We are glad to announce that the overall design of the EssenceFM is close to be finished!
Most of our time is now spent sourcing the different parts, contacting suppliers and buying in large enough quantities for the first production lot.
We plan for 150 units to be made by the beginning of 2020 (probably available on february for shipping), while pre-orders opening in december.
The EssenceFM will be first available on our shop at kodamo.org, then through partner retailers.
For the end of this year, we'll make the user manual available online, with lots of content showing the capabilities of the device, so you'll have everything in your hands to decide if the EssenceFM should be yours!
Here is a summary of the news and progress we made since August:
Final design of the enclosure
As much as possible, we select high quality parts for reliability.
Improved software & interface
We refined the colors, shape and placement of many graphical elements to get a more modern feeling and make the workflow as smooth as possible.
Voice page / Algorithm design:
Signal and effects routing:
Listen to some sounds created with the EssenceFM! These are patches made during the development, not the final banks. No external effects added.
As always with FM synthesis, there are no limits to the sounds you can create. The 300 voices of polyphony are here to encourage you creating rich sounds using 12, 18, 24 or more operators per note.
If your mail reader doesn't show the players, you can listen to them on the main website: https://kodamo.org.
Very wide, sitar-like pad
Layered marimba and sawtooth, with stereo delay
Guitar/rhodes-like patch with distorsion
Rythmic harp pattern with the arpeggiator, which is polyphonic (up to 300 instances, same as the base polyphony)
Using the arpeggiator to make rythms
Rich flute ensemble sound
FM strings made of a single 6-op voice
The website is now multilingual (English/French) and the design was updated.
It will include the shop, forum and various resources for download when the EssenceFM is released.
We hope you enjoy how this project is going. Great thanks for all your support!