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960 presets with sharp, crystal-clear FM sounds Powerful FM matrix, arpeggiator, flexible envelopes Loads patches from classic FM hardware units. FM8 packs the intricacies of FM synthesis into a sleek user interface with innovative advanced features. Native Instruments has harnessed the power of FM synthesis. The strengths of digital are manifest in FM8’s powerful audio engine which generates breath-taking, brilliantly dynamic FM sound in pristine quality. With its emphasis on ease-of-use, the FM8 brings a high degree of simplicity to the otherwise intricate process of FM synthesis, delivering unsurpassed depth, brilliance, and dynamism. A central aspect of FM8 is usability. The "Easy Edit Page" offers a clearly-designed interface with simple controls that adjust more complex parameters automatically, allowing you to take a far more musical approach to FM synthesis. The more detailed editing pages have been improved for easier handling and are all accessible with just one click. FM8 lets you play straight away! FM8 offers an unprecedented range of features and effects. The classic crystalline bells and keys are perfect for creating melodic and percussive sounds of the highest quality. A unique arpeggiator, a revolutionary sound morphing feature and a large selection of new, charismatic effects add countless sound-shaping possibilities. The sonic potential of FM8 goes well beyond the confines of conventional FM synthesis.


Are there technical limitations that keep VSTs from sounding like digital hardware?

...Omnisphere sounds great (as a synth workstation). It doesn't 'even approach a good hardware digital synth'? I'm not so sure. And FM8 doesn't sound as good as a DX7? I'm not sure.

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Why FM? (Yamaha style)

...a completely general digital technique that lends itself to a lot of different implementations -- just in software, look at FM8 vs Aalto vs Kontour vs Bazille vs the arbitrary configurations you can put together in Pd -- yet there's a common mindset of "4 op meh, 6 op good, 8 op better" as...

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Anyone else think Arturia's products are rather lame?

...sweet. Using it now for a couple of stems I am real happy with it. I like the sonics over FM8 and you can import regular DX7 patches just like FM8. I don't get why people trashtalk Arturia products, I like them and they work well. You get a load of instruments to fit...

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