Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a plucked synth sound, part of Learning Ableton Operator.
- FM synths create effective pluck-type sounds.…To set these up, you typically use sine waves…with the mod oscillator level set low.…Then dialing in just the right sound usually involves…a good deal of work with the amp and filter envelopes.…To start off with, I'm going to point out that we're using…a different algorithm this time.…We're using one that has two stacks.…The first stack is just oscillator A,…and the second stack has B as the carrier,…with C and D as the modulators.…And I'm going to disable B so that we can take a look at A.…
So this time, I've chosen a square wave.…But since oscillator A is not being modulated…by any of the other oscillators, the feedback parameter…is open, and what that allows us to do…is to take the signal from A and feed it back into itself,…and in this case, it takes the square wave…and it starts to morph it just a little bit more…like a sawtooth wave, which is just a little bit buzzier.…So the end result sounds like this.…(instrumental music)…So it's got a little bit of that square wavy tone to it,…
- 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