Understanding FM8 Envelopes
There are more people discovering FM8 every single day and we know that every once in a while it is a good idea to revisit some of the basics for that very reason. It’s also helpful for seasoned users to be reminded from time to time as to how things work and possibly find inspiration for new new ideas in their projects. The incredibly flexible FM8 envelopes are something that make this synth stand apart from other FM synths out there because it makes just about anything possible. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that if you can imagine it, FM8 can probably make it!
This lessons starts out with a basic explanation of the FM8 envelopes and how they are set up and how the various parts of the envelope may affect sounds. Functions such as the Link feature are also discussed. This particular feature can be a huge time saver in setting up multiple Operator Envelopes that you know will have the same or similar curves. Attack and Release are explained with both visual and audible reinforcements to make it easy to understand fully.
Looping within FM8 envelopes is also covered in this video tutorial. This is a perfect time to explain how to add more break points and really begin manipulating sustained sounds, to the point of programming sequences and very advanced modulation schemes. Sustain and Release modes are discussed, as are the reasons why you may want to experiment with using them. A few things not touched on in this video are saving and loading Presets, using the Key Sync feature and how the Key Scaling and Velocity Scaling features can be used to make more dynamic instruments. Of course, all of this will be shared in future posts. In the meantime try searching for the keyword ‘Envelope’ here in our tutorials section of the website to learn even more about FM8 envelopes!
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