Named as one of the world’s hottest producers by NME, Andreas Kleerup plays intensely on his Yamaha reface DX and notes that this homage to the seminal 80s synth—the Yamaha DX7—has played a central role in making his new album.
If you're old enough to remember the early days of MIDI, you probably recall MIDI patchbays, multi-port MIDI interfaces, processors - and so on. You probably also remember the associated "MIDI pasta" of cabling required to hook it all up! With the popularity of today's wireless devices, we can enjoy the same connectivity and flexibility - without the messy cables - using wireless Bluetooth MIDI.
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.
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?
UPDATED: Craig Knudsen is a Yamaha Clavinova product expert and provides these detailed instructions about integrating a Reface YC with a Clavinova CVP-709. Learn how to reap the benefits of pairing their strengths. In addition to written instructions, video examples and instruction included from Craig.
The Rotary Speed Control is an effect designed to emulate a rotary speaker device. Such a device became very popular for use with an American tonewheel organ around the early 1940s. The original intent of such a speaker device was to create an amplification system for the American tonewheel organ so that it had a better emulation of a theater organ or pipe organ.
Effects are an important audio tool to add specific nuances to the sound of any instrument. The YC DISTORTION and REVERB effects allow for a wide scope of expression with simple and easy to use controls.