FM synthesis Pt2 (Pad)

For this patch i wanted to recreate a pad that had evolves from a quick attack pluck synth to a more longer release pad synth. For this i have inputted the midi above and i have set the tempo to 120 bpm. For the synth i have used Logic’s stock Retro Synth and inputted FM as my synthesizer setting.

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To achieve the evolving sound i set out to do, i automated the harmonic setting within the synthesizer to bring in more harmonic content to the midi data.

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for this patch, i have set the FM value to low as a foundation for the sound and ive automated the harmonic content to bring in more frequencies. As for the inharmonic ive set it to zero as to not detune the overall sound and keep it musically correct.As for the shape ive set it to max to follow the envelope ive set. Ive also set the mix halfway between the carrier and the modulation to make the most of the FM synthesis.

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Ive set the EQ to a low pass shelf eq and filtered the FM via a filter envelope. This creates the pluck sound ive set out to achieve and it also reduces the more harsher higher frequencies as to not bring in more harmonic content that could detune the overall chords.

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Ive also inputted a chorus FX into the synthesizer which detunes the chords by very tiny cents to give a more unisoned sound and to harmonically enhance the notes i have already got without losing its musical intent.

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Ive also increase the sine levels to provide a sub bass layer to the sound to provide a more fuller sounding synth and to make it less dry.

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As for the carrier, i have inserted a triangle wave LFO to modulate the sound and to not make it sound flat.I have also synced it to my tempo as to not deviate the LFO into its own timing.Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 4.43.41 pm

For the filter envelope, i have set the sustain higher than the AMP envelope since i wanted to evolve the sound to a have a higher sustain along the way. As for the AMP envelope, i have set the attack to give a very slow increase in amplitude before the full dynamic range is achieved. this also reduces the harsh noises that are produced from the very first second of the patch and gives it a more smoother sounding attack.

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