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We spoke with Peter about one of his favorite Synth Voice Libraries, the FM Xpanded library. Peter describes the library as "...the ultimate retro pack for your Yamaha MOTIF Synth." The library is based on the FM technology that served as the foundation for the famous DX7 synthesizer.
What inspired you to create the FM Xpanded library?
My intention was to offer comprehensive sound library for the Yamaha MOTIF-series with an emphasis on playable live sounds. FM synthesis is closely linked with the history of Yamaha Synths. The DX7 electric piano sound is one of the most recognized instrument sounds from the 1980's...it was obvious to offer a playable FM sound library.
What did you use as the source for these sounds? How did you go about creating them?
For the sample production I used the legendary DX7 as well as several other FM synths, including the SY99, FS1R, DX200 and FM8.
The original FM-sounds were not simply sampled 1:1 - I developed FM-partials, which were mapped as User Waveforms and combined with new FM-voices using up to eight voice elements from the MOTIF XS / XF / MOXF. I called this technique "Sample-Partial-Programming". The process offers a very high flexibility allowing for creative sound design.
Check out out FM Xpanded, and other great Easy Sound Libraries. Each product detail page contains audio and video demos.
Which sounds are your favorite and why?
I love the classical FM E-Piano voices like The Champ, Lovely Tines, Classic SY99, Original DX, and American Ballad. They sound like pure FM in high quality - just what you expect from an FM library.
Tell us a little about your work with Yamaha.
My first synthesizer was a Yamaha CS15! In the early '90s I contacted Yamaha Europe about sound design work for SY99 and we started a successful collaboration that continues today.
Since the development of the CS1X I've been a member of the Yamaha voicing team. I've been involved in countless voicing projects like CS6x, AN1x, FS1R, AN200, DX200, EX5, MOTIF XS / XF, DTX-series, Tyros-Series, Yamaha World Wide Content and many others.
I'm not a trained keyboard player - I started making music with guitar. Now I'm going back to my roots playing electric guitar again when I have time left alongside the synth projects. Maybe one of my next sampling projects will be a guitar library!
You can hear the retro voices from FM Xpanded in this video, or check out the library on our site!