Thomas Arndt

Thomas had his first contact with music tools some time in the 90’s, with ProTracker on its Amiga 500 with a 512kb memory extension! At the same time, he tried to develop his first game with an old basic dialect, but it took him a few more decades to become a real C++ programmer. Since 2010, he has been developing his own music tools, and video tutorials. Some of his friends say he's an alien, because he uses cables as room decoration, and talks about mystic things like vocoders or synthesizers. It just doesn’t compute with him that someone wouldn’t be fascinated, by something so essential as a sequencer or synthesizer.

Updated: Monique the Bass Synth to Version 1.0.2.

It took a while, but here it is: Monique 1.0.2 has a better demo mode and you can test all the features of the pro version now. Only one limitation is left – there is a periodical returning noise and this is not a malfunction. :-)

Another important fix: the arpeggiator and LFOs didn’t work if the DAW transport was not enabled. Now the Monique synth plugin works perfectly well if your DAW is “sleeping”.

But that’s not all. Version 1.0.2 adds a 32-bit AU beside the 64-bit AU plugin. A few bugs have been fixed and some things improved:

  • improved: increased the help popup time from 1 to 3 secs
  • removed: arpeggiator auto restart
  • fixed: delay panorama left-right was inverted

For our French and Spanish friends, we have added French and Spanish translations to the website. And for my own people, I took a look in my own dictionary and added a German translation as well ;-). At the moment, we’re working on a French user manual for our synth and after that it will be time to start on the Spanish translation.

Haven’t tested Monique yet? Download your free synthesizer demo version and try it out indefinitely.

What else?

Additionally, I’d like to mention that the Monique licence comes with free lifetime support, like the B-Step Sequencer licence. And if you buy both products together, you will save 20 bucks.

Sincerely,
Thomas



Have you already watched the Monique Morphing Tutorial Video?


Check out the complete video tutorial series: “How This Synthesizer Work”.

B-Step Sequencer – Small Video Collection

Have you checked out the B-Step Sequencer online user manual yet? There, you can find some nice short instructional videos, which I’ve collected together for you in a short 5 minute post (about two minutes of text and three minutes videos ;-)).

Let’s start with the first cool function on the list: Sequencer Ratcheting. Sequencer Ratcheting, or Step Repeats its also known, retriggers an enabled step for a defined number of times. Furthermore, B-Step comes with some smart functions that allow you to change a number of aspects, such the distance between each repeat, the duration of each repeat, the note value or the velocity for each step. To keep the repeats in harmony, a note filter only allows note values from the defined chords. Why not take a look yourself at this video…

Interface Legend, Layer: Repeats 1 (REP1 button on the left)

  • Step Repeats: Define how many repeats this step will have.
  • Don’t Roll Repeat: If enabled, the sequencer will stay on this step until the last repeat is triggered.
  • Repeat Interval: The distance between each repeat.
  • Repeat Interval Offset: Increase or decrease the interval per repeat.
  • Repeat Duration Offset: Increase or decrease the duration of each repeat.
  • Skip Repeat: If enabled, the repeat will not be triggered.

Interface Legend, Layer: Repeats 2 (REP2 button on the left)

  • Repeat Velocity Offset: Similar to Repeat Duration Offset, but increases or decreases the velocity of each repeat.
  • Repeat Note Offset: Similar to Repeat Duration Offset, but increases or decreases the step root note value by half-tones for each repeat.
  • Free Notes: Disables the look-up for the best matching notes – see above.

For more details, take a look at the B-Step Sequencer Manual: Sequencer Ratcheting, Step Repeats.

Just four global sliders, but they have the groove! I’m sure you’ll like B-Step’s shuffle feature.

A short description: With the first of the four shuffle function sliders, you can define the shuffle grid (SHFL), while the second one defines the delay (>>) for the steps on the grid, the third one reduces the velocity (VELO) for the steps on the grid and the last one changes the duration of each step on the grid (DURA).

For more details, take a look at the B-Step Sequencer Manual: Shuffle, Swing.

Are you already a B-Step user? Try it out and download your free B-Step Sequencer demo version for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Raspberry Pi.

See you next time in the category B-Step Sequencer for two longer tutorial videos: How to create an Arpeggio and B-Step in a Live Performance.

Sincerely,
Thomas

The Monique Morphing Tutorial – How This Synthesizer Work

Morphing gives you the capabilities of 8 different programs in one! This is perfect for real-time jamming, and live performances…

…I wrote this in the first Monique post, but still, how does morphing work? Right, it’s not the most intuitive feature in this synthesizer and I know as good as you that nobody reads the f****** user manual. So we have prepared this 7-minute video to guide you in using Monique’s powerful morphing feature so you can get the best out of the eight synthesizer presets in one.


And? I mean this is so much fun, and easy once you get the hang of it! :-)

You can use this feature to not only mix existing presets, but also evolve what you have, like in a live jam session, and find your way back at the end of the song, but more about that in another video. If you are interested in this, take a look at the user manual point 7.2 or the German user manual.

Have you already watched the first video of this tutorial series Monique Basics Tutorial (Version 2)? That 20-minute video will help you to understand the basics of Monique, like the filter routing or how to set up an ADSR envelope > continue reading.

If you like, we’ll see you next time with the open video “Monique as a Loop Station” – additionally, I think it is time to explain some technical stuff, like configuring slider handling or input smoothing!

Sincerely,
Thomas

Monique the Synthesizer is out!

Today I’m happy to open the Monoplugs Company Blog, with very special news! “Monique is out,” along with an exclusive tutorial video to help you court her accordingly.

What’s Monique? Monique is a monophonic, subtractive, digital synthesizer with the focus to create raw bass and lead sounds like you know from the analogue world. Still not impressed? Tough crowd, but understandable! Along with these brilliant capabilities, is Monique’s custom morphing feature. Morphing gives you the capabilities of 8 different programs in one! This is perfect for real-time jamming, and live performances. Not only that, you can also evolve one of the existing presets – or you can use it for sound and rhythm design, by turning on one or more of the four Morph LFO’s.

Whether you’re a professional or a newcomer, Monique is a bit different – you should really watch the Monique Basics Video. In the introductory 20-minute video, we explain Monique from the first click to the completed composition! Run through the basics with us here:


Did you already download your free demo version? You can test Monique free for an unlimited time (with just a few restrictions). Trust me, you’ll have a lot fun with her without knowing anything about synthesizers!

If you’re completely new to synthesizers, or specifically just Monique, you can take the manual to the left hand, Monique to the right, and read the manual from top to bottom (or you can just wait for the next tutorial).

One more thing I have to tell you – when I talk about we, I’m referring to a team of creatives who escort me from the first alpha build of a new product, all the way to what you see as a public consumer. For that, I’d like to thank my friends who helped me with Monique: Adrian Simon, Alex Fellows, Andreas Grässer, Anne Dietrich, Electro, Fernando Manuel Rodrigues, Ingo Weidner, Leon von Bokhorst, Matthias Culmey, Reg Griffiths, Tim Charlemagne and many more. Thank you! I’m already looking forward to the next stuff we’ll brew :-)

If you have any questions relating to Monique, B-Step, or would like to propose a new tutorial video – you can contact me via the “Thomas” at our company: “Monoplugs.com”. We welcome even the simplest questions, and weirdest (audio-related) requests! ;-)

See you next time with: *Monique’s Morphing Feature and Monique as Loop Station!

Sincerely,
Thomas

*If you are interested, take a look at point 7 and 8 in the user manual (German version). There, you can learn something about the looping and morphing features to stay ahead of the game!