Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an ambient FM pad sound, part of Up and Running with Ableton Operator.
- Sometimes, the common saw type pad is just too thick…to fit in a mix.…When you run into this problem, try using an FM pad instead.…Let's take a look at how we can do this in Operator,…and while were at it, we'll add chorus delay…and even a bit of reverb to create an ambient sound.…We're going to see some similarities to things…that we've done in other videos, and we'll also see…a couple of new things here.…So To start off with, we're looking at Operator here…and I've chosen the algorithm that has two stacks.…So A is a carrier and C is a carrier,…with B modulating A and D modulating C.…
And as I page through here, you'll see that these are all…sine waves.…Now you'll notice that I've got just a little bit…of detuning, and if we listen to the bottom stack,…you'll hear that, that gives us kind of the body…of the sound.…(instrumental music)…Now if I hold the note, you'll hear a little bit…of that detuning.…So what I've done here is I've just bumped oscillator…fine-tuning up just a tiny little bit,…then I pulled the core setting on oscillator B…
- Choosing an oscillator waveshape
- Customizing oscillator waveshapes
- Sculpting sound with filters and filter envelopes
- Creating motion with LFOs
- Creating process EP, house bass, ambient FM, and other synth sounds