FRMS is a versatile hybrid synthesizer that combines Granular, FM, Subtractive and Additive synthesis using a flexible layering system.
FRMS takes the interesting and exciting world of granular synthesis and gives it a musical edge by mixing it with FM synthesis to produce a wide variety of possible timbres, with a sleek and modern interface. From heavily-dense ambient drones, to glitchy mechanical beings, turn simple sounds into complex evolving soundscapes, with up to four layers of synthesis in any combination.
FRMS is available as a stand-alone app and AUv3 plugin only. No IAA audio support available.
FRMS is a CPU intensive app, therefore some devices with lower hardware specifications might not be able to play 4 simultaneous voices, resulting in possible audio glitches. The density of grains is the most significant aspect regarding performance. A 2nd gen iPad Pro is able to play all of the bundled presets with 4 voices.
- 4 synth engines, 4 layers per voice
- Granular, FM, Additive, Subtractive
- 8 FM modes, layers as operators
- Granulate Samples or Live Audio
- Up to 20 grains per layer
- 1 modulation matrix per layer
- 2 EG’s per layer
- 1 filter per layer and a master filter
- 4 voices polyphony
- 4 LFO’s with 5 modes
- Arpeggiator with 5 modes
- Delay and Reverb FX as layer send
- High Quality Sample Bank
- Built-in Audio Recorder
- MPE Compatible
- Ableton Link
Start with FRMS built-in library of samples, load your own, or even granulate live audio. Stack up to 4 layers of synthesis, with independent envelopes and modulation to create unique sounds with movement.
FRMS includes Imaginando’s Cloud Sync functionality (requires Imaginando account) so you can store and share your creations across devices with ease. Capture sounds wherever you are, then refine them in your studio, keep your creativity with you, wherever you go.
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New and Improved Updated Review
I am happy to amend my previous 3-star review. The Dev added the wave file import feature that this Ap was begging for. My only other problem was a couple features that were not working (chorder and hold functions). The rapid response from the Dev. was that answered the problem being related to MPE being enabled. Turn that off in "preferences" and ...bingo, problem solved. Based on the rapid response from the Dev. I have no doubt that this will be fixed soon enough.
Even without those features, this Ap is breaking new ground. Combining FM with Granular and subtractive synthesis is a great idea that has been too long in coming. The only thing I can think of that it really needs now is a good manual. The current on-line manual does a good job of describing features but tells us little about how to use them. But this problem only applies to the less obvious functions, as most of the Ap will be self-explanatory to those who are already familiar with subtractive, FM and granular synthesis.
I would lobby for future development to include a non-chromatic keypad-style keyboard which will allow users to create or select fixed scales and modal scales. After that, it will be hard to add anything to this great synthesizer Ap.
Developer Response ,
Hi. We have updated the app to version 1.0.1 which allows to import your own samples on iOS. Just open the file manager (down arrow icon on top of the granulator display) and choose from the left the imported section, below recordings. Then you have a button called "Import..." which will pop up a document picker from iOS. The chorder is very simple to use. Just select a patch and press a hexagon. With a hexagon selected, use the left or right side strummer. If you have further questions, contact us via our website. Best regards
This is Incredible!
I expected a lot from this app given the pedigree of these developers, and boy did they deliver!
From the 4 layers of granular sound sculpting, to the magnificently intuitive interface, to the beautiful GUI. All outstanding.
The more I play with this the more I appreciate its sophistication and artful design.
It also comes with a large collection of presets so you wouldn’t really need to roll your own if you weren’t inclined. I just bought the newly added Suprameja Music Cinematic preset collection and it’s vast and beautiful. I learned how to create my own fairly easily, but I’ll be exploring presets for months to come.
Developer Response ,
This is a wonderful review. Thank you very much for your support since ever! :)
Yummy audio goodness
Imaninando super fan over here ..own everything but a shirt.
Get this not because I say so but because it’s a monster.
Could use a bit of optimization as it lags on older technology other than that it’s solid and a great diversification of the product line.
Maybe we will see a DRC 2in the near future!
Developer Response ,
Hey Super-Fan Rian! Thank you for your exceptional support! We hear you re optimisation, FRMS is a very hungry monster, so getting every little performance boost we can is important to us. Like DRC once was, FRMS is very much at the start of its journey, and we're so pleased you're riding it with us.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.