Operator is one of Ableton Live's flagship built-in instruments, a versatile, easy-to-use and great-sounding software synthesizer combining classic analog sounds and frequency modulation synthesis that allows even the most complex sounds to be created quickly. Whether you're after evolving synthetic textures, rich expressive leads, gritty percussion, rhythmic atmospheres or anything in between, it's a great tool to have at your disposal.
In this short video from the course Ableton Live 302: Exploring FM With Operator, synth expert Rishabh Rajan takes you on a guided tour of how it works, explaining the different sections of the interface and how they fit together.
Based around four "operators", the instrument's hybrid approach to synthesis takes in analog-style subtractive synthesis and detailed FM effects as well as LFO and filter sections and the option to work with different FM algorithms. Whether you're going for the classic DX7-style FM sound or something completely unique, Operator has got you covered. Be sure to check out the complete course for a detailed and comprehensive guide to everything you can do with Operator.