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Yamaha have truly tried their best making FM easy to programme this synth, I do not own any other FM synths but from what other FM synths I've seen such as the original DX7 or volca FM the tiny screen and single data entry slider is not enough and seems a nightmare for programming FM but the incredibly useful proper screen and 4 data entry 'sliders' (which being honest needs a bit of getting use to) makes programming FM much easier than it normally is. 8 voices is more than enough normally but as it has mini keys sometimes whilst playing really big chords your fingers can slip and steal voices and to be honest I would of liked a larger keyboard and full sized keys would be preferable but I don't mind the mini keys too much and quickly got used to them. The inbuilt looper is really useful and great fun and the in built effects are surprisingly useful and good quality too. Some people complain about only having 4 operators but as my first FM synth its a great starting point and you can still get deep FM sounds with