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Flow Motion FM Synth

FM synth engine with virtual analog processing
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The Dominant 80s Synth Sound—Reborn


FM synths like the Yamaha DX7 were huge in the 80s. Their bells, strings, brass, and bass sounds appear on countless hits of the era, and have remained popular in music by Skrillex, Kavinsky, and many more. But programming FM synthesis was often daunting and complex. Not anymore.

Flow Motion makes FM synthesis playful and easy. The graphic FM modulation matrix gives you instant visual feedback: simply drag-and-drop assignments between the four oscillators, each with independent waveform control. Or choose from over 1,000 presets that combine FM and analog tech for screaming leads, rich pads, floor-shaking basses, and big polysynths. Flow Motion does it all.

  • Over 1,000 factory and artist presets
  • 4-oscillator synthesis engine, with Frequency or Phase Modulation
  • Analog synth filter, VCA, 4 envelope/LFO modulators
  • Interconnections among oscillators give clear visual feedback for edits
  • 16-step sequencer with up to 16 recallable snapshots per patch
  • Built-in note sequencer / arpeggiator
  • Use as plugin or standalone instrument, in the studio or live
  • Rich roster of effects to process your sounds even further
  • MIDI Learn for hardware controllers
  • NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine
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FM Synthesis, without Compromise or Complication

  • Artist-Friendly Sound Creation

    You don’t need a degree in physics to program this FM synth. Visual, virtual “patch cords” connect the various FM operators together in a way that makes logical sense, and many parameters are just like analog synths anyway.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Digital Engine, Analog Flow

    Analog favorites, like 4-voice unison with detune and spread, “mini” or “obie” type filter curves with variable resonance peak, notch and bandpass response, portamento, and LFO smoothing bring the best of analog to digital.

  • Massive Modulation

    4 modulators choose between familiar ADSR envelopes with velocity and aftertouch response, or LFO with 6 waveforms, 3 re-triggering modes, unipolar or bipolar polarity, smoothing, fade-in, sync to tempo, and more.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Effects to Shape Your Sound

    Shape the synthesis further with modulatable drive, distortion, bit crusher, phaser, flanger, chorus, stereo delay, and reverb—all with the Waves effects lineage. There’s also a 4-stage graphic EQ, and both high- and low-pass filters.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • 16-Step Snapshot Sequencer/Arpeggiator

    Take “snapshots” of a complete preset with all parameters, and sequence up to 16 of them for playback. Tune each step, then step through snapshots for live performance, or sequence and arpeggiate in individual presets.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Presets for Creative Flow

    Get a jump start with a wide array of factory sounds, and over 1,000 presets from artists such as Richard Devine, Juno Reactor, and many more.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers