DefleMask Instrument Tutorial – Sega Genesis / Megadrive FM Sound (part 1 of 3)

Full guide to making FM instruments for the Sega Megadrive / Genesis. Uses Deflemask for Desktop but the theory is the same for all platforms. (with Spanish Subtitles thanks to Pixel Guy!)


  1. S74 on December 30, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    How do you make triplets in something like 4/4? Do you just compose in a higher tempo or is there a command/effect to avoid that?

  2. Lucas Dharma Dursi on December 30, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Hi, great tutorial, please upload de other two parts! thanks!

  3. maJsty14 on December 30, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve been intimidated by Deflemask for years (and not just because of the formerly "scary" face), but your teaching here is extremely accessible! Looking forward to trying this out!

  4. Daniel Amaro on December 30, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    part 2 pleaseeee!

  5. #SelJeMi Tobi on December 30, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I WANT TO DO THIS!!!!!’ where can i get this program!!!?

  6. now_its_dark on December 30, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Great information and so well presented, thank you!! Super excited to see the full tutorial series one day 🤞

  7. frognik79 on December 30, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    2×2 brings back memories of Dune.

  8. Southend Busker on December 30, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    thanks for this, helping out alot

  9. Niemann03 on December 30, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! No one make a FM Tutorial before, and the best, you subtitled the videos for the non english speakers can translate, just thank yoU!!!

    I subscribed waiting for the other two parts! XD XD XD

  10. NASTY NEIGHBOR on December 30, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    is it possible to rewire this app to Ableton? sorry if noob question or if you already mentioned it in the video.

  11. G!KoMoRa FrU!t Sal@d on December 30, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I’m confused as to what is outputting the sound?your computer or a sega? Is this just an emulator???or can you actually play the internal chip on the sega?because I’ve no interest in just an emulator which is what I believe defelmask is,or did I get it wrong??

  12. Segaking584 on December 30, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    No one: The ghosts in pacman: 15:28

  13. dennis bergkvist on December 30, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    hey dude, hope youre doing well. i found this video to be very instructive and to the point and would really like to know more about your workflow and best practices for trackers such as this one. bless us when you feel the time is right.

  14. SiGhast on December 30, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    29:22 WTF, suddenly it sounds like something from an Amon Tobin track.

    This video has blown my mind several times. I’m gonna have a hard time sleeping.

  15. Weegeeguy01 on December 30, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Really helpful tutorial; downloaded Deflemask a few days ago with no idea how to work it. Eagerly awaiting part 2!

  16. Veronica Collins on December 30, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    I recommend this:
    So grateful it exists in 2020.

  17. Jorf on December 30, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Phenomenal tutorial!

  18. Gealt 987 on December 30, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Sonic approves this

  19. Ivan Meyers on December 30, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I subscribed Because I want to see part 2 and 3 when they come out.

  20. Neo Bechstein on December 30, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    What’s happened? It’s been over a year and no part 2 or 3? Or did I miss something?

  21. Musicólogo Friki on December 30, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    we need the second part!!!!

  22. Someone Somebody on December 30, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    making genesis music was alot easier than what i thought it would be

  23. mailsprower1 on December 30, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Dear lord, thank you for this. I was expecting basic explanation about each control knob and FM basics, but you actually jumped right in and showed a lot of practical aspects on real examples. For a beginner like me, it’s comforting to see how certain types of sounds are actually done, and to realize important know-how tidbits like using different multiplier configurations for chord stacks and harmonic ratios (with so much disorienting knobs, things like that are hard to figure out when experimenting on your own). FM isn’t that scary now. And yes: I have studied a bunch of technical docs and could not find anything on SSG – I was blown away that you figured it out! Extremely valuable feature. I’m still hoping part 2 is in the works ^_^

  24. Nebula Rain on December 30, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    My main question is – does Deflmask allow you to remap keyboard shortcuts? That has always been my absolute number 1 gripe with any tracker software, as I just can’t get used to the Space bar not being used to "Play" like it is on literally any other piece of audio software (recorders and players). I’ve used Protracker on the Amiga for a number of years and it still infuriates me, and even modern trackers like Milkytracker are borderline unusable becasue they use fixed shortcuts which hark back to the early 90s before everyone got used to PC/Windows standards.

