Helpful Tips For Getting More Out of FM8 Effects: Part 2
In part two of this month’s series we look at how to use the cabinet, EQ, talk wah and chorus/delay effects more efficiently in FM8.
Using the right tool for the right job becomes very important in sound design. Knowing exactly what an effect does can mean the difference between choosing your effects wisely or just using them because they are your disposal. That means you sometimes have to tweak knobs to the extreme to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes with a certain effect. Because FM8’s effects are pretty unique, you might want to get acquainted them.
One of the coolest features of FM8’a effects section is that there is an assortment of guitar amp and guitar cab effects. These type effects are much different sonically from other distortion/bit crushing effects that are popular. There are a total of 10 cabinet choices in FM8, all capable of producing a different type of sound. Play around with all 10 and take note of which ones might work best for a bass sound and which ones will work best for leads etc. That way, next time you are in the middle of creating a track you don’t have to spend as much time playing around with knobs, you can go for that perfect cabinet that you already know will help make your bass sound bigger.
FM’s effects section includes a really usable vowel filter that is called the talk whah. It’s like a baby WOW by Sugar Bytes. This effect is great for those vocal dubstep growls and even pads!
Finally, FM8’s chorus/delay effect is one the more interesting delays I’ve ever seen inside a synth. Learn how to use it as a delay or as a chorus effect or both.