FM Player 2 puts classic ‘80s Yamaha DX synth sounds on your iPad for $0.99

AudioKit Pro FM Player 2
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AudioKit has rebooted its FM Player iPad synth, with the new version adding support for the AUv3 plugin standard and a vintage-style arpeggiator/step sequencer.

This sample-based instrument promises faithful emulations of the presets from the classic DX7, DX7II and TX81z synths - more than 200 of them, in fact. There are new effects - stereo phaser, vintage chorus, flanger, amp sim and more - plus dual sound layers per voice, keyboard splits and three LFOs.

Other handy additions include a compression system that packs more than 1GB of sounds into less than 200MB, tempo-sync controls and Ableton Link support.

It’s worth remembering, too, that this and other open-source AudioKit apps - including Synth One and Digital D1 - are created entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from sales going towards product development.

FM Player 2’s regular price is $7.99, but if you snap it up now you can have it for the no-brainer price of $0.99 (this offer applies until 15 August). The update is free for existing users.

You can purchase FM Player 2 on the Apple App Store.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. 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, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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