FM Essential 4+

Yamaha Corporation

    • 1.8 • 16 Ratings
    • Free



Featuring an FM tone generator, FM Essential is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real-time synth performances and also lets you edit voices.

-FM sound
・Tone Generator: FM
・Part: 1
・Polyphony: 16
・Preset Voice: 271
・Arpeggiator patterns: 64
・Chord pads: 20
・Scales: 25

-Drum Part
Tone Generator: Audio
Part: 1
Drum Pad: 16
Drum Pad Set: 3

Plug into MX!
-You can play full 271 voices and voice store function if you connect your iOS with Yamaha MX series.

Effects/EQ edit
-You can adjust parameters to edit effects and equalization.

Ball controller
-Touch and drag in ball controller to modulate the sound by simultaneously changing multiple parameters based on the ball position.

Step sequencer
-We can store the ball position in the currently selected scene box.

Arpeggiator and chord pads
-You can play Arpeggiator and Chord pads in addition to keyboard with various scales.

What's MX series?

-Compatible with Audio Bus、Audio Unit Extentions

*Previous MX series does not activates FM Essential.

What’s New

Version 1.1.6

Now supports iOS 15

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Mattakadeimos ,

Just dumb

But seeing how Yamaha has been over the last few years. No real surprise there.
How long has the mx series been out now and Yamaha are still locking this app behind a hardware trial at the minimum and a hard up sell of an entry level synth at worst. News flash Yamaha, if I wanted to buy an mx synth, I’d have already done it. But I really don’t like the key feel on low end keybeds so the mx is a straight miss for me. If it played like a dx7 keybed then we’d have a discussion. Just offer a pay option and auv3 and well, I’d pay for an official Yamaha synth app.

Appassin Greed ,

Yamaha Doesn’t Get It

A message to Yamaha: Look at Korg, Moog, Arturia, Sugar Bytes and Waldorf. They are serious creators of pro music hardware and/or software who have brought their wares to iOS, and not only has it not had a negative impact on their non-iOS sales, but it has actually become successful a route into new markets, building trust and loyalty with new customers. If you persist with your policy of producing otherwise great apps and then purposely crippling them to encourage sales of hardware, you will be on a hiding to nothing. How many sales of hardware have come directly from this app? How much money could you make by allowing customers to purchase full access to this app? You’ve done the hard work by creating it, now let us use it.

robman84 ,

Such a shame

Great sounding app and some fabulous features, but I have no way of getting to a store to unlock it using a Yamaha MX keyboard. Definitely a shame on Yamaha, assuming everyone is able to do this.

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