After decades of sound design using multiple synthesizers and synthesis techniques, I believe I've finally found the "Holy Grail" of synthetic design using Fathom. It has seemingly limitless prospects, combined with the cleanest upper register audio I have ever heard! Using multiple synthesis methods, with such an open modular system, will leave any serious sound designer in awe over the complex potential that awaits them. Fathom has found a permanency within my sound design arsenal like no other synth ever has, and I feel like I've barely scratched the sound design "possibility" surface, as it feels like an infinite palette of sound awaits my further exploration into the depths of this unique synthesizer.
So much potential for its value. Don't let the price tag scare you.
Designing patches couldn't be much more easier than this. Just select the module you want, and drag cables to connect input to output. Layout is so straightforward. Everything you need to know about the synth is written nicely and precisely within the PDF manual. I'm using at least 4 instances of Fathom for layering in each of my production because of its versatility.
Also, the developer is an awesome person, kind and attentive to questions. You will not regret picking this up.
If you still have doubts, try out the fully functioning freeware version (mono).
I like things that are simple and symmetrical. The Fathom modular interface has the feel of a guitar pickers pedalboard, like IK's Amplitube, left-to-right and linear, easy to understand the flow at a glance, and easy to modify. The parts surrounding the modules panel have the same kind of symmetry I like in BlueCat's Axiom effects suite, very rectangular and orderly, an easy reach for something that's complex, but not visually cluttered by things not in use. I love that you only see a module's parameters when you WANT to see them. And I was shocked to see that many of the effects modules are the equal or better than popular commercial plugins, each one just waiting for a session to fully explore them. And what are effects, without great sounds to grind, pound, and croon at? The Fathom sound is hard for me to compare and pinpoint, because I don't have a vast collection, or deep experience, but I'll say pop the top off your blender, throw in SynthMaster One, Hybrid 3, Bazille, Reaktor Pprism, and Ugo's nicely metalic Texture II and M-Theory, whirl them to a frenzy, and ...be happy... When I see pics and reviews of modular synths and gear, the Muse usually throws on her parka, and runs to the truck to listen to an old 8-track tape of the Moody Blues, with the heat cranked up. But with Fathom, it's been different, she whispers tempting suggestions, with deep breathing. and high expectations. And speaking of high, the price isn't. The author has a target price range in mind, that won't lock people out of having such a great instrument, and a clear vision for imppovements, and new capabilities. Which don't include fiascos and wobblers in the copy-protection column. Buy early, update often, and help Fathom reach it's potential. Cheers
I'll tell you, I played with the CM version of Fathom and bought the full version a few days ago.
This is a killer synth and an amazing value! It is better than synths costing 5X as much! If you haven't bought a copy of Fathom, what are you waiting for. It has one of the best designed UIs I have ever seen.
The only issue I have with it is CPU usage but that can be managed and the dev is working on optimizing the code.
Investing in the Fathom platform is a no brainer. Just do it.
I have been using Fathom since it was first offered. I was impressed by its quality then and I am even more impressed with its constant development and its very talented and hard-working developer. Unless I am a very poor judge of character, the creation shares the virtues of its creator. By all means, try the free version and see if you agree.
The depths of this synth are insane. From the eye candy GUI, to the 137 page E-book/PDF manual that this comes with it's clear that endless amount of thought went into this synth, and considering the constant updates it's clear they still are. Bravo. We don't need a million new synths. Just one, that's very good that get's updated consistently and made better.
Do not know how many soft synths I have. I lost count. Numerous and soon forgotten ones. Some stand out from the crowd. I still use the old Powercore Virus, the relatively new Serum and Omnisphere is my all time favorite. Then Fathom came along. The mono version was free, so even if the closet was already full I thought I should give it a try. Free is free right? What first struck me was the unfamiliar interface. Why did they design it like that? I fumbled around with it for some hours and it grew on me. By the end of the day I was in love. I have never really gone into the programming part of a synth. It seemed so cumbersome. I relied on others to make some presets. But now....one after another. It was more like playing an old video game. Moving all the parts around, connecting them to hear dramatic or subtle differences. Fun! Here you are the hero of the game, producing incredible sound with all the impressive features, FX, knobs and curves.
