FM synth plug­ins: from the en­try level to the not-so-en­try-level

Future Music - - FM TOOLKIT -

Na­tive In­stru­ments FM8 | £129

Still one of the most pow­er­ful soft­synths around. Its Mod Ma­trix, Arpeg­gia­tor and MSEGs bring the sound de­sign po­ten­tial and the synth can even be loaded as an FX plugin.

As­b2m10 Dexed | Free

Known as pos­si­bly the best free FM synth out there, Dexed is an­other in­spired by the DX7 – and it can also act as a patch man­ager/li­brar­ian for the DX7 and other FM synths.

Ar­turia DX7 V | €199

This em­u­la­tion of Yamaha’s DX7 takes ev­ery­thing about the muchloved ’80s synth and ex­pands upon it with ex­panded mod ma­trix, a step se­quencer and more.

u-he Bazille | $129

Urs Heck­mann’s mon­ster synth has a mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, mean­ing that you can freely patch au­dio and con­trol sig­nals in what­ever way your im­pulses take you.

Able­ton Oper­a­tor |

This type of syn­the­sis is never easy, but Able­ton have man­aged to make an in­stru­ment with an in­tu­itive lay­out and work­flow that’s the per­fect en­try point for new­bies and ex­perts alike.

Logic EFM1 |

With only one car­rier and one mod­u­la­tor, this mini FM soft­synth could be one of the most ba­sic around – but it’s still ca­pa­ble of deep bass, bell tones and more.

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