by Native Instruments

A software synthesizer with sound architecture and innovative features designed to simplify FM synthesis

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Native Instruments

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FM8 is a program that can emulate frequency modulation of a sound wave. Originally it was designed as a digital analogue of the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, which was popular in the eighties and nineties of the last century and had a large set of instruments, as well as an unusual and memorable sound.

Like its iron colleague, the FM8 has piano-like keys, but only virtual ones. If a MIDI-keyboard is connected to the computer, the program will work with it, if not, then with a regular computer keyboard. You can press the keys and the program will synthesize the sounds of the selected instrument. The latest version of the built-in instruments has 1200: from dynamic electronic organs to the emulation of strings, wind instruments and various electronic instruments. In addition, the user will have at their disposal a virtual effect rack, where effects such as distortion, chorus, reverb, panning and many others can be combined in any order. There is also a preset editor in the program, where you can get your own unique sound by setting up modifiers.

When using a professional sound card as well as an ASIO driver, the latency may be around 2 milliseconds. This means that the FM8 can be used as an effect processor, for example in concert activities or studio recording. In addition to working as a standalone application, the synthesizer can work as a VST or AAX plugin for audio programs that support this technology (e.g., Cubase or FL Studio).

- several operating modes: standalone application, effect processor and VST plugin;

- 1200 presets: original Yamaha, all presets from FM7 version, and a large number of new tools;

- The ability to use ASIO to minimize delay and instantaneous response;

- A large number of different effects, the ability to use the virtual rack to create effect chains;

- the ability to use the Arpeggiator to create automatic arrangements when playing the Digital Keyboard;

- the possibility of using the microphone input for a vocoder effect.

FM8's programming screen looks very easy to learn and use! I know, I was one of the first DX7 owners in Texas in the 80's, and the first DX editors absolutely stunk! So did the later editors!So I'm impressed with FM8's Interface. It's actually very usable.Think I'll have to get it.
FM8 for Windows is a helpful software synthesizer that requires a lot of precision and can imitate the frequency modulation of a sound wave. One of the things that are not too obvious when you start to use this software are the use of the Fm matrix where you can connect the different Mod from A to Z, resulting in a very personalized matrix that works better for every user, another option is related with the Env section where you have the option to set your scale in the lower levels and for the Mod section, you set the levels higher in the mode section what is going to aloud you to have more range of motion to work within the Env section.
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