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