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Native Instruments FM7 software synthesizer, based on the FM synthesis of the classic Yamaha DX7, has had a good run and now NI have announced its successor the FM8
With an enhanced high-resolution audio engine, intelligent sound
morphing, added performance features and a new Kore-compatible preset
manager, NI claim that the FM8 makes the timeless and highly expressive musical potential
of FM synthesis available in a thoroughly modernized instrument that fits
perfectly into today's studio and stage setups.
NI tell us that the typical sonic signature of the FM7, with its pristine and crystal-clear
character, reaches the next level in the FM8 due to its new high-resolution
audio engine. They say that increased internal resolution provides ultimate clarity and
definition that significantly benefits the whole sonic spectrum of the
instrument, from lead and bass sounds to pads, sequences and effects.
FM8 also introduces intelligent sound-morphing, a powerful tool for
performance and sound design that is especially valuable for FM synthesis. A
four-way sound-morphing matrix allows natural transitions and blends between
as many as four different parameter sets, while an intelligent algorithm
makes sure that results remain musical. An integrated advanced randomization
feature offers further intuitive ways to explore the vast sonic potential of
FM synthesis without expert knowledge.
The redesigned and reorganized user interface of FM8 emphasizes greater ease
in accessing its synthesis functions through a stronger distinction between
"easy access" and expert editing sections. The natural performance qualities
of FM8 are brought to life through the addition of a highly versatile
arpeggiator section, that includes a full-featured pattern editor with
groove presets and shuffle function. Furthermore, FM8 integrates a new
multi-effect section with 12 different algorithms, that NI say is capable of adding even
more sonic variety and a charming analog feel to the wide array of digital
sounds that the FM8 can create.
FM8 ships with more than 900 preset sounds for all styles and genres,
including both original FM7 patches and the complete FM7 Sounds Vol. 1 and
Vol. 2 libraries as well as 200 new sounds that take advantage of the
advanced capabilities of the new version. The powerful new sound browser in
FM8 is based on the preset categorization and management system pioneered by
Kore, and achieves optimal integration with Native Instruments' innovative
host system through use of the KoreSound format.
Pricing and Availability:
FM8 will be available in October 2006 for a suggested retail price of $ 339 USD
/ 299 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop. An update for
owners of FM7 will be available for $ 119 USD / 99 Euro.
FM8 is also a part of the Komplete 4 product bundle, which will in turn be
available as a free update for all owners of Komplete Care 2006.