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Native Instruments FM-7 SynthesizerSoftware version of the vintage DX series synthesizer is a winner
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Over the years there have been other DX series instruments both keyboard and module based that expanded upon the promise of FM nirvana. While I am not sitting with Yamahas sales figures in hand, it is my impression that none of the later DX series synths were ever as popular as the DX-7, which was the top-selling synthesizer of its time (introduced in 1983).
Which brings us to the present day. Germanys Native Instruments (who have distinguished themselves with past offerings such as the Prophet-5 virtual instrument software Pro-52 and Hammond organ virtual instrument B-4), has recently introduced the newest member of its Vintage line, FM-7.
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FM-7 may be utilized as a standalone program as well as a plug-in. Supported interfaces include: VST 2.0, ASIO, MAS, Sound Manager, and FreeMIDI. FM-7 also allows for the insertion of external audio which can function as a modulation source (or be processed by the effects section) by way of VST and MAS interfaces.
FM-7 can display a virtual 5-octave keyboard with pitch-bend and modulation wheels, and by clicking on the virtual keys you can audition sounds without the need to have a controller present. The virtual keys respond to any incoming MIDI information, and I had a few entertaining moments watching the screen try to keep up with my fingers. The virtual instrument window may be hidden if desired.
Related Keywords:synthesizers, emulation, DX, FM-7, Yamaha, Native Instruments, digital audio
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