NI FM8 Video Tutorial: Creating Unique Basslines Using FM Synthesis

In this second video of a series focusing on synthesis and sound design, expert sound designer Evan Sutton creates an aggressive bassline in Ableton Live using Native Instruments’ FM8 virtual FM synthesizer.

In this video focusing on synthesis using Native Instruments’ FM8 virtual FM synthesizer, New York-based producer, audio engineer, and sound programmer Evan Sutton creates an aggressive bassline in Ableton Live that can be used for a wide range of musical styles. Evan takes us through FM8′s various sound shaping features and demonstrates the many creative possibilities using FM synthesis to create unique sounds from scratch. In part one, Evan introduces us to BATTERY, Native Instruments’ cutting-edge drum sampler while demonstrating his approach to building and processing a custom drum kit.

 

NI BATTERY Tutorial: Drum Kit Sound Design

 


About Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton, also known as Astrolith is a producer and engineer based in New York City.

Aside from being a first call production whiz for artists like Vince Clarke of Erasure and Depeche Mode and Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons, he is an in-demand remixer, recently working with Imagine Dragons, Spank Rock, and X Ambassadors to name a few.

As Astrolith, his productions blend elements of hip-hop and techno, distilling his forward-thinking, aggressive approach to club music. His tracks have been released on labels like Mute, Boys Noize Records, Interscope, and his own label; Space Is The Place. As a live performer, he has a knack for rocking crowds with sets consisting entirely of original music and has shared the stage with Dorian Concept, Robot Koch, DJ Funk, DJ Wheezie, Tokimonsta, and many others.

As a recording and mix engineer, Sutton’s roster continues to grow. He’s recently worked with Erasure, CHVRCHES, Spank Rock, Jovanotti, Cakes Da Killa, Remy Banks (and the World’s Fair crew), Ruff Ryders, and Mt. Eden to name a few. Sutton attended Berklee College of music and was a participant at Red Bull Music Academy, Paris in 2015.

 


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Sound Design Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

What’s Included:
Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

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