Manny’s FM-Xpert is a deep dive into the the FM-X engines of the MONTAGE and MODX Music Synthesizers. This five article series is delivered in an accessible and entertaining way and includes MONTAGE content programmed by Manny himself. The other articles in the series are accessible via the links below:
Manny FM-Xpert 1: "Acoustic Eccentricities and Stuff"
Manny FM-Xpert 3: "It's Just a Phase, Man"
Manny FM-Xpert 4: "The Envelopes, Please"
Manny FM-Xpert 5: "Everybody's Doin' the Knob-O-Motion"
Filling out our piano sound: In the first part of the FM-Xpert examples series, I broke down in detail using 4 of the 8 Parts in our FM-X Performance to create the body timbre, the overtone quirks of the lower and upper registers, and the hammer attack noise and ‘thunk’ of an acoustic piano. But those basic building blocks left us with a timbre that was ‘thin’ and missing some significant harmonic content. In this article I’m going to address the ‘timbral holes’ in our FM-X Piano and use the remaining 4 Parts to add additional components for the missing harmonics in order to fill out and ‘warm up’ the sound to replicate the rich & full dynamic characteristics of the piano. So, let start fixing the holes where our timbre is thin, to keep our ears from wandering….
Part 2 is used to warm up and fill out the basic Part 1 Piano timbre, and I’ll get to it in a moment when discussing the Insert Effects. I’ve used Parts 3 & 4 to give a multitude of 2 Op Stacks combined and blended together to generate additional body and high harmonic content.