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Mononoke for dummies
I know that not everyone is going to read the manual, so I thought I might post some tips in this thread, because this synth is very different to a traditional synth - starting with the very basics which is note input.
So first of all Mononoke is not one synth, but two completely independent synths, each of which can play 4 notes. The 4 keys on the left control the left-hand synth, the 4 keys on the right control the right-hand synth:
The left-hand synth plays an octave lower than the right-hand one.
So at the most basic musical level you need to think carefully about which notes you want to assign to those keys. My first instinct was to use the 8 pads to assign notes in a scale, but that is really not going to produce the most musical results because the first four notes in the scale will be played in one voice, and the last four scale degrees in a completely different voice, and an octave higher. So you need to rethink the whole idea of a keyboard here and use a fresh approach.
One approach that could work is to consider the left-hand instrument as a musical bed, and assign notes as if you were making a chord progression, for example: A, C, E, A (with the second A an octave higher).
Then you assign 4 notes to the right-hand synth that play the role of a melody or lead, you could use the same notes, or a variation - but be careful choosing the intervals because how consonant or dissonant they are is going to affect the resulting sounds profoundly. Choosing octaves or fifths is going to be nicely harmonic, choosing 2nds, 4ths or 7ths is going be more dissonant.
So for example if you are using A minor you could assign the notes A, C, E, A to the left-hand synth and then assign some of the notes of the minor pentatonic scale to the right-hand synth, for example A, C, D, E or A, C, E, G.
If you wanted a Mixolydian flavour you could assign the notes C, E, G, A# to both sides (the results will be nicely musical).
But the main point to bear in mind is that you are limited to a very narrow range of notes, so choose those notes very carefully. The synth is designed for drones, so this makes perfect sense in that context.
And remember that these limitations still exist even if you are using an external controller, each of the two synths can only pay the notes that are assigned to the keys, notes outside of the mappings will simply be remapped.