FM, or Frequency Modulation synthesis, is a technique that creates sounds by using one waveform, the MODULATOR, to alter the frequency of another - the CARRIER. FM synthesis was very popular in the 80s, and is very good at creating metallic, digital, or bell-like tones.

Audio ExamplesEdit

These are the factory patches from the most famous FM synth, the Yamaha DX7. You might hear some familiar sounds.

Synth ExamplesEdit

The most famous FM synth is the Yamaha DX-7, which was pretty much standard issue in the 80s. Nowadays dedicated FM synths are rare, but many bigger synths have FM capabilities.

Logic EFM

Native Instruments FM8

Ableton Operator

Reason Thor