Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing sounds quickly with the Easy/Morph window, part of Learning FM8.
- The Easy controls provide a convenient set of macro controls that allow for sound manipulations without having to bother about gorey details of FM Synthesis. So, let's dig in. Let's click on the Easy Morph tab here to the left. First off is the LFO section. This is a convenient way to add a little movement to your sound. The first knob here is Rate which changes the speed of the LFO. The knob to the right of that is the Vibrato knob. Let's see what it sounds like when we tweak these two knobs. (gentle synthesized music) Below that are the Tambre and Tremolo knobs.
These parameters are also tied to the Rate knob. (gentle synthesized music) To right are five knobs that control parameters like Harmonics, Detuning and Brightness. Harmonics works by raising or lowering the upper harmonics in the sound. (distorted rapid synthesized music) Brightness boosts the high end.
(gentle synthesized music) Detuning simply detunes the sound, more or less. (distorted synthesized music) And there are a couple additonal controls for Envelope Amount and Velocity. Moving on to the Output section. Stereo Width affects the spread of operators in the stereo field and we haven't gotten to operators yet but they're essentially the oscillators that make up the sound.
Positive values increase the width to create a wider stereo spread and negative values collapse the spread to the middle. (gentle synthesized music) Velocity sets how the velocity affects the overall output level. Positive values increase the velocity response while negative values decrease the response of velocity. (gentle synthesized music) The Volume slider changes the overall level of your sound.
(gentle synthesized music) Below here is the Amplitude Envelope settings. You can change Attack, Sustain, Decay, and Release. (rapid synthesized music) And to the right is a very basic effects wrack where you can adjust the master amount as well as turn on and off each effect. This is simply a redundant control that mirrors the Effects section.
(gentle synthesized music) Below are two buttons labelled Apply and Reset. After you've made changes to your sound here on the Easy page you can either hit Apply to commit to the settings or hit Reset to set all the values back to default. So, let's move on to the Morph square. The Morph square is a new FM8 feature for morphing between the Tamber characteristics of four FM8 sounds. You can choose those four sounds to produce new ones that you would possibly never have gotten when programming the FM8 the normal way.
Let's see how it works. First, let's go to the Browser page. What we'll do is find four sounds that we want to morph between and then drag them from the browser into each of the four corners of the square here at the top. So, we're gonna click Edit All and let's drag this one at the top left, drag Fifth Bells into the next one, this next one into the bottom left, and this one into the bottom right. So, now when we go to Easy Morph you'll see that there are patches that reflect each corner. Now, if we play the keyboard and move this red square with the mouse the sound will start to take on the sonic characteristics of whatever quadrant we're close to.
(distorted synthesized music) At the right edge and upper edge of the square are two sliders labelled Random Amount. When you move them a cloud out dots appears around the red square to indicate the range in which parameters are randomized. Each dot represents one parameter. The two sliders control the heighth and width of the cloud. (distorted synthesized music) And that's it for the Easy Morph page.
I hope that gave you a good overview so you can start tweaking sounds easily.