Sound Design Using the Arpeggiator + Morphing With Native Instruments FM8 (303 Acid bassline)
Sound Design Using the Arpeggiator + Morphing With Native Instruments FM8 tutorial. Some priceless pointers on sound design in general, but also shows off the powerful arpeggiator and morphing features which are very unique.
These are actually two of my favorite features in FM8 and why it quickly became one of my favorite all-time frequency modulation synths. With just a few clicks, twists and slides in the arpeggiator you go from a single note to a truly original and much more interesting sequence. They way it has been designed gives you an amazing amount of control while also providing the chance at completely unexpected variations through the use of the randomize features.
One thing that many people often overlook is the fact you can actually morph between more than just presets/instruments. Evan does a great job of explaining how you can take advantage of this! You can also use the morph feature with the large majority of parameters throughout FM8, and this means a limitless amount of potential and possibilities for evolution and development of your sounds.
We’ll start with a classic FM pair, which consists of two oscillators, each loaded with sine waves. Once a usable tone has been created, movement is introduced by adjusting the modulator’s amplitude envelope. The arpeggiator in FM8 is designed to take incoming notes and build a new sequence according to the settings in the Pattern Editor. It blurs the line between step sequencer and arpeggiator, as it has a step matrix, with many flexible features. The last step is to create some variations on the sound. FM8’s morphing capabilities allow for four different patches to be transitioned between (morphed). Remember that not all parameters in FM8 can be morphed. All FM8 library patches have four morph variations built in. Once the sound is complete, it’s time to jam. We’ll add MIDI control for the morph box in the host DAW, and fire away.
Yet again, another solid tutorial from DubSpot.