The EFM1: Ever make something out of nothing? Well, that’s kind of how you generate sounds using frequency modulation, or FM. You can start out with a simple sine wave and then, by modulating it with another sine wave, you can create the most amazing timbres right inside the EFM1!
In the first part of this tutorial, David Earl shows you everything about Frequency Modulation using the EFM1: You’ll learn all about Carrier and Modulator waves, the foundation of FM synthesis. You’ll see how harmonic relationships create a variety of complex tonal timbres. He reveals you the hidden, built-in wave tables that help you take your modulator to a whole new level. You'll even discover how you can automate the modulation by using the EFM1's dedicated ADSR. Did anyone mention randomization? Learn how to use controlled randomness that lead to new and unusual sonic worlds!
Logic's EVD6 is another story altogether. Did you know that the EVD6 is the little brother to Logic’s awesome Sculpture Modeling Synth? It is! And David Earl will show you all the cool secrets to programming this complex and very creative instrument.
Sure, the EVD6 does a great rendition of the famous Hohner Clavinet. That’s cool. But there’s so much more that lurks beneath its benign faceplate. In this tutorial David explores how this little synth can easily become one of the hippest places to go in your Logic arsenal to fire up some wonderful and original new timbres.
So if you want to dig deeper into the EFM1 and EVD6 this tutorial by macProvideo.com’s rising star David Earl is just what you've been waiting for!
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Paul wrote on February 8, 2015
Great little course on Logic Pros EFM1 by David Earl (or you can call me Logic Ninja, I don't care).
It's nice how he describes FM synthesis theory whilst explaining each of the EFM1's parameters and what effect that particular parameter has on the sound.
You can really achieve some 'phat' sounding basses out of this basic little FM synth! I often reach for the EFM1 over FM8 when creating simple but sold bass tones.
BHamester wrote on February 5, 2014
It's a good tutorial, although I think it could have more information about the EFM1 since FM is know as a very challenging way to create your own presets.
Anthony wrote on November 10, 2013
A truly fantastic course from an a genius in David Earl. 5 starz all da way. And I'm recommending this to anyone that's interested in being able to model that original clav and FM sound.
C1ph3rd wrote on August 14, 2013
Nice dive into the D6 and FM synths included with Logic. These have a lot of capability, but not too many options, compared to other synths, so this covers pretty much all you need to know to dig in.
BPGeez wrote on June 3, 2013
LogicNinja always gives hidden gems and techniques which transcend the scope of the tutorials!! Good gig MacPro!!!
Wes Perdue wrote on May 20, 2013
I watched the EFM1 part. It's an excellent intro, and includes enough depth to encourage you to really explore. I look forward to coming back for the second half when I've sated my desire for FM exploration. Now I'm off to watch the FM8 intro.
Scott Hamlin wrote on January 15, 2013
I watched this to get a handle on the EFM1, but the star of the show for me was the EVD6. It was truly fun to see David revealing things in the EVD6 I had NO IDEA were possible or part of it. I've always ignored that puppy, I'm going to be using that a lot now for sure!!