Twisted Electrons has announced MEGAfm an FM hardware synthesizer based on two Yamaha YM2612 FM chips with 32 sliders for total control of all 4 operators.
They say it’s taken them a few years but the result is a deeply dark and beautifully featured take on the Yamaha FM chips found famously in the Sega Megadrive. Each chip offers 6-voice polyphony with 4 operators and 8 algorithms. MEGAfm combines them into a 12-voice synthesizer with 4 voicing modes: Poly12, stereo/wide6, special CH3 mode, 12 voice unison with detune/fat knob.
It’s the 32 sliders, 14 knobs and 15 buttons that catch the eye though. This should put to death the idea that FM is complicated or difficult to program. You now have every parameter out on the front for intuitive explorations of FM synthesis. There are also 3 LFOs to modulate any parameter, a 7-mode arpeggiator with transposable step-sequencer, vibrato and MIDI.
It looks amazing and sounds pretty awesome too. Check out the promo video.
The MEGAfm should be out in March and they are taking preorders now for €474.