|Product||80s EP FM Pro|
|Developer||Tangent Edge Instruments|
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The 80s EPs are virtual versions of 4 iconic 80s EP sounds from the Yamaha DX7 Mark II, each counting two times 1144 24-bit/48kHz samples for the Pro versions - 88 keys sampled in 12 velocity layers. The 140 versions have... 140 samples.
There are three more of them: 80s EP Bright, 80s EP Classic and 80s EP Warm. The FM 140 is free, the upgrade to Pro is $15.
No software emulation beats the expressiveness and bite of the real thing. I played around two thousand EP presets and customized 32 of my favourites on my TX802/DX7II and then sampled 4 like all the virtual Wurlitzers and Rhodes out there: highly detailed and programmed to behave exactly like the original.
The "FM" is a customized version of the popular "FM Roads" tone. It has a lot of hammer sound, a clean decay, and with release it becomes really sticky.
Requires the full version of Kontakt 3.5 or higher. The 80s EPs will only work for 30 minutes in the free Kontakt Player.
Add the 80s EP FM 140 folder to the 80s EP FM Pro folder, it has files the Pro version needs.
In the 80s EP FM demo below you can hear the same MIDI file rendered by a TX802 module, the Pure version for Kontakt, the Coloured version, the 140 version and finally FM8 using the same preset.
In the "80s EP FM 140 Vs Pro" you again hear a MIDI file rendered by the "Pro Coloured", the "140" and "Pro Pure" instruments, now in detune setting, and then again in mono. You will notice the 140 version doesn't sound as good in mono, it's because the Pro versions have enough samples to mimic three synthesizers, creating the authentic super-wide sound of 3 differently tuned DX7s playing at the same time with one panned hard left and one panned hard right, as used on countless hit songs.
In the video you can see what the instrument is capable of.