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Bleass says that its new Omega plugin is “not just easier than other FM synths, it’s easy - period!”

Whenever a developer releases a new FM plugin synth, it’s become almost obligatory for it to describe its hardware forebears as being ‘notoriously difficult to program’, and to say that it’s made the whole process a lot easier. 

With Omega, Bleass is going precisely that; in fact, it’s going even further, claiming that it’s “not just easier than other FM synths, it’s easy - period!”

So, we’re assured that Omega can produce all the FM tones you’re familiar with - sparkly electric pianos, pads and bells, plus deep basses - but without the hassle. There are four operators, which are all editable on one screen, along with an analogue-style waveshaper and multimode filter.

Omega comes with 11 FM algorithms, each of which interconnects the four operators in a different way, and there are more than 160 presets. Modulation comes courtesy of two LFOs and a third ADSR envelope, there’s a dedicated motion sequencer, and you can dial in chorus, tremolo, delay and reverb effects.

Omega runs on PC and Mac as a VST/AU plugin and is available now for the introductory price of $59. Find out more and download a demo on the Bleass website.

There’s also an iOS version, which runs standalone and as an AUv3 plugin and costs $10/£9. This is available from the Apple App Store.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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