FM synth recommendations please?

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cowby
KVRian
811 posts since 2 Feb, 2005

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:18 am

discoDSP wrote:Phantom https://www.discodsp.com/phantom/

Discovery / Discovery Pro can do FM too https://www.discodsp.com/discoverypro/
Is there any 64bit demo, please?

mcbpete
KVRian
1212 posts since 24 Jun, 2006 from London, England

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:42 am

Yep the 'Download Demo' link includes both the 32 and 64 bit VSTs

gentleclockdivider
KVRian
1145 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:27 am

Dexed for authencity .
Sytrus for flexibility
I am not an I.L fan , but sytrus is bloody amazing , the vst version also has the updated
vector graphics.
Aurora is also pretty nice , but the tiny 'grab the dots ' envelopes make it cumbersome to work with
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Soul calibrating ..frequencies

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Nielzie
KVRAF
8974 posts since 28 May, 2005 from Netherlands

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:34 am

mcbpete wrote:Yep the 'Download Demo' link includes both the 32 and 64 bit VSTs
Wait.. what? How come the demo is 64-bit but there is only a 32-bit full version in my account?? :o

Edit: just checked the website, but can't find a 64-bit demo for Phantom either..? Just one installer that only installs a 32-bit version.
None are so hopeless enslaved as KVRians with GAS.

mcbpete
KVRian
1212 posts since 24 Jun, 2006 from London, England

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:31 am

Apologies, the 32/64bit was just regarding Discovery/Pro plugin. Phantom is 32bit only... and I couldn't even get it to run in 32bit DAWs - It used to lock up both Ableton & Reaper just when the DAW loads if it was installed.

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Niowiad
KVRist
197 posts since 25 Jan, 2017

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:57 am

Unless something utterly groundbreaking comes up, I pretty much feel covered for life with FM8, Blue2, Sytrus and their eventual updates/upgrades.

andrewbrewer
KVRist
38 posts since 5 Dec, 2009

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:09 am

Arturia DX synth is really neat. Filters in the FM path and very flexible modulation matrix. Higher CPU load as a result, but still pretty cool

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zenophilix
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725 posts since 21 Apr, 2016

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:32 pm

If you have Live, Operator is fantastic. Otherwise, Dexed. Insanely accurate DX-7 recreation, and we all know what a legend that thing is.
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phoneyk
KVRist
77 posts since 25 Mar, 2004

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:38 am

I always thought that FM7 from Native Instruments was great. Better, in fact than FM8, in my opinion, because of the lower CPU usage.

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fmr
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7597 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:45 am

zenophilix wrote:If you have Live, Operator is fantastic. Otherwise, Dexed. Insanely accurate DX-7 recreation, and we all know what a legend that thing is.
I think that, as a DX7 emulation, although Dexed is great, Arturia DX7 V is even better. Actually, as an FM synth, it's one of the best available, since it can go way beyond DX7, although following its paradigm.
Fernando (FMR)

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zenophilix
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725 posts since 21 Apr, 2016

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Post Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:26 am

fmr wrote:
zenophilix wrote:If you have Live, Operator is fantastic. Otherwise, Dexed. Insanely accurate DX-7 recreation, and we all know what a legend that thing is.
I think that, as a DX7 emulation, although Dexed is great, Arturia DX7 V is even better. Actually, as an FM synth, it's one of the best available, since it can go way beyond DX7, although following its paradigm.
True, but Dexed is free. :lol:
Nobody, Ever wrote:I have enough plugins.

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fmr
KVRAF
7597 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

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Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:21 am

zenophilix wrote:
fmr wrote:
zenophilix wrote:If you have Live, Operator is fantastic. Otherwise, Dexed. Insanely accurate DX-7 recreation, and we all know what a legend that thing is.
I think that, as a DX7 emulation, although Dexed is great, Arturia DX7 V is even better. Actually, as an FM synth, it's one of the best available, since it can go way beyond DX7, although following its paradigm.
True, but Dexed is free. :lol:
Can't beat that :wink:
Fernando (FMR)

Inversion Of Control
KVRer
21 posts since 9 Jan, 2018

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:13 am

http://www.audionebula.ca/ - based on DX7 but expand it's possibilities, very cheap also :)

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mrj1nx
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286 posts since 29 Nov, 2015

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:36 am

FM8 is amazing, if you go beyond the basic patches. Use the easy page to get some mindbending results fast. Somehow this plugin ends up in every song I make. If you like retro/megadrive/dx7 then its definitely the must have out of the bunch because of all the backwards compatibility.

I usually complement with Super Audio Cart sampled megadrive patches, there are some gold in there that makes things shine for retro stuff.

Oh and I use FM Tines for EP sounds, if you set the attack slow you have some great sounding FM pads as well.
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nichttuntun
KVRist
477 posts since 22 Nov, 2017

Re: FM synth recommendations please?

Post Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:39 am

Inversion Of Control wrote:http://www.audionebula.ca/ - based on DX7 but expand it's possibilities, very cheap also :)
I checked it out and yeah! It´s very good. Thank you. :party:


By the way my recommendation is:

PORTA FM by plogue. tata :party:

Awesome sounding pure FM sound-design tool with an unmatched low end sound quality. Incredible in functions (15 step sequencer to use in a complex modulation target/source matrix plus character galore due to a non-compromise authentic sound reverse engineer emulation!

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