Ableton Live's Operator is a very powerful FM (Frequency Modulation) synth with some interesting tricks up its sleeve. Explore this fantastic Live instrument with sound designer Rishabh Rajan, and get into FM synthesis the right way!
Popularized in the early '80s with the Yamaha DX7, FM synthesis often has a reputation of being overly complex and difficult to understand (mostly because it was a pain to tweak parameters using a single data slider on such a small LCD screen!) Thankfully, Operator's user interface makes FM much easier to grasp and program. In this course, Ableton Live expert Rishabh Rajan explains everything you need to know about FM and Live's very flexible Operator device.
Rishabh starts the course with a solid overview of Operator's interface, followed by a very clear explanation and demonstration of FM synthesis. Once you know all about modulators, carrier, and algorithms, you're ready to dig deeper into this extremely versatile synth. You learn how to create your own waveforms by adjusting odd and even harmonics, you discover the interesting Feedback function, and you learn how Operator's envelope offers more options than most synths. You'll also learn about the Filter section, LFOs, and more... The course ends with a sound design example where you create an electric piano sound from scratch.
So learn FM synthesis with sound designer Rishabh Rajan, and get the most out of Operator!
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Brett Corden wrote on September 24, 2020
Excellent quality teaching from Rishabh as ever. Everything covered and I now feel able to dive in and patch my own sounds
Rupak George wrote on April 25, 2020
Brilliant. Thank you
cosmkcomik wrote on July 9, 2018
Rishabh Rajan does an excellent job of covering every aspect of Abelton Live's Operator FM tone generator plug-in. From simple to complex waveforms and patching, Rishabh explains and demonstrates each part of Operator for easy understanding. Operator looks like a simple FM generator, but it is quite a lot more under the hood! Rishabh brings it down to Earth with simple to understand language that will have anyone exploring and using this deceptively complex tone generator with ease!