We are proud to announce the EssenceFM, our modern high-end synthesizer dedicated to FM synthesis !
It features the super powerful VFM engine (Variable Frequency Modulation) we designed, allowing flexibility in sound design and a lot of polyphony.
We are huge FM synthesis fans, but were disappointed with ergonomics and limitations we found in all FM synths. That's how the EssenceFM is born. It follows a very straightforward, graphical approach to make sound editing fun and easy : operator's outputs are shown in real time during playback, envelopes are displayed as editable graphical curves, operators can be drag&drop to build the algorithm, waveforms are editable...
The EssenceFM aims for simplicity without sacrifying power.
This is the prototype shown at the SynthFest event in France, 7-9 june 2019.
Hardware conception and preset sounds aren't finished, but most of the features have already been implemented.
More videos & content coming soon !
No online activation, lock key or license system. EssenceFM is your synth without any restrictions.
Smart form factor allows for rack mount or table-top use.
Voices are basic 6-op FM sounds, patches are instruments stacking multiple voices, while performances can be used for complete orchestrations or very (very) fat sounds.
*Some specifications may be improved during product development.
|Synthesis type||6-operator FM|
|Polyphony (FM Voice)||300|
|Operator control||Multiplier (0..40) or fixed frequency (0..255)|
Quartertone & fine tuning
Key volume scaling (graphical)
Phase retrigger on/off
Waveform offset control
|Waveforms||12 interpolated, band-limited waveforms|
|Waveform edition||Free drawing / import from wave file|
Operations : Flip X, Flip Y, Smooth, Amplify, Remove DC, Mix two waveforms, Crossfade, Maximize
|Envelope generator||6-points graphical, logarithmic, 14 per voice (6x volume, 6x pitch, 1x filter, 1x pan)|
|Filter||1 per voice, lowpass, resonant|
|LFO||1 per voice, waveform + bitmask combination|
Waveform offset, delay & attack rate control
|Max. Voices per patch||128 layers/splits|
|Max. Total Voices||3328 (26 banks * 128 voices)|
|Max. Total Patches||3328 (26 banks * 128 patches)|
|Max. Total Performances||256|
|Modulation matrix||8 source/destination mappings per voice, with scaling and offset parameters|
|Modulation matrix Sources||Note number|
MIDI CC (any)
|Modulation matrix Destinations||Voice/Operator Volume|
Operator Frequency Coarse/Fine
Operator Envelope Segment Rate
|Sound engine internal resolution||32-bit float|
|Scales/Temperaments||32 editable presets|
Custom scales up to 32 notes, 0-1200 cents tuning, octave stretching
|Transposition||+24/-24 semitones. Global, per patch and per voice|
|Audio latency||< 2ms|
|Boot time||< 3s|
|Effect DSP||2 multi-effect processors, parallel or chained|
|Effects List||Reverb (7 types), Delay, Chorus, Distorsion (4 types), Rotary, Bitcrush|
|Supported standards||General MIDI, MPE|
|Misc||DX7* patch import (partial support)|
Random voice generation
|MIDI implementation||(in progress)|
|Audio||Stereo 6.35mm balanced jack output pair,|
Stereo 6.35mm unbalanced headphones jack output
|MIDI||DIN (In, Out, Thru), RTP (Ethernet), USB|
|Storage||USB Type A|
|Power adapter||External, AC 100-240V|
|Power input||Standard DC jack, 8~16V, 10W|
|Type||7" IPS capacitive touch screen|
|Refresh Rate||60 FPS|
|Other||Adjustable backlight brightness|
Background pattern and color selection
|Undo/Redo history||1000 steps|
|Controls||14 mechanical switches, 7 rotary encoders, 2 volume pots (main output & headphones)|
|Firmware upgrade||Through USB|
|Package contents||EssenceFM synth, universal AC adapter, user manual, tabletop brackets|
|Size (EssenceFM)||133 x 486 x 65 mm|
|Operating Temperature||0 ~ 40°C|