The EssenceFM is a powerful hardware FM synthesizer designed to bring FM synthesis to today's standards.
It follows a very straightforward, graphical approach to make sound creation easy and enjoyable.
We believe the future of FM synthesis should not be focused on emulation but towards new systems using modern technology.
That's why we designed our custom engine called "VFM" (Variable Frequency Modulation), providing great sound capabilities while running efficiently on embedded systems.
The EssenceFM is currently in development. It will be ready for production by the end of 2019.
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 (x0...x40) or fixed frequency (0...20Khz)|
Quartertone & fine tuning
Key volume scaling (graphical)
Waveform phase control
|Waveforms||24 interpolated, band-limited waveforms|
|Waveform edition||Free drawing / import from wave file.|
Operations : Flip X, Flip Y, Smooth, Set volume, Remove DC, Mix two waveforms, Crossfade, Maximize, Add harmonic
|Envelope generator||6-points graphical, logarithmic, 14 per voice (6x volume, 6x pitch, 1x filter, 1x pan)|
|Patch layer parameters||Volume|
Exclusion Group (8 groups)
Round Robin (32 steps)
|Filter||1 per voice, lowpass, resonant|
|LFO||1 per voice, waveform + bitmask combination|
Waveform offset, delay & attack rate control
Independant or synced
|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||300 instances (1 per voice)|
8 source/destination mappings per voice
Scaling and Offset parameters
|Modulation matrix Sources||Note number|
Number of active notes on the same MIDI channel
Envelope (pan, filter, operator volume/pitch)
Random number generator
MIDI CC (any)
|Modulation matrix Destinations||Operator Volume|
Operator Waveform Phase
Operator Envelope Global Speed
Operator Envelope Segment Speed
Operator Frequency Coarse/Fine
|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||+36/-36 semitones. Global, per patch and per voice|
|Audio latency||< 2ms|
|Boot time||< 3s|
|Effect DSP||2 multi-effect processors, parallel or chained|
|Effect List||Reverb (7 types)|
Distorsion (5 types)
Equalizer (3 band, 24dB/oct)
|Arpeggiator||1 per voice (300 total), 16 events, 128 steps resolution grid, 1-500 BPM tempo, syncable to MIDI beat|
An event contains a voice ID, a note number, a duration and a volume. It can trigger notes or dynamically swap the FM parameters with another voice
|Multitimbrality||16 parts assignable to any MIDI channel|
|Supported standards||General MIDI, MPE|
|Misc||DX7* patch import (partial support)|
Random voice generation
|MIDI implementation||(in progress)|
|Audio||8x 6.35mm jack outputs, balanced, useable as 4 stereo pairs or 8 mono.|
Stereo 6.35mm unbalanced headphones jack output
|MIDI||DIN (In, Out, Thru), RTP-Ethernet (AppleMIDI), USB|
|Storage||USB Type A, Mass-storage devices. Supported filesytems : FAT32 and exFAT.|
|Power adapter||External, AC 100-240V|
|Power input||Standard DC jack, 12V 2A|
|Type||7" IPS capacitive touch screen|
|Refresh Rate||60 FPS|
|Other||Adjustable backlight brightness|
Dim/Turn off the screen after a delay
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 (to be confirmed)|
|Operating Temperature||0 ~ 40°C|