WELCOME TO PHAT MONKEYHello and welcome to my humble Phat Monkey homepage, I come from Wales in the United Kingdom, I have been producing music for a long time under various guises and over the years I have also been involved in the Dj side of things. I began the annual mix series Ibiza Beach Bar Grooves a while ago, volume 1 (2015) reached BeatPort House Mix chart at position 8 and volume 2 reached chart position 14 (2016) but on August 4rth 2017 the mix re-entered the Beatport mix charts at position 9 and reached mix chart position 4 on August 9th 2017 which to be honest was off the hook crazy, with that said I would like to thank all you awesome people over the globe for your support. I will be continuing the mix series but also on the production side I will be producing music under my new moniker ‘Phat Monkey’ with various genre flavours within the electronic realm, I do not like being held down by any one specific genre of music. If you have any questions feel free to ask me, I am nobody special, just a normal humble approachable laid back guy on a journey through life same as you. All that is left for me to say now is peace love and respect, may your journey lead you to your chosen destination xXx
IBIZA BEACH BAR GROOVESThe mix series was born from friends going on holiday to Ibiza and other places around the globe and loved the music but could not get hold of what they may have heard or in some cases did not know what they were looking for. I used to DJ between the years 1998 - 2006 and never truly gave it up, over the years I have continuously created mixes mainly at my own expense for others. Few years ago BeatPort opened the doors to Djs and their mixes giving them more of an incentive to do so by earning from sales, this was great for people like myself that would only buy music for the mix and set the music aside after as it becomes expensive over time. I then began the Ibiza Beach Bar Grooves series and could not believe the response it received, volume one (2015) reached BeatPort House mix charts at position eight followed by volume two (2016) at position fourteen and as of August 9th 2017 after re-entering the mix charts it reached chart position four! We are a little surprised to say the least how a mix can re-enter the charts but we suspect people going and coming back from holiday has helped with this unusual anomaly, thank you! By the time volume two came about I had teamed up with Alta an Ibiza resident that had access to which songs were being played on the party island, together we worked on volume two ensuring the mix was as legitimate as possible for the ibiza fan base. On Twitter several Ibiza bars and companies shared our mix online which also gave us a little boost which we are grateful for.
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THINGS THAT GO BOOM BOOMOver the years I have been producing music under various guises such as Ryan Anthony for TV, video promotions, documentary films and more, I also released some music both independently and on respected labels, but the truth is I have completely divorced my past monikers hence the new moniker ‘Phat Monkey’ was born. At first I thought about creating Phat Monkey just for the Ibiza mixes but once a music producer always a music producer. I began thinking of music that would compliment such a fun spontaneous character, with that said I began producing a vocal House track drawing influences from Deep House and maybe touching on Garage and all that magical feel good boomage. I am always open for collaboration with anyone that takes themselves seriously and if you think that is you then please hit me up, use the contact link on the navigation. Below is a video of one of the songs I am currently working on right now, it is in the early production stages which means things may change but the basic foundation is there to work upon, the demo snippet begins with the chorus leading into a verse.
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MUSIC TIPS BY PHAT MONKEYI network closely with professionals that have made it in the industry and many share common ground rules when it comes to various elements in the mix including bass, this is one of the ways to make your bass wide in EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Record or print your bass with no effects, which ever terminology you prefer, (if your bass is recorded on a stereo track read on, if its a mono signal skip to the next paragraph) and make a duplicate, next make one of the bass tracks mono on your stereo track, in Pro Tools this is achieved by hard panning left and right to 0, set a low pass of the mono track around 135hz - 150hz, use your ears. Next on the stereo bass track (panned 100 left 100 right) set the hi pass to around 160hz-170hz and again listen to fine tune the crossover frequency, try using around 24db filter. Now that you have your stereo bass and still maintain the mono sound, next get creative, you can use a distortion plugin for the stereo, use a different combination of side EQ processing and so on. You might want to consider compressing the mono track hard, not to hard but just to make sure it remains tight. Play the mono bass and slowly bring up the stereo bass you created until they sound nice and fit together. Do not be tempted to add distortion to the mono sound, sure it might sound great but you risk making things muddy. Some DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation) are not set up like Pro Tools so another way of doing the above and with much more control is to create 3 versions of the bass, one in mono, then split the stereo one into 2 mono hard panned left and a hard panned right signal tracks. In fact many do this anyway as you will have much more control to get creative by treating them separately, EQ differently, maybe add a stereo delay or chorus on one etc. The possibilities are endless we could go on and on. HINT:If you only have a mono version of the bass, the above still works by spitting it into 3 tracks, remember you are creating your own stereo whether you begin with a stereo bass signal or a mono bass the end result are the same. You can even get creative by using a different bass instrument for the higher (stereo effect) frequencies which is commonly known as layering the bass… Some professionals will tell you there are no rules, make your own, trust me there are some rules, it’s just they choose not to share it as they have paid for that knowledge and believe you should do the same, in a way I agree, but I do not think a payment should always be about money. I have seen countless tutorials on the internet giving free advice and a simple thank you is payment enough for these kind people that have chosen to share it! Another method to consider and preferred by me..... Use an EQ that has a mid side processing, you can remove the side info below 150hz and raise the side frequencies in the higher spectrum which will also give you that stereo bass with a mono bottom…..Ryan Anthony | www.PhatMonkey.meWorking with Pro Tools can be frustrating and setting your computer up correctly can be overwhelming for first time producers, in the video below I have coved the basics to get you started, these optimisation tips will also work for other digital audio workstations.Sitting the kick drum in key by Ryan Anthony 22/05/2017The following is a chart with two examples to help you decide where to sit the kick drum in Key with your track in relation to the root key, many producers especially in electronic based music will place the kick drum on the perfect fifth, click the chart to enlarge it.
Optimising PC for Pro Tools by Ryan Anthony 04/01/2017
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One Hour With Phat Monkey £50Spend over one hour with Ryan Anthony in his small home studio in Cardigan South West Wales and learn the basics of music production techniques using Pro Tools 12, how to set up a session, the basics of compression, eq, learn reverb techniques, setting up buses and parallel compression, learn which music software and other equipment you may require to suit your genre of music and much more to get you started on the right path! Although Ryan uses Pro Tools 12 the same logic applies to all major DAW (Digital Audio Work Station). Holding over six distinctions in music Ryan has been involved with music one way or another since 1999 and you can be assured that this course will be beneficial to you if you are starting out.To request a booking or more information please: EMAILAll bookings will be subject to a non refundable deposit of £15Courses run between 1pm - 4pm | Thursday-Friday-Saturday | Other days may be available on request