Sound Design Tutorial: Funky Lead Sounds w/ Native Instruments Monark Synthesizer

In this tutorial, Dubspot sound design instructor and course designer Evan Sutton (aka Astrolith) demonstrates how to make funky lead sounds using Native Instruments’ newest software synthesizer, Monark, which is modeled after the iconic the Minimoog monophonic analog synthesizer.

Native Instruments is well known for making some of the best soft synths around, and the company has had a hand in defining the sound of digital synthesis. They are not strangers to the analog modeling world, however (remember Pro-53?), and are jumping back in head first with their newest offering, Monark.  In this tutorial, I will show you some techniques for creating a buttery, funky lead sound using Monark. This is a straight forward synthesizer, so we’ll keep it simple with just the right amount of glide, vibrato, and feedback. - Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton a.k.a. Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He also helped develop Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at and

Become fluent in the language of sound design with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers most common synthesis methods available for music production in the DAW of your choice.

Discovering the right sound is like finding a needle in the digital haystack. Learn the fundamentals to make this easier, and gain the depth of knowledge to make a good sound better. Factory content is great, but everyone has it – your mix needs something special.

What’s Included:

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete 8
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Instruments
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming

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Evening Classes: July 31, 2013;  Wednesday and Friday, 6:15pm-9pm

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