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FM 101 Article Series

FM-101
FM Synthesis: What's the history behind it, how does it work - and how to make it work for you.
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FM 101, Part Five: Expanding Your Sound

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Howard Massey's FM 101 series continues with more excellent FM programming tips using multiple operators.
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SynthBits: FM Synthesis Video by madFame

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Check out this great video from madFame!
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FM 101, Part Six: Complex Systems

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Howard Massey's FM 101 series concludes with a look at parallel modulators, parallel carriers and modulator cascades.
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FM101, Part One: Discovering Digital FM...John Chowning Remembers

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Jerry Kovarsky chats with Dr. John Chowning, discoverer of the FM Algorithm.
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FM 101, Part Two: The Basics

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Check out Part two of our FM101 Series by Howard Massey.
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FM 101, Part Three: The Magic of Modulation

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Part Three of the FM 101 series is positively magical!
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FM 101, Part Four: Going from Static to Dynamic

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Part Four of FM 101 explores how sounds change over time.
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Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 3

Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 3
The conclusion of Scott Brackett’s CX5M and C1 Music Computers exploration.
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Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 2

Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 2
Part 2 of Scott's journey into the world of the CX5M and C1 Music Computers.
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Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 1

Scott Brackett: RSVP (Retro Synth Video Program) Part 1
The Brackett is Backett with the RSVP Series!
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Manny's FM-Xplorations: Article 1

Manny's FM-Xplorations: Article 1
Welcome to the first article in the Dr. Manny Fernandez FM-Xploration Series! A longtime FM programmer who contributed sounds for the DX7II, SY77, SY99 FS1R and DX200  - Manny Fernandez shares lots of tips and tricks in this highly informantive series.
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Intro to FM Synthesis

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Intro to FM Synthesis
An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha Reface DX architecture - the first in a new series.
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Solo Brass Voices

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Solo Brass Voices

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial series focusing on the Yamaha Reface DX Architecture - Lesson 2.

In this session we will embark on our first example in programming specific Voices from scratch: solo brass voices. Brass voices permeate and inform the many sounds of our life - from pop, jazz, R&B to movie soundtracks. Let's get started.
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Ensemble Brass Voices

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Ensemble Brass Voices

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha Reface DX Architecture - Lesson 3.

In the last lesson, you learned how to program Solo Brass Voices (if you missed it, check it out here). Now experience how to enrich your repertoire - and sound - by creating Ensemble Brass Voices.
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Lead Sounds

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Lead Sounds

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha reface DX architecture - Lesson 6

Hopefully with the articles so far, you've been able to gain a reasonable understanding and 'ear experience' with how FM synthesis behaves. This article is going to put together many of the concepts discussed prior in this series and take a little deeper dive into FM than in the previous articles. We are going to do this as we go into another area where FM synthesis is very effective and powerful – lead sounds.
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Wrapping up – Advanced Tips, Tricks & FM Quirks

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Wrapping up – Advanced Tips, Tricks & FM Quirks

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha reface DX architecture - Lesson 7

For this final article, I'll build on the concepts covered in prior articles and discuss some advanced tips, tricks - and unusual FM quirks - I've learned in my 30+ years of programming Yamaha FM synthesizers. These advanced concepts can help you to twist your sound creations in some unique and personal ways. Four tricks & quirks I'm going to discuss are: Velocity Tricks; Envelope Level Tricks; Detuning Quirks; and, Fixed Frequency Sub-Audio Carriers. So, off we go!
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Synth Pads

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Synth Pads

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha Reface DX architecture - Lesson 4.

For this article, I'm going to delve into an area where FM synthesizers like the Reface DX are especially versatile -- the creation of pad sounds. Because of the amount of harmonic (overtone) content that can be created by even just a single modulator, FM synthesis is capable of creating a vast array of evolving and shifting pad sounds and timbres. The first place to start in constructing your pad sound is the Algorithm – which one to choose?
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Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Bass Sounds

Manny's Modulation Manifesto: Bass Sounds

An FM Synthesis Programming Tutorial focusing on the Yamaha Reface DX architecture - Lesson 5

For this installment, I'm going to discuss another area where FM synthesis is very versatile across the wide spectrum of musical styles – Bass sounds. From the Bass 1 and Fretless presets in the original DX7 to the LatelyBass and SolidBass patches in the TX81Z & DX100, the legacy of FM for Bass sounds is well known. So, starting from the "bottom up" as it were, let's build some Bass sounds.
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Manny's FM-Xplorations: Article 1

Manny's FM-Xplorations: Article 1
Welcome to the first article in the Dr. Manny Fernandez FM-Xploration Series! A longtime FM programmer who contributed sounds for the DX7II, SY77, SY99 FS1R and DX200  - Manny Fernandez shares lots of tips and tricks in this highly informantive series.
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