Many FL Studio users often ask, “Does FL Studio has a wavetable synth of its own?”. The answer is “Yes”; FL Studio has two wavetable synthesizers. Their names are Flex and Morphine.
But on the Official website of the Image-line, Morphine is mentioned as an Additive synth; how can it be a wavetable plugin? Well, that’s what we will discuss in this article, the wavetable synth in FL Studio.
What is Wavetable synth, and how does it work?
Before I tell you why Morphine is a wavetable synth, first, let us discuss a little bit about wavetable plugins. What are they, and how do they work?
All wavetable plugins are nothing but a type of additive synthesizer. Allow me to clarify-
All sound waves(generally all waves) combine sin waves of different frequencies, levels, and phases. These sin waves are called partials/harmonics. Additive synths use Fast Fourier Transform(FFT) algorithm to break and add waveforms into individual sin waves.
The only difference between the additive and wavetable synth is that wavetable plugins break down the waveform into single wave cycles instead of individual partials/harmonics. That is, you have the option to break the audio into large audio snippets instead of individual sin waves.
Why is FL Studio Morphine an Additive as well as a wavetable plugin?
Morphine can be considered a wavetable plugin due to its particular yet powerful function – Resynthesis.
In Morphine, you can load any sample of any key and make a complete synth instrument out of it. The wavetable function of Morphine is the most powerful among any other plugin. Why? Because Morphine has a cleaner sample import, you can easily control the speed of the wavetable. Furthermore, unlike other wavetable VSTs like Serum, Vial, Phase Plant, etc., you can load samples/wavetable of any length.
Although this is mentioned as resynthesis on the Image-Line’s official website, it is also much closer to how a wavetable plugin behaves. So how does it work? Follow these simple steps to use Morphine as a wavetable plugin.
Step 1 – Load a sample in Morphine’s Resynthesis window. You can drag and drop a sample.
Step 2 – Set the Corresponding Note, you can find the key of the sample/wavetable using Newtone or free VSTs like G Tune. My wavetable is E2 so the note will be 28.
Step 3 – Choose the quality of the sample, I will choose The best resolution with zero value for balance.
Step 4 – Go to spectrum and Import charged sample. It will convert the entire sample into small audio snippets and break them into partials with different levels, frequencies, and tuning.
Step 5 – Now you can use the Morphine a wavetable plugin. The Rate controls the speed of the wavetable, while Loop controls the Forward, Backward, or Ping-Pong loop.
You can use the same method for all 4 oscillators, use different samples of any key and mix them together using the morph table to get a unique timbre every time. From there, it’s just simple sound design steps viz ADSR, effects, etc.
Although Morphine is an Additive Synthesizer by nature, Its unique design also gives it a character of a wavetable synth. Its import function has the cleanest sound thanks to the small size of audio snips with the ability to set the level, pan, and pitch of individual breakpoints. I hope that you have learned something from this small tutorial. Thanks for reading!