Since this thread has grown very long, I couldn’t read most of the posts … so I apologise in advance, if this has been mentioned already … but I had the impression the majority was discussing suggestions about extending the sequencer, ARP, MIDI, or LFO functionality, so it might be okay to make the following suggestions (again?).
After many hours of digging and learning the very special Digitone-FM-concept, I would say,
- It’s a great machine, making much fun, having excellent sound, beeing very easy to use for everybody, having many sweet-spots just on it’s surface without needing a degree in FM-science,
- but there are some changes, I would love to see concerning the FM-engine itself.
What about an “Advanced FM-Mode” consisting of:
A-1: B1 and B2 with separate envelopes.
The LEV-B paramter provides like a macro three different sections, B1, B1/B2 changing roles, B1/B2@max mixed mode. The idea is nice, but TBH very limiting in the first place.
We all know that the modulation level has a big influence on the sound. To be forced to have those sections with mixed modes, prevents many possible sound shapes by default. I am used to work with modulation intensity like using hot spices. It makes a big difference in sound design to have 127 steps for B1 and 127 steps for B2 to define, how much modulation we apply, or only about a 1/3 (which counts to about 42). The mixed zones are very unflexible too (diagram on manual page 41), because there is no option - unless I missed something - to have a certain amount of B1 and then to spice with B2 as needed - or vice versa.
A-2: Separation of the “Harmonics” for A-B
First I want to say that I love to have the Harmonics at all. Elektron has made good choices, what it’s inside this kind of wavetable.
But to be forced to have the harmonics on A AND B1 simultaneously is a big limitation for me, because it prevents me, to limit the complexity of FM at a certain state.
Maybe it’s only me, but I prefer to have relatively simple Carriers and more or less complex Modulators. But with the Digitone algorithms - and considering the macro like LEV-B settings I get more than I need or want, if working with all four operators. There have been many situations, where I could not achieve my planned sound, because I could not use all four operators, but harmonics only on A OR on B1.
It would be great to get a switch like
- Harmonics on A&B1 (there are indeed very interesting sounds there)
- Harmonics on A only
- Harmonics on B1 only
A-3: Sensitivity of the “Ratio on B” encoder
Now this is a real issue for me. Often enough I know, what ratio I want, but it’s like touching the knob and I am on hyper-speed. This unnecessary twiddling costs so much time and is an issue, which is very annoying.
I think, we could need a kind of slow/fast mode there.