I'm really into the idea of an Ableton-style FM synth for M4L that uses the same basic format with loads of extra features. I'm running into problems, though. First, with terms like 'harmonicity' and 'modulation index.' I've gotten the math to calculate harmonicity using the simple coarse/semitones/fine scheme, but mod index is still confusing me. In the Max tutorial the function is set to a range of 0-24. Can anyone explain this? I've tried scaling it with less than desirable results.
Next, how do the algorithms come into play? If it's a simple answer of 'lots of gate~ and selector~ objects' that's fine and I can toil over it for a while longer. Max's SimpleFM~ tutorial patch is a bit too simple for deducing the answer, so I'm just wondering if there's a simpler solution. Essentially I want to have 4 to 8 oscillators to incorporate into this thing.
I've been troubled with this for months, coming back to it over and over and not getting any further. Can anyone give me any pointers? Here's what I've got so far.