In a Tweet from Sept 2015, Mat Zo talks about using Native Instruments FM8 for making synths. He also says that with FM8, [Massive](http://equipboard.com/items/native-instruments-massive-synth), [Sylenth](http://equipboard.com/items/lennar-digital-sylenth1-software-synthesizer), and [Serum](http://equipboard.com/items/xfer-serum-advanced-wavetable-synthesizer), he never uses presets.more
"For live stuff I keep it pretty simple. Basically I use Ableton and a few third-party synths like Massive, FM8 and Sylenth. In the studio, I use Cubase, the Waves plug-ins. I'm a big fan of the iZotope plugins, Ozone and Alloy. Synth-wise: things like Massive, FM8 are sounding cool... and Sylenth for a lot of very cool analog sounds. It's kind of all the normal ones really!"more
Very technical synth that is great for growls.
"As for virtual instruments, I like Komplete 5. I really like Kontakt 3, it's very easy to add movement to sounds and have these tempo synced. I also really like Absynth, from a technical sound design perspective. Sadly life is too short to explore these instruments fully. I find sound creation in Absynth far too absorbing, it's much too easy to lose all sense of time. I also like FM8; as with FM7, all of the time I had invested in trying to edit the original DX7 many years previously all of a sudden started to make sense. I think from having used synths like the DX7 and D-50 with menu-based editing structures many years ago, it was somewhat of a revelation to use VST instruments and the ability to easily edit and play with the sounds. They also don't suffer from the background noise associated with analogue gear. I also like Guitar Rig 3. It can make any dull keyboard sound great."more
during a Facebook Q&A Mike Bugout asked: That lead bass sound in "The Max" that wubs is dope! What plug is the sound from and is there any special processing on it that you can tell me about? to which Chocolate Puma replied: We use fm8 for that and doubled it with a sylenth square sub.more
Beatport: Are there any particular Native Instruments you turn to for specific sounds? Do you have a preferred bass synth? Pads? Percussive parts? Jaytech: "For pads, strings and melodic elements I use Native Instruments FM8 for nearly everything. It’s versatile, easily tweakable and doesn’t use too much processor."more
When asked, "What VST plugins do you use for production now?" Darude includes Native Instruments FM8 in his list. His full response: > (Some) in alphabetical order from my AU folder: Discovery Pro FM8 Kick 2 Korg Legacy instruments LFO Tool Massive Melodyne Nexus Sausage Fattener Serum Spire Sylenth SynthMaster Transient Master UltraChannel Valhalla Vintage Verb Logic's own ES2, ES1, EXS24, Drummer, Channel EQ, Compressor, Stereo Delay, Tape Delay, Waves C6, Center, Vitamin, RenComp, RVerb, L2, CLA Vocals, H-Delay, Kramer Tape, Paz Analyzer, S1, CableGuys VolumeShaper, to name A FEW... ;)more
Icicle is asked in this *Music Radar* article what he thinks about [Omnisphere](http://equipboard.com/items/spectrasonics-omnisphere-virtual-synth) to which he responds "I used it a bit, but I've got this feeling that between [Absynth](http://equipboard.com/items/native-instruments-absynth-5) and FM8, I could almost make anything." - [Source](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/icicle-talks-dnb-production-the-universe-and-everything-618402).more
Short of owning a DX7, Native Instruments' FM8 is one of your best choices when it comes to FM synthesis. In addition to providing basic envelope, filter, and operator functions, FM8 steps things up by adding effects, processing, additional equalization, and arpeggiation.
FM synthesis is kind of intimidating if you ask me, but FM8 has made the discovery process much easier and more intuitive than I ever thought it would be. If you're on the fence about FM synthesis, I might pick up a cheaper option— if you're serious about FM synthesis, however, there simply isn't a better software option on the market than FM8.
I don't usually use software synths unless I make them myself, but when I really need a good sound and I don't feel like hooking up one of my hardware synths, I use this, it's good, but I don't really like any of the presets that come with it so I just tweak it until I can find something I like.
This is my favourite synth of any kind, BY FAR. I love the monster growls I can make in FM8. You really should get it if you make Dubstep, learn to use it, follow some tutorials online, read the manual, and make some bad-ass stuff.
FM8 Is a very unique tool with it's primary purpose being generating sounds using Frequency Modulation. This plugin makes FM Synthesis incredibly easy and simplistic. It's also the synth that Skrillex commonly used to create those monster growls back during Scary Monsters. Overall amazingly simple, yet versatile. Worth the money.
I've watched a couple tutorials online about fm synthesis and FM8 in particular and now that I've gotten passed the scary bits of learning it is a really cool synth for creating bass lines in. You can get some wild sounds.