wagtunes wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:38 am
For certain sounds, like bells, certain types of keys, etc. yes. But for the most part, no. I find the FM sound too harsh and/or sterile. I almost never go for an FM pad over an analog one. Leads? Sometimes, but not often.
Basically, not an FM fan, which is why I have only one FM based plugin (FM8) and have never made a library for an FM synth.
FM is not FM. Every FM Synth I have tried has different Options and also sounded different.
DX7 vs SY77 or MODX is no Comarison and FM8 sounds horrible if you ask me. Pure Harshness. And don´t forget that Bazille is FM, too :
DUNE3 vs Zebra is no Comparison either.
ZEBRA is superior concerning Capabilities, but it sounds hard/harsh and the FM Amount is generally higher, even with low Values for the Amount. It sounds completely different. As I have discovered lately DUNEs FM is much softer and can be used "subtle". Conclusion: same Parameters does not mean same Results. Sometimes they may be shocking different!
Note: FM is not just about Bells and E-Pianos. It all depends on the Synth and the People behind it.
Listen to the wonderful Sounds of Yamaha SY 77, MODX or Montage. There are really impressive FM Pads out there... (Remark: they also use AWM = Sampling Technology).
I´d strongly recommend to get a Feeling for the big Variety of different Synths and the different Results. I have experienced that the ones with the greatest Value and Possibilities are usually not the ones that make the best Sounds. It´s more about the Sound than the Possibilities. Some Synths with - theoretically - endless Possibilities failed my Tests quickly, because they were true EDM Monsters incapable of softer Spectrums. The Demos and Patches are are quiet god Indicators as I have discovered. Only EDM/Trance Sound, Loudness and lots of Modulation? > probably a Flop if you like Clariry, Sweetness and ... Love Songs
A little Example / Demo of a nice soft Pad I have made without in depth Knowledge of FM:
I tried to reproduce it with Zebra 2 and didn´t even get close. The same 3 OP Setup in Zebra sounded horrible, because the FM Amount in Zebra was higher with a Setting of 2 already. ZEB has a completely different Implememtation of FM. To say it positive: ZEB seems better for "consistant" Sounds, but its FM is simply horrible if you are looking for Softness.