Yamaha FS1R Resources

The FS1R is an uncommon and complex synthesizer. It's a powerful FM synthesizer, offering 8 operators each with multiple waveforms. But beyond that it also introduced Yamaha's Formant Synthesis technique which can produce realistic vocal sounds. The 8 unvoiced operators also allow you to add complex, shaped noise to your sounds.

Thor Zollinger has written an extensive guide on FM synth programming, particularly with regard to mimicking the sound of "real" (acoustic) instruments.

Smasher has collected a nice list of FS1R programming tips and ideas.


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