FM4 1.1 arrives

Here’s what’s new in FM4 1.1:

  • Audiobus support
  • iOS 7.0.x crash has been fixed
  • Performance boost: the UI responsiveness has been drastically improved
  • App-size has been reduced with more than 60%
  • The manual is up
  • Added a tempo popover with manual control of the tempo
  • Added a waveform popover with an overview of waveforms
  • Minor bug fixes


Just enjoying playing with littleBits Synth Kit (video)



I’d thought that this might have moved on a little more by now, still, it’s fun and you might want to encourage it along a little.



Caustic in Perspective — Caustic 3 (video)

Video description:

“My pilot test video of what I hope will set the standard for future video presentations”


FM4 lite arrives!

FM4 lite is a four operator FM synthesizer for iPad.

The lite version is fully functional except for the following limitations:

  • MIDI is disabled
  • Inter-app Audio is disabled
  • Audiobus is disabled
  • Saving is disabled
  • Only 40 factory presets are included


  • Four operators configurable in eight different routings
  • Three sound engines modelled on 1980s hardware units
  • Eight waveforms derived from classic FM synths
  • 2x, 3x, and 4x polyphonic unison
  • Tempo-syncable arpeggiator with up, down, up-down, and random patterns
  • Microtuning with eight different temperaments
  • Up to 24 voices of polyphony

Modelled on the popular DX series from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units.

Every aspect of the hardware — from envelope curves to sine-table sizes and quantisation errors to digital-to-analogue converters — has been meticulously analysed, in order to recreate the raw and dirty sound of the original units.

The interface has been carefully thought-out and is simple and intuitive, yet powerful — with every parameter being available on a single page. No menus, tabs, or jumping from page to page.

FM4 is capable of producing a multitude of sounds, ranging from punchy basses, crystal-clear bells, and lush pads, to organic textures, striking drums, and piercing leads.

All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and reference to these here in no way constitutes an association or affiliation with Primal Audio. All trademarks are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during the development of FM4.

And of course, it’s free …


7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth – Phase84 (video)


Figure update arrives …

Now you can upload your own cover art with Figure. Which is very nice indeed.