The FM Collection
Yamaha’s legendary DX7 and TX81Z synthesizers dominated the sound of the 80s and 90s. From A-Ha to Michael and Janet Jackson’s biggest hits, FM’s precise-yet-organic character defined the era’s most enduring tracks. More recently, Ableton’s Operator brought the complex sound of FM to modern electronic artists like Daft Punk and Skrillex.
Following up our critically acclaimed Analog Collection and Purple Drums, we present The FM Collection: Three distinct Ableton projects that bring the history of Frequency Modulation synthesis to your Ableton arsenal. With a range that covers everything from vintage retrowave to future-focused dance music, the FM Collection’s flexible approach to FM allows for easy integration into all types of production.
Three Generations Of Sound
Our DX and 81Z libraries faithfully capture their most iconic sounds, via detailed multisampling that includes multiple velocity layers to recreate the subtle nuances of these instruments. Electric Piano, Marimba, Tubular Bells, and two of the most recognizable synth basses of both the 80s and 90s are all included. Timeless sounds with zero filler.
For more modern productions, the Operator pack includes 20 FM models that are optimized for bass, pad, lead and pluck textures, with macros that make FM a breeze to understand – even for beginners.
In addition to carefully crafted instruments, all libraries include an integrated manual that explains every feature in detail, along with the history of each original synth. There’s even a series of lessons and ProTips in the manual – perfect for diving deeper into your own designs.
More Than Just Presets
Every Symplesound product includes an array of royalty-free MIDI clips that include embedded preset and automation data, as well as sequences that are compatible with other synths in your existing rig. Each set of clips is a mini construction kit that you can edit directly or use as inspiration for a new track – and you can test drive them right now with our free FM Collection Loop Pack.
The Analog Collection
Vintage synth collectors often talk about the distinctive sound of their analog synths, and those distinctions are at the core of The Analog Collection. We captured the sonic identity of these synths and highlighted their most unique qualities. For hardcore synth fans, it's easy to distinguish the difference between a Moog bass and an SH-101 bass, so every instrument is designed to reflect the essence of its original source.
The Symplesound Analog Collection for Ableton Live features a wide assortment of legendary synthesizers – many vintage and no longer in production, like the Roland SH-101, Moog Little Phatty, and Doepfer Dark Energy Mk I.
More than just samples
Each library consists of 4 detailed analog instruments, 48 synth presets (24 with integrated effects), 4 versatile effects racks, 24 effects presets and 20 royalty-free MIDI loops that can be used directly with the collection – or even with other softsynths in your studio arsenal.
All of the synths in the collection have been faithfully multisampled over a five-octave range at 24-bit resolution, so whether the sound is a classic bass patch or a retro lead, every instrument covers vast sonic territory across the entire keyboard.
What's more, while many of these synths were originally monophonic, the sampled instruments are polyphonic. Long sought-after Moog pads and SH-101 chord stabs are a reality in this new context. For the full story, check out our FAQ.
Every clip is a preset
Thanks to Symplesound’s innovative approach to product design, the Analog Collection makes extensive use of Ableton’s MIDI clip envelopes. These envelopes function both as musical inspiration and a clever way to audition every sound before adding it to your user library, saving precious space on your hard drive and keeping your preset collection uncluttered.
Simplifying things further, all projects also include an integrated help guide explaining every aspect of their features. There's even a Pro Tips section in the guide for inspired experimentation.
“The upshot of all of this is that you get a library you can rely on to faithfully reproduce all these instruments, but also one you can bend to new musical applications and designs."
Full Push Compatibility
The Macros for each instrument are focused on maximum flexibility when used with Ableton Push. With a few quick adjustments, every instrument can easily be transformed into something else. For example, if you take a lead sound and shorten its Decay-Sustain parameter, you can instantly create a percussive sound. Another approach is to apply filtering and reverb to a bright pad instrument, converting it into an ethereal, ambient texture.
Our guiding principle for developing these products is to ensure that every instrument is versatile in its original version and easy to customize with Push, regardless of your experience level.