Simple FM Synthesis Sine Waves and Processors

Simple FM Synthesis Sine Waves and Processors

We often overestimate what we need in sound design. Sure we can use complex waveshapes and crazy processors, but we can reduce the process drastically and still achieve interesting results.

In this article, we’ll show how FM synthesis and some simple processors and can be used to take a few sine waves to an expressive and grungy bass patch. We’ll cover the steps we take, why we’re performing them, and create a sample patch along the way.

We’ll be showcasing the creation of this patch on Ableton Live’s Operator synth, a basic FM synth that has controls found on most (if not all) FM synthesisers. In the end, we’ll turn this basic low sine wave into an articulating neuro bass sound.

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