Today we feature a pretty impressive subtractive synth by de la Mancha. FMMF has four separate subtractive modulation “Operators”, which can be used to carve out super gritty, dark and complex sounds – as well as simple tones if you prefer. Each operator has 17 different FM algorithms to try, 11 separate waveforms, and a Note Sync option. The operators can be customized using multi-stage envelopes and LFOs. One of the killer features of the synth is the ability to click and drag the envelopes, instead of moving knobs. This often feels more intuitive, and direct, when compared to The alternative.
Octave and Semitone controls are available for each of the operators, for detuning or octave doubling effects. The envelopes can also be BPM synced individually, including those used for the LFOs. Really, this synth must be seen to be believed, as the amount of combinations possible is quite staggering. Portamento, gate, and harmonic controls sweeten the deal, and give you unique abilities for rhythmic and harmonic edits.
Even more rhythmically powerful is the included arpeggiator. Although it is possible to use a separate midi arpeggiator before the instrument, having it right on the synth interface is a nice convenience. Even more convenient is the built in distortion, which includes 18 different distortion options, and built in delay module. The delay module has size, feedback, and damping controls, and impressively can be modulated either by an envelope, or using the LFO. For those who prefer to use presets, there are 64 included by fairly known sound designer Brian Botkiller.
With 1 to 16 note polyphony, this synth can be used for the thinnest of the thin sounds to the thickest of the thick. From ghostly chimes and bells to giant pads with harmonics upon harmonics, it can be achieved with this synth. If you don’t have any giant beast subtractive synths in your arsenal – this would be a good one to pick up.
As always, let us know in the comments below what you think, and feel free to post your own sounds and tracks!