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Kodamo EssenceFM

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The EssenceFM is a modern FM synthesizer representing our new vision of FM synthesis. By using a large touch screen and dedicated knobs/keys for common operations, creating complex FM sounds is easier than on any other synth. The 1000-step undo/redo history encourages you to experiment with sound without having to worry about making mistakes!


Hybrid FM and subtractive synthesis with resonant filter.

300 voice polyphony (6-op FM) with layering ability to create sounds made of 12, 18, 24 or more FM operators

Free algorithm & envelope design: use the touch screen to link the operators together and shape your envelopes

24 fully customizable waveforms, built-in effects, multitimbral, microtuning support and much more...

Choose between linear and exponential envelopes

Link the operators together by drag'n'drop

Design complex envelopes easily

The EssenceFM is organized into 4 modes accessible with the buttons.

Performance is ideal for orchestrations, polyphonic expression controllers (MPE) or very fat sounds.

Patch is where you layer Voices, split them across the keyboard, detune them and setup other behaviors like the arpeggiator

Voice is a 6-op FM sound with its envelopes, frequency parameters, filter settings and more.

Global provides everything else: display and MIDI settings, waveform editing, scales.

Design your own algorithms by creating links between operators.

Draw waveforms with the touch screen or import them from wave files.

The EssenceFM has 24 fully customizeable waveforms.

Make complex envelopes easily by moving the points and defining their attributes (sustain, loop start, loop end...)

Create layers and splits with advanced options like round robin, exclusion groups and arpeggiator.

Design exotic scales, early temperaments and microtunings.

Use the modulation matrix to shape the sound in every possible way.

Assign parts to different audio outputs and configure each effect DSP.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Frequency Modulation
Oscillators: 6
Waveforms: Additive, Sine, User Drawn, Wave Table
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO
Oscillator Notes:
24 interpolated, band-limited waveforms
Envelopes: 6
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Delay, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 300
Timbrality: 300
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 3328
Multipatches RAM: 256
Storage: Internal
Editing: USB
1 per voice (300 total), 16 events, 128 steps resolution grid, 1-500 BPM tempo, syncable to MIDI beat
An event contains a voice ID, a note number, a duration and a volume. It can trigger notes or dynamically swap the FM parameters with another voice
128 steps voice sequencer
Case: Desktop
Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Arpeggiator
Display Type: LED, OLED, TouchView
Display Count H: 400
Display Count V: 240
Display Notes: 7" IPS capacitive multi-touch screen
Dimensions (WxDxH): 133 x 482.6 x 58 mm
Weight: 1.8 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo 3, Stereo 4, Stereo Headphone
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Power: DC 12V 2A
Year Released: 2020
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] kodamo.org
MSRP List Price: €1390 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,650 - convert

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