"I started using more of FL Studio’s own stuff—Harmor, 3osc, Sytrus, and a bunch of other underrated plugins. They do pretty much exactly what you want them to do when you know them well enough. But as all experienced producers know, it’s not about the car, it’s about the driver. So processing stuff, treatment and flair is often what gives an artist an edgy sound."more
When TLT is asked how he started using FL Studio, he says he experimented with different sytrus presets: > "I was hooked, I didn't know any kind of music theory or any knowledge in mixing or mastering, but I had music ideas that I wanted to express really badly for a long time, and FL Studio enabled me to finally do it, all the different presets in Sytrus were enough to get me going to try and produce my first songs without even touching the mixer panel, dragged it all into the playlist and then exported it into MP3s, I never felt any sort of limit to what I could do with it."more
FM synthesis is when a single waveform's timbre is modulated with another waveform; the modulator frequency. Sytrus takes this idea and goes mad with it. This monster synth sports 6 separate oscillators, or operators, which can be modulated with each other in a seemingly infinite number of configurations using the matrix. Not to mention the 3 filters and a surprisingly flexible effects section. which adds far more capability than most other FM soft-synths, like Native Instrument's FM8, or Tone2's Nemesis. When I first started using Sytrus in FL 11, it seemed rather unassuming with its tiny window and friendly color scheme. I soon discovered what this synth could really do. Playing with the matrix unlocked more possibilities than I could handle. On top of all this, you can import or simply create your own waveforms using the oscillator tab. So basically, with the right amount of knowledge, this synth can do anything. Of course, it comes equipped with FL's fantastic envelope and LFO editors for every parameter. In all honesty, the capabilities of Sytrus go far beyond what's normally expected from a soft-synth. In terms of just being a synth, I'd love to give this a 5/5, but there are a few things which lower its score to a 4/5, such as the miserable quality of the filters, and the difficult-to-navigate interface with the myriad of tabs and parameters which often results in a headache for me.
If you know what you're doing with Sytrus, there are few limits on the sounds you can come up with. That being said, the GUI is pretty intimidating, although the recent update has helped some with that, and the learning curve is beyond steep. However, there are few synths that are more rewarding to learn.
This synth is THE FM synth. With it's intuitive matrix, six oscillators, 3 filters, decent FX, and a cool additive feature (way more to that than meets the eye), plus some interesting wave shaping capabilities, this is the synth you want (read need) for FM synthesis. You might want to check out some tutorials on it, since it can seem daunting at first and there's a lot you can do. Definitely happy it come's free with certain versions of FL Studio. (It's also available as a VST from Image Line)
Its like Additive, Subtractive (does that cancel out?), and FM all in one. It has a neat unison engine and features separate AM and FM matrices similar to FM8. The GUI is a bit small, however.
I don't really go too in depth with this plugin because I don't know FM Synthesis too well, so for now I use alot of presets that the plugin comes with. The plugin makes really nice pluck sounds and the basses and pianos are pretty good also.
Sytrus comes with FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops) and brings an easy to use Vst for work in music. Sytrus, like Vst program Massive, is capable of making both synths and Skrillex-like drops but really exceeds expectations in the drops. Like Massive, this software is easy to use for newbies and, as they evolve in music, is capable of evolving with them due to its great FM sound bank! Want Growls? You got it!
Sidenote for NEWBIES: Can't figure your growl just yet? Try Youtube. SeamlessR has a large library of tutorials! Good luck!
Years after getting it, I am still scratching the surface of the capabilities of this FM/subtractive/matrix synth. It does things we only dreamed possible as kids. The user interface is simple and intuitive. I can't say enough good things about Image Line's Sytrus. Its biggest fault is that it is so powerful you can get sidetracked fiddling with it. If you just need a DX7 sound or something else basic its better to reach for something less versatile so you don't waste a bunch of time over-refining things. But if you aren't 100% sure what sort of FM sound you wanna make, then Sytrus is the jam. It will inspire you to better the vague notions already in your fevered musician brain.
Unlike FM8, you can import your own waveforms, add extra harmonics, and ring modulate. I love sytrus and it creates so many good sounds. FM8 however can FM inputting signals, which sytrus doesn't do. Neither of the synths is able to FM(/RM) post a filter, which in my opinion is a shame, because I wonder what kind of sounds you could do, if you could.
Also I always use sytrus for subbass, the sine wave is just so pure and loud.
I've never really worked with FM8, but I'm so use to Sytrus that I don't think I could use FM8. It's just a nice-sounding FM synth that comes with FL Studio.