Mastering any instrument takes dedication, but the rewards are considerable. When it comes to synthesisers, the payoff is indeed priceless: the ability to create the sounds that come into your head.
Producer Anthony Thogmartin certainly knows his way around Ableton Live’s hybrid FM synthesizer, Operator. Watch him use the software instrument to quickly conjure up all manner of sounds, from basic drum hits to rich pads and screeching Reese bass.
For those wanting something a bit more experimental – Daniel Dehaan shows how to create complex sounds with Operator’s looped envelope function.