Beautiful Free iPad instrument featuring the classic sounds of famous 80s FM Synthesizers.
"BEST FREE APPS OF 2017" - Electronic Musician Magazine
"BEST iOS APPS – 2017" - Audio News Room (ANR)
We are all volunteers and this was a labor of love, we have spent months lovingly crafting and sampling the sounds.
*** Optimized for newer iPads for best performance.
Note: App will not work on older iPad 4 devices.
• Faithful recordings of famous classic presets from original retro 80s FM Synthesizers
• Over 65+ presets included, completely free!
• Beautiful Reverb, Auto Pan, Bit Crush, Stereo Fatten, and more!
• MIDI in (Play with a MIDI Keyboard)
• Low-pass Filter: Cutoff, Rez, and Filter LFO
• Analog Tape Style Ping-Pong Delay
• Attack/Release envelopes
• GREAT for playing Live with a Keyboard: MIDI Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Program Change, Velocity sensitive sounds, and Sustain Pedal support already added
• Audiobus 3 support. Use these amazing sounds w/ other apps that support AB3 audio & midi. We love Audiobus!
• Basic Inter-App Audio (IAA) integration to work with GarageBand.
• All Knobs have MIDI Learn!
NOTE: This app is intended to be a live instrument controlled with a MIDI Keyboard. The IAA integration is very basic. Thank you. The app does NOT work well with iOS DAWs like Cubasis. We are working on future apps that will work better in DAWs using AUv3.
“Sounds LUSH and Awesome!”
– The Sound Test Room
“Presets sound authentically like the original hardware”
– Electronic Musician Magazine
"I love the sound of it. FM Player proves the iPad can be a great sounding, viable synth."
"Sounds FANTASTIC! Did I mention it's free?"
"Famous DX7 sounds with such clarity... this app captures the magic of the DX7."
- Power DX7 YouTube Channel
"The sound quality is incredible! Absolutely amazing!"
- IOSoundDesign, AudioBus Forum
"Truly sounds like the real deal! DX7 is all about the EPs for me...and this one nails it!" - David A., AudioBus Forum
"So crisp and clean. I had a few 80/90’s flashbacks on some of those presets. Very cool!" – Eros, AudioBus Forum
+ We are all volunteers, we do not get paid anything to make this app. We would be humbled if you checked it out.
• BONUS: All features included Free. Plus, it's Ad Free!
• Official Video:
• Source Code to make your own app available free: http://audiokitpro.com/fmplayer
• Free and open-source, if you like the app, please support it by telling your friends and other musicians. And, leaving great reviews in the App Store! It's quick and helps inspire us to make more apps!
• This app has no affiliation with Yamaha. It is a free & open-source project to bring the joy of music making to the world. We appreciate Yamaha's beautiful instruments.
Thank you! In this update, we've made FM Player work better with older devices.
+ Plus, Added Playback "Buffer" Setting Feature
You'll find the new buffer choices in the "Settings" button to the upper left of the keyboard.
For older devices, you can set the Buffer higher to reduce crackling.
+ FM Player 2 is in the works. And, you're gonna love it. We're re-engineering FM Player so that we can make it AUv3. Plus, we just made AudioKit Synth One accessible for the Blind and visually impaired. We're on a mission to make music-making accessible to all musicians, worldwide.
+ Plus, we have released a fund-raising app called AudioKit Digital D1. 100% of the proceeds go to the AudioKit Project, and to support free apps like AudioKit Synth One and FM Player for years to come. :)
Please note that we all are volunteers. AudioKit does not have any sponsors or investors. We are all musician/developers who love making apps. Any help spreading the word about this app would be appreciated. The more people that know about the apps, the more musicians can enjoy them! Thank you!
For friendly conversation and bug reports, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ratings and Reviews
Extremely well done!
I still own (and use) my DX7IIFD that I bought in 1989, but it rarely leaves my home studio, which is probably why it still works as good as new. So, if I want to incorporate that unique FM synthesis at a gig or on the road, I’m left with virtual instrument options. There’s two approaches for virtual FM - modeling or sampling (or a hybrid of both). I’ve got a number of satisfactory modeling options on my computer rig that I enjoy and use frequently, but none of them gives me the same exact ‘vibe’ of my hardware, and I’ve never been happy with sampled DX sounds because, even though many are very accurate, they always feel static or sterile to me. Furthermore, I’ve never been happy with any of the DX instruments for iOS. This app sounds fantastic and really captures the character of the DX7 without sounding or feeling like a sampler. And it is really fun and inspiring to play. I will absolutely be using it in my live gigs. My thanks and admiration to the developers and the AudioKit team for providing a free synth that sounds rich and professional, and is useful right out of the box. I also love that it much easier to pack up, carry, set up, and tear down than my good old DX7 beast! Well done!
I just got the latest edition of Electronic Musician. The first thing I read is the iOS monthly review of the latest apps. I went looking for another synth based on the magazine’s recommendation, and found this one instead.
I have many expensive, paid apps that can either play sample based DX sounds, or create FM synthesis the old fashioned way with virtual operators. Some are 4 op, others are 6+, depending on how many virtual algorithms they are based on. You wouldn’t think that your open source freeware ROMpler would come close to any of those apps, however, I’m stating that these are the best 6 operator samples I have heard in iOS yet! Keep up the awesome work! I’ve been using iOS in live performance for years and have been waiting for this app!
i just wanted to leave some constructive criticism for the devs. for a free app this is great! however 400+mb is a really big download. i use a full featured FM synth app that is under 4mb, so less than 1% the size and it lets you synthesize, save patches, load DX7 sysex, etc. obviously a rompler needs to save all the sounds, but perhaps FM isnt the best form? mellotron, string machines, etc, would lend themselves to more of a rompler format. i also find subjectively that the low pass filter is very poor and unmusical, but that may just be because i am unaccustomed to hearing complex FM sounds through an analog style filter. this is unmistakably a great gift and a promising platform, so i certainly look forward to your future apps! please just keep them as trim as possible so i can make room for them on my device!
Developer Response ,
You're in luck! We're developing a new lossless compression for FM Player 2. It will ship with 1 GB of sounds that will use only 200mb! More sounds, and less device storage! With full, amazing sound quality! Plus, if you (or anyone reading) wants to send us a mellotron or string machine, we'll happily sample it (email@example.com). We're all volunteers. You could volunteer a synth for us to sample and contribute. There are over 100 people so far who have contributed to the project (code, testing, sounds). You could join us!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.