FM Patch: Solid Bass
Just started playing around with FM on the Deluge. Here's a Solid Bass to start out.
And here it in in context: ripping off Orbital's "Halcyon and On" bassline, which was recorded with Solid Bass on a DX100, FWIW.
I actually looped a section from the song in an Audio track, and A/B'ed these until it sounded about right. They may have used distortion / compression on their track? Or maybe it's just old tape. It sounds a tad more saturated.
It's a super simple patch. It's basically OSC1 <- MOD1 <- MOD2+feedback. OSC1 is on ENV1, and the modulators are on ENV2: they make the growl.
The default knobs have the MOD1 and MOD2 levels on the parameter knobs where cutoff and resonance normally are, and you should definitely have a play around with them to tweak the sound to taste. The "cutoff" is OSC1, which sets the basic level of modulation, and "resonance" is OSC2 with feedback, which makes it more or less "metally". They're both super sensitive and the "right" values are pretty close to one LED on for each, so it's a little bit touchy.
I'll post up some more FM sounds as I make them. My main synth is an SY99, so the Deluge feels like a strange/limited FM synth to me, but there are a lot of classic sounds that should be able to fit into this little box. Being able to bang out both a patch and a drum beat and the rest in one night from the couch, without touching a computer, is priceless.