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:


Yamaha announces their Wireless MIDI Adaptor MD-BT01 and UD-BT01

This looks like a nice solution from Yamaha, and what’s more they’ve updated their Mobile Music Sequencer, Synth Arp & Drum Pad, Performance Editor Essential, Faders, Voice Editor Essential, Multi Editor Essential, and reface capture apps to work with it too.

Nice move.

QY70, hmm I want one of these too now!

Ok, Tom from music thing makes a good suggestion. The Yamaha QY70. Nice machine.

But both this and the Roland are less powerful than Bhajis Loops. Why would I go for either one? Not sure, but I do fancy having a play.