I got the vision, I know what doesn't work, just cant get from point a to b and it's frustrating as hell!
throwing a mic stand into a perfectly good monitor type frustrating. Shit! this is the only thing I suck at, distortion on polysynth.
Since I play guitar and drums, one of the first things I was doing in Fruity Loops 4 back in a day was to just slap distortion on synths, I wasn't a synth guy, I just wanted to experiment.
However, one day I figured out that it's not just about distortion but it's also about waveforms.
For example, when you just go and slap some random waveform like this in Sytrus:
this waveform will give you nasty sound, it's distorted without distortion effect.
The difference is that with distortion effect you have artifacts all over the place, but with this kind of waveform you don't have those artifacts, the sound is different, it's clean and distorted at the same time,
let's call it a "clinically clean distortion".
Then, you apply unison and you have that fat, distorted bass sound with ease, when you lower down the pitch by -24 and place notes in lower octaves, like C3, D3 notes.
All of this is done in 15 seconds and you just used 1 operator, or oscillator.
Then you can move to 2nd stage to combine that with other operators, to use Sytrus in a typical FM way or for example to combine that sound with a simple sinewave in other operator, to "fill" the sound with sub bass.
I can't talk about FM8 because I never even had it.
If someone told me to create some fat, big, distorted bass sound, I would just go straight to Sytrus and do things I mentioned. It's not something new, I was doing it way back in Fruity Loops 4 because at that time I was interested in breakbeat, big beat, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Propellerheads and stuff like that. So, you have drums and then you need some distorted bass sound.
At first I was sampling my guitar, creating my own loops, I would use Fruity as a drum machine and record crap load of riffs and shit and later on chopping them, changing pitch and stuff, everything was on beat, then I started exploring synths and Sytrus was way complicated for me at that time, but I started learning it by just sitting for days and weeks creating nothing but distorted bass sounds, moving step by step...
After all, there is a good reason why FM synths become popular among dubstep and aggressive dnb genres artists because you can create all those nasty, distorted bass sounds and growls with ease and at the same time everything sounds clinically clean.
I mean, you have people like SeamlessR who created crap load of tutorials and gave presets from tutorials he created. Basically, you have him creating the same thing but in million different ways.
The difference is when you take subtractive synth and use sawtooth waveform and then use distortion on it, you'll have artifacts all over the place. However, if you open Sytrus and slap some nasty waveform, you'll have a clinically clean distortion and then you apply unison on it to "even" up the sound and you can use waveshaper in Sytrus to add additional distortion.
I mean, if you just look at that waveform in the picture, it's how distorted sound visually looks like, you can see how peaks in waveform are cut off, it's like increasing the gain and using limiter and the sound sounds distorted.
It's the same thing when you take electric guitar and set gain to zero. You start increasing it all the way up to 10 and you get distorted electric guitar sound and you when you record it, it looks like this:
Now, the difference is that the source for guitar is a string, the same way when use xyz synth and then apply distortion on it, but when you create a custom waveform, your source is a nasty waveform, oscillator itself and that's why you don't have artifacts, but you can actually control distortion by changing waveform.
This is all related to that sound in video, because that sound is generic to me, there's no any crazy rocket science in that, it's just fat, deep, sound with unison and maybe some stereo enhancer was used to widen up the sound a bit and then you have a separate sinewave used as a sub bass.
Distortion + unison = fat, deep, massive sound.