In-depth NI FM8 Envelope Tutorial – Exploring The Advanced Envelopes Of FM8

This fm8 envelope tutorial gives you a look under the hood of one of the most advanced envelope systems that any synth on the market offers, especially in the world of Frequency Modulation Synthesis. This video shows you, in detail, how they work and how you can use them for amazing results!

This is one of the better FM8 envelope tutorial we have found to feature here in quite some time. Very well thought out and presented expertly, if gives you all the information you need to know to get the most out of these incredible envelopes.

In many styles of music people are becoming increasingly more attracted to more complex and customized styles of modulation so this lesson is quite timely, as well. It is just the first in a short series that dives deep in the envelopes of FM8, so once you get through this one, you have some time to play around with what you’ve learned before checking back with us for the next one.

These envelopes give you almost limitless control over the shapes and loops you design in the studio. It is a basic ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain & Release) style envelope, but with the added bonuses of being able to add as many break points as you want and create loop regions inside of the envelope curve. I’m sure you can quickly imagine the kinds of things you can accomplish with this flexible technology, and the video shows several unique examples in just a few minutes time.

Each envelope also boasts an auto release and auto sustain feature as well. Giving you added control and more option sin how your sound behave, how they are triggered and how they are delivered.

Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of this system built into FM8 and it is one of the big reasons that this synth remains one of my favorites to work with, even though new programs are announced almost daily in this industry. It is just one of many reasons this synth from Native Instruments will continue to be relevant for many more years to come.

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Category: FM8 Tutorials
  • Daniel

    I really liked your more in depth FM8 – Acid Gritty Bass Tutorial. This one here about the envelopes is also very promising!

    Where is part 2? Not ready yet?

    Anyway. This is a nice work!