Yamaha brings us FM Essential with AB and works as AU

Featuring an FM tone generator, FM Essential is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real-time synth performances and also lets you edit voices.

FM sound

  • Tone Generator: FM
  • Part: 1
  • Polyphony: 16
  • Preset Voice: 271
  • Arpeggiator patterns: 64
  • Chord pads: 20
  • Scales: 25

Drum Part

  • Tone Generator: Audio
  • Part: 1
  • Drum Pad: 16
  • Drum Pad Set: 3


  • Plug into MX!
  • You can play full 271 voices and voice store function if you connect your iOS with Yamaha music synthesizer MX BK/BU series.
  • Effects/EQ edit
    You can adjust parameters to edit effects and equalization.

Ball controller

  • Touch and drag in ball controller to modulate the sound by simultaneously changing multiple parameters based on the ball position.

Step sequencer

  • We can store the ball position in the currently selected scene box.

Arpeggiator and chord pads

  • You can play Arpeggiator and Chord pads in addition to keyboard with various scales.


  • Compatible with Audio Bus、Audio Unit Extentions
  • Compatible devices:
    • iPhone 5S, 6/6 plus, 6s/6s plus and SE, iPod touch 6th Generation or later, iPad Air 1st Generation or later, iPad mini 2nd Generation or later,iPad Pro

FM Essential is a universal app and is free on the app store now:

3 thoughts on “Yamaha brings us FM Essential with AB and works as AU”

  1. It should be noted that most of the functionality of this app is disabled unless your iOS device is connected to specific Yamaha hardware keyboards.


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