Every now and then you has to remind yourself just how much fun the Happy Nerding FM Aid actually is! It’s all to easy to forget how it can take a simple Saw wave and mangle it beyond recognition – even before you add a second oscillator as a Modulator. In the demo, 3 outputs of the FM Aid are used, with the Rubicon as the main “Carrier” sound source (providing a simple droning Saw wave). The Dixie provides the “Modulator” signal. Various envelopes were randomly triggered to bring the different outputs of the FM Aid in and out.
DEMO 01 – Multiple Outputs
1. Rubicon Saw was sent into FM Aid’s Carrier input
2. Dixie Sine was sent into FM Aid’s Mod input
3. A random voltage was taken from the Doapfer a149-1 and fed into the FM Aid’s CV input, to control the amount of FM between the two oscillators
4. A second a149-1 output was used to modulate the pitch of the Dixie Carrier oscillator. The Dixie was also synced to the Rubicon
5. FM Aid’s Pulse output was fed into one Oakley Classic VCA, with the Sine output fed into another. These were both controlled by z4000 ADSRs – one triggered by random gates, and the other by the clock signal
6. A third output from FM Aid – the Triangle output – was fed into the Optomix Low Pass Gate, which was randomly struck/ pinged by another a149-2 gate.
7. During the recording the following controls were tweaked: FM Aid’s CV attenuverter and FM level; the Rubicon and Dixie’s pitch (towards the end); the VCAs’ Gain; the Optomix’ Control knob
Other than some slight compression and EQ during mixdown, the only processing of any kind used was the FM aid. Without it you’d simply be listening to a droning Saw wave! It’s amazing what you can do with this module – it can give you an incredible palette of sounds from a single waveform.