It’s actually a modestly finished basement cluttered with musical instruments, and roughly 4,000 other random things that I have no idea what to do with, and that are pretty questionable whether I should continue to keep them. But you’re right, lighting is challenging.
Here’s a diagram of the above string/bell patch.
My strategy for “porting” this DX7 patch was to load it up in MOD-7 (Korg Kronos “fm” synth engine, capable of loading DX7 sysex) and try to recreate it piece by piece. This allows me to mute operators, hear their specific impact on the sound, and try to make sure that specific element was ported accurately.
I will say it came out very close to my ear, but the patch on the Kronos sounds just slightly more silky and buttery. I can’t quite explain that yet. Could be due to wavetable vs. generated oscillators, possibly a higher internal sample rate on the Korg vs. the ER-301 48k firmware… The envelopes are also not 1 to 1 - Korg implements the DX7 EG instead of a more traditional ADSR (ER-301). Of course it’s just as likely to be a result of operator error as anything else.
I thought porting some DX7 patches to XO might be a good way of “leveling up” my FM synthesis knowledge. This was a good experiment. Typically I learn synthesis best by experimentation, and also by de-/re-constructing patches others have made.
For those of you who understand FM really well, what techniques have you used to increase your know how?