  25. karaffka on December 30, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Amazing tutorial! Still waiting for next parts…

  26. Nostalgia Ninja on December 30, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    This is easily the best guide for learning how to tune the instruments panel in Deflemask, even a year later! Hope Part 2 comes out soon.

  27. Nomadyogaman on December 30, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Nobody says Sega like that dude, no one 😀

  28. Colt Kirkpatrick on December 30, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Please don’t forget about Part 2 (and 3?)

  29. mrkaratedo on December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    DefleMask creado en Argentina increible!!! Gracias!!

  30. Prizm Wizard on December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for this excellent tute!

  31. Budch on December 30, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Lifehack: genesis chip is basically a dx-100 synth, which has many awesome presets, and deflemask capable importing them, so…

  32. Diego Crusius on December 30, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you. I cannot thank you enough.

  33. foxy potato on December 30, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    that delayed pluck at 30.00 is amazing

  34. Chris B on December 30, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Can we have a follow up please 🙂 this was very helpful

  35. diegofloor on December 30, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    18:15 flashbacks to Chakan: the forever man.

  36. Knuckles the Echidna on December 30, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Are you the Mega Drive whisperer? Wow this is so cool! Sadly no PC during lockdown but I want to play with it right now!

  37. Daniel Sanchez on December 30, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Really cool video.

  38. rcalebvines on December 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    For a quick theory dive that was probably out of the video’s scope–the Mult function sounds like it’s using the overtone series. In the instrument builder, if you take the frequency of the note you’re playing (for example, A=440) and multiply it by your mult setting, you’ll get the frequency in Hz of next value in the series. Since the overtone series is calculated linearly as (fundamental frequency x N) and the octave ratio is calculated geometrically as ((N x fundamental frequency) x N), higher frequencies start to produce different notes as you ascend "partials" by increasing the integer value of n. (note: Mult set to 0 sounds an octave below the note, or the frequency times 1/2)
    For a practical example, this is why multi setting 7 sounds so out of tune–the seventh partial in the overtone series is almost one third flatter than a major third in just intonation. If we take A3 at 220 Hz as our fundamental frequency and multiply it by 7, you get a G6 at 1540 Hz. In just intonation, a G6 should sound at 1568 Hz. This should sound familiar to brass players all the time, as a valve brass instrument’s seventh partial is so out-of-tune it is nearly uncorrectable with tuning slides.
    The higher up the harmonic series you go, the more often your partial’s intonation leaves just intonation and the closer the notes are together until, eventually, the pitch difference between partials is virtually indistinguishable to the human ear.

  39. Joshi _68 on December 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much! But where is part 2 and 3?

  40. M Loch on December 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I gave you a like cos your just a likable guy. I was positive like that, then I got over 25 and its all just downhill – pfft

  41. Astral Deeps on December 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Can someone explain how I can possibly export songs to the Genesis? I have GenMDM and would like to use that if possible

  42. Joe Gigs on December 30, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Please make more of these!

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  45. CLBNA on December 30, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Wow ! Really thank you, so many info about FM synthesis and how it works. Waiting for part 2 🙂

  46. John Tammaro on December 30, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    What an amazing tutorial

  47. Siana Gearz on December 30, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I wonder which one it will be.
    "Kept you waiting, huh"
    "Played us like a damn fiddle!"

  48. turdl3 on December 30, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    love this, looking forward to parts 2/3

  49. Fickle Films on December 30, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    I’ve always been interested in trying out composing using Deflemask, but didn’t know much about creating instruments. Most resources I’ve found just sweep instrument creation under the rug, but this video is so well made and approachable that it’s finally got me trying my hand at creating. Excellent work, looking forward to future parts!

  50. Calvin Janitra Halim on December 30, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    The C on F really gets me hahaha.

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