MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes

MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes
The MX BK/BU is an update to the popular MX Music Synthesizer. Two members from the Yamaha Japan MX BK/BU development team, Tadashi Okano and Yasuto "Takeshi" Takeshita, share insight about what's new in MX BK/BU. They also discuss the free FM Essential iOS app's ability to go from classic to modern.
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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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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MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes

MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes
The MX BK/BU is an update to the popular MX Music Synthesizer. Two members from the Yamaha Japan MX BK/BU development team, Tadashi Okano and Yasuto "Takeshi" Takeshita, share insight about what's new in MX BK/BU. They also discuss the free FM Essential iOS app's ability to go from classic to modern.
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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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Holly Herndon interviews Yamaha legend, Dr. John Chowning

Holly Herndon interviews Yamaha legend, Dr. John Chowning
The "father of FM synthesis" Dr. John Chowning - a legend here at Yamaha - was recently interviewed. Learn more about this trailblazer and hear the interview here.
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MIDI Control Possibilities

MIDI Control Possibilities
Several of the parameters on the reface DX generate (and receive) MIDI Control Change messages. This opens the door for new avenues of sonic control and programming. Here we will discuss some of the assignable possibilities and what that would mean in terms of sound design.
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FM Amplitude Envelope Generator

FM Amplitude Envelope Generator
The Amplitude Envelope Generator is responsible for the Output Level over time. It is used to describe how a sound begins (attack), changes (initial decay), sustains and ultimately disappears (release) when you apply the oscillator. The Oscillator is the vibrating object. And the Envelope Generator is responsible for changes in output level. 
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FM Single Operator Waveshapes

FM Single Operator Waveshapes
Single Operators are still sine wave generators but each can be used to generate complex wave shapes by modulating themselves... This is called Feedback.
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FM Basic Waveforms

FM Basic Waveforms
Let's build some simple Wave shapes to see what Frequency Modulation is all about. 
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FM Basics

FM Basics
The reface DX goes retro 80s to cutting edge modern at the flick of a switch...literally! Capacitive multi-touch control puts powerful FM synthesis under your fingertips.
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MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes

MX BK/BU: Behind the scenes
The MX BK/BU is an update to the popular MX Music Synthesizer. Two members from the Yamaha Japan MX BK/BU development team, Tadashi Okano and Yasuto "Takeshi" Takeshita, share insight about what's new in MX BK/BU. They also discuss the free FM Essential iOS app's ability to go from classic to modern.
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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.
Continue reading
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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: 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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