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Vaclava
Anyone care to speculate what this will cost? Will it be more of an "entry level" product?
KODAMO
Prices aren't set yet, but it will be more expensive than a Korg Opsix for example. The VFM keyboard series have higher specs : metal construction, more powerful sound engine, aftertouch, big screen, more inputs/outputs...

The Bitmasker will be a better fit if you're looking for cheaper synths, it should be about €200 or less.
Vaclava
Hi, thanks for your reply. Sounds lovely. Care to speculate on a release date?
Summa
more powerful sound engine

So it might be a good idea to wait for the VFM-Keyboard? Will it support feedback per Operator or saveable Operator-Waveforms per Voice or waveforms with scalable harmonic contents per Operator instead? Since I find it useful to be able to scale the harmonic contents/richness depending on the modulator level or when using a fixed frequency operator as waveshaper to change the shaper waveform in relation to the input.
Since Opsix isn't multitimbral and uses ADSR Operator Envelopes it doesn't suit my needs, so I'm still open for a new FM-Synth ;)
KODAMO
Changing the harmonic content of an operator is what FM is great for, by using a modulator on top of it. Another layer of complexity that would be inside the waveforms to alter them might be confusing. Since the EssenceFM has fully editable algorithms, you can easily move operators to add modulations where you want, without breaking your sound. (unlike most FM synths with fixed algorithms)

About the features of the VFM keyboards, it's too early to know but we'll communicate in the upcoming months for sure!
Summa
Changing the harmonic content of an operator is what FM is great for, by using a modulator on top of it.

Please don't understand me wrong, I do not mean to offend you, I guess I'm simply used to certain features when it comes to FM-Synths and in my experience that's not the same - if you use sine as operator waveform it simply creates (depending on the frequency) a few peaks within the spectre and doesn't increase all harmonics at once like feedback does, you would have to add quite some operators (serial) on top to create a feedback type effect. On every other waveform, or when trying to put a sine an operator in-between to scale the waveform, every harmonic acts like a single modulator, the effect isn't the same compared to scalable waveforms.
When using waveforms as fixed frequency carriers (or modulator between carrier and modulator M -> Shaper (fixed modulator low freq down to 0Hz ) -> C) for waveshaping, it's pretty useful if you're able to scale the shape of she shaper depending on the input signal you want to process. Those fixed frequency operators kind of work similar to a Distortion FX but it's polyphonic (or course) and when it comes to waveshaper/distortion FX manipulating the waveform is an important factor as well.
Please trust me on that, since among other FM-Synths I did factory sounds for Ableton Operator and Linplug Octopus, where I the user is able to create an additive spectre per Operator and that Waveform scaling - in both cases manually - turns out to be pretty useful. Another example is Arturia DX7V, due to it's filter per Operator (even mod-able) scaling is possible, besides the Operator wise feedback.
Brojamo
Can you explain the differences between the rackmount and keyboard versions? Are they the same thing, spec wise?

Thank you
Vaclava
I would like to know as well. Trying to put off a keyboard purchase until I know what's going on with this.
KODAMO
Can you explain the differences between the rackmount and keyboard versions? Are they the same thing, spec wise?

They're different synthesizers, not sure how much different yet. The VFM series will most likely have more complex voices and more options to take advantage of the built-in keyboard (advanced articulation system), but with less polyphony.
Polyphony will also be different between the VFM37 and VFM61, and the later will have more inputs/outputs.
Both are built with the best quality we can offer.
Brojamo
Any chance they will include a digital output? Spdif coaxial, maybe?
KODAMO
Probably not, but we're working on an USB audio interface
Brojamo
Nice! USB would be a great option. Any possibility in making a 76 key unit? That would be the ideal size for me.
KODAMO
Impossible, doing two models (37 & 61 keys) is already very hard for a new company like us.
76 & 88 keys are often made for piano players, with hammer actions. Is that what you're looking after?
Brojamo
Nope, no piano. Just 76 keys. No hammer action. My preference is for 76 keys. 61 is better than

anything smaller, but I was just curious. Thank you.
Vaclava
Hope we have an announcement soon... eagerly waiting!
Vaclava
Will the keyboard be a Fatar?
KODAMO
Yes the keybed is from Fatar. Good quality with aftertouch.

We set on that roadmap for product release:

Vaclava
Appreciate the update. Thanks.
Vaclava
So, just received the email. Any thing really to update us about the keyboard version outside of the CAD mock up?

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