’s routed to the EQ and Filter section parameters can really at some nice atmospheric pads. also, with the slow attack and long release tip, add some delay to make a mono sound a bit ‘bigger’.
The delay parameters on the mono seem a little funny, granted it makes sense.
delay times instead of even numbers like 8, 16, 32, 48, 64 are dropped one number down to 7, 15, 31, 47, 63 to make perfect delays with the tempo.
Creating Atmospheric Textures MnM:
basically, distortion down a bit (around -10; so the EQ isn’t as “harsh”)
then turn filter tracking off for both HPF and LPF (in Assign; the last tab on the right; Tracking)
AND that example you showed was drained in dark reverb, so make a reverb track…
you might want to do it like this as well:
Track 1 Synth (No Output)
Track 2 Reverb (Neighbor - Output A/
With that setup you’ll only hear what goes through the reverb
Holding Function + Copy/Paste/Clear at the same time for a few seconds will bring up the ‘super’ window. Giving you tons of options for each.
Pressing ‘Scale/Page’ (bottom lower left) + Copy/Paste/Clear will allow you to quickly Copy/Paste/Clear that Scale/Page. Trust me, it’s handy.
MM pads? Advice?
make sure to set the filters NOT to track when you have paddy stuff going on.
Trigless trigs = triggers for filters and other parameters without trigging notes.
hold function key and press the trig buttons until they go green.
Never Ending Soundscapes?
go into the transpose menu, select fix and the scale you want, go into arp, set it slow (x30 or whatever, trigger a scale of notes on the mono seq (c1-c2 and all in between), set the arp to random over 3 octave and you have loveliness.
This part of the arp/sequence relationship is the thing I love about the mnm most atm. Put it into polly mode like this too…
Amp Trig Page:
In the MnM, tracks are more complex than in the MD. But with the Amp Trig page, you get a lot of spontanity. Just “mute” single notes by removing their Amp Trig, without affecting the melody, p-locks whatever programmed in the main page.
For example, imagine a drum beat on one track, BD 4 on the floor and hihats on the 16th in between. Usually quite static on the Monomachine without possibility to mute parts of it. Now, press Trig Select once and press the Hihat trigs so they switch to green. In this window you can set and remove trigs however you like. In this example, trigs in the 4th’s will always play back the BD and on the trigs in between Hihats. Of course, this can also be used for melodies. Great!
fx machines are your friends here like you say, remember to use the delay-per-track for chained delay lines. Also, setting the resonance up high on the fx machines makes you hear the fx pitched to the root note of the sequences, really useful for those kind of magical soundscapes where you swear the resonance is making a “hidden” melody.
What do you use to make you MonoMachine sound fatter?
In the AMP section Dist -10 opened the world of lush warm phat sounds for me on the Monomachine.
MnM: Loosing work
Kits and patterns are disconnected when it comes to how everything is stored.
- Kits must be saved after every tweak you want to keep
- Patterns are automatically saved as you build, but is seperate from kit saving.
- If you make a pattern with a kit you put together, forget to save, the pattern will still be there just with a different/empty kit.