Well, a GUI is important but it does not make a synth. The SOUND makes a synth. And Fathom does not let you down here either. It is extremely seldom a free product sounds like this. It competes with the ocilators of my most expencive top notch synths. So both SOUND and GUI is GREAT, and did I say it was free??? Once again: The Mono version is free!!!! So free that I took 25USD out of my late granmothers wallet and bought the POLY version. 25USD!!!! For a top notch synth - incredible. I have played it forward and got more thanks than chistmas cards! (And I get a lot of christmas cards).
If you are still wondering if this is for you, try out the free (I said it agian) version. I promise - you won't be going to bed the first three nights.
It's my first review because I am really amazed by this system. This one is excellent. The workflow once you read the manual is so logical and beautiful designed that it really stands out in the modular system crowd. First I thought the modulation matrix is somewhat crowded but after reading I wondered why others don't do it that way. The possibilities are endless. The automation system is so easy that I really did not get it. Click on rulers label and it's there. Wonderful. OK, from my personal aesthetics' point of view the graphics' design is not my cup of tea and looks a little bit "toyish". So no real concern. But the layout itself cannot be better. The only thing I miss is an input for using it as FX chain. The sound of the oscillators are stainless and building with the modules is absolutely intuitive. Left in, right out, that's it. I'd exactly no bad issues with Fathom. Great work. I feel a little bit guilty for thievery getting this for 5$ on New Years Day so I wrote this serious review..
Uncapped modulation options and hybrid functions housed in simplicity. Some exotic interactions between components of its modular architecture too. The oscillators hybridise with other oscillators for AM/FM synthesis, with the phaser (spelled 'Phasor' in Fathom) for unison-like voice generation, and the wavetable oscillator offers a giant pool of possible timbres. Multi-stage envelopes with modifiers that impose gating of variable width and position adds another dimension to articulation. The delay unit is so good it can serve in the reverbs' stead.
For balance, drawbacks of note is its demand on CPU, due to its sample-accurate signal processing. Of course, the sonic potential is compensation. There's some room for improvement to its ergonomics too, but as development continues i have faith these will become more efficient.
Fathom is substantial despite appearances. A deceptively priced softsynth for the sound.
I recently stumbled across one of the best finds I have made on KVR in a quite a while. The modular synth Fathom. Fathom is in it's early stages and is already more polished and capable than many fully-baked synths you'll find on KVR's marketplace.
Why give it an 8? Partly for what it is and partly for where it's going. Fathom is already developing a warm, enveloping character that is tremendously flexible. The intuitive visual module routing allows for biting leads, lush pads and everything in between. The UI reigns in all the flexibility well so the user isn't overwhelmed by the host of options.
The dev is very amiable and welcomes criticism. Those of us who have been here for only a few months have watched Fathom steadily grow and change as the dev responds to user input. The dev is no newb who just started with some synth coding library as a hobby. He worked at Ensoniq previously so he's been in the biz. He knows his DSP and it shows in the design. As a professional coder myself this dev's chops are impressive.
Certainly, Fathom doesn't tick every box at this point, but it covers a lot of ground even at this early stage of development. If development stopped right now it would still be a worthy, unique addition to your stable of plugins. I have no doubt Fathom will be deserving of 9+ reviews in the near future.
Do yourself a favor. Invest what you might spend on a lousy lunch and instead get a great sounding synth that will keep you experimenting into the wee hours of the night.
NOTE: I'm no shill. I paid for Fathom, no special discounts, I'm not related to the dev or anything of the sort.
I have been using Fathom for only a few months now. I started on version 1.0.7. At this point it is up to 1.0.11. It has a bucket load of features but a few that really grab me are the extremely powerfull envelopes and the built in delay. You can not only draw your envelopes but can double, triple............ and so on giving you a sequencer type feel. The delay is a three headed monster giving you COMPLETE control over left, right and center. This synth is capable of just about everything out there with alot of stuff we havent seen. I can see this being used alot for evolving soundscapes and one finger rhythmic dances. At this point it has a firm direction, is stable and a pleasure to program. Looking forward to the finer details.