"I'm loving NI's Monark synth right now; best Mini emulation I've heard to date." – Tycho, from a [reddit AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/electronicmusic/comments/1cdpc5/i_am_scott_hansen_i_make_music_as_tycho_and/c9ft11h) In a separate [reddit thread](https://www.reddit.com/r/synthrecipes/comments/2qiduc/tycho_lead_sound/), a redditor asks about Tycho's lead sound, and references [his live performance of Awake](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9mvrHdWDgU). Tycho chimes in and says: > "I have been using the NI Monark Mini emulation for live shows and it's really close to the real thing. For some sounds it's almost indiscernible from a real mini. biggest difference seems to be the envelope attack (real minis are very fast) and just the way it feels when you're playing a real analog keyboard as opposed to midi > VSTi. Even with super low latency I feel like there's a perceptible disconnect when I'm playing. Maybe it's in my head though."more
On the surface, this looks like a Minimoog. Once you start digging in, you'll see there's a ton of little improvements that make this stand out really nicely. You have a nice selection of filters - from classic Moog filters to some downright amazing distorted filters. Admittedly I'm not very familiar with the original article, but what this adds on top is really handy personally.