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FMDRIVE is a VST synth that not only emulate the Sega Genesis/ Mega Drive FM sound chip YM2612 but also add a lot of extra features.
FMDRIVE is not another YM2612 emulator, it is a Windows VST instrument with live control in mind. Using a new modeled core with extended features, FMDRIVE adds the full FM power underneath the original concept...
You may think, the YM2612 chip is basically another 4 Operator Yamaha FM synth but there is more... DAC, SSG Envelopes and Special operating modes like CSM speech synthesis. On top of that the Sega had a distinctive distorted sound, more or less present, depending on revision models.
You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 instruments presets already extracted from Games ROMs. Go further with extended controls, and even MIDI control the real hardware with a special add on interface: The GENMDM designed by Little Scale (not included).
FMDRIVE had been developed with the latest stable SynthEdit engine using custom C++ code and 3r party licensed code.
Runs on Windows 32/64-bit Systems and is multi-core compatible with 32-bit DAW/Host.
FMDRIVE is Donationware with a minimum of 10.00 €.
YM2612 Native Features:
YM2612 Extended Features:
Some features of the YM2612 chip were not very documented until reverse engineered, that is why some people may think that some features are not possible on a real YM2612.
Everything FMDrive does was and is possible on the hardware except for these optional features : bit-crushing effect, high resolution mode, Un-Sync PMS and Modulation index filtering.
FMDrive gives you a much easier control over CSM including a way to sync the timer speed to the current FNumber (playing note frequency).
There are two octave range that are usable "musically" so this makes some pretty cool "talking" sounds or instrument.
Game arts studio were among the rare teams who developed in the past a great engine on MSX computer that permitted them to provide unique sounding CSM synthesized speech in their games at the fraction of the size of PCM data.
Learn more on the CSM mode