What is Frequency Modulation Part 2: Simple Ratios
This is the follow up video we posted on the theory and basic mechanics of frequency modulation synthesis, helping to demystify this approach of sound design.
This video goes deeper into the fundamentals of FM synthesis and focuses on the importance of ratios and how they are applied and function. Keep in mind that everything covered here is absolutely applicable in FM8 as well. These are the basic core ideas behind how the waves behave alone and with each other when we combine them during sound design sessions, no matter what kind of FM synth we happen to be using. This series is being shared because it is easy to follow and you have the opportunity to actually see the cause and effect represented in the waveform included in the video. Something that is really quite helpful.
This lesson also touches on envelopes and how they not only work to affect a sound and change how it develops and is delivered, but also how it can automate the change of many parameters over the course of time. Also explained is how important routing is and how you have many options available to you in how you go about not only creating your sounds but how you alter and modulate your sounds through FM synthesis. In FM8, this is actually very easy and quite intuitive with the grid matrix interface, where you can see and make changes to all of your routing by simply clicking and dragging you mouse. A huge leap forward in useability and accessibility for you, the user.
Hopefully these videos have helped to clarify things a bit for you, especially with having the chance to see the sounds in action as they develop. If you have more basic questions about FM Synthesis and FM8, please let us know by leaving a comment below or sending us a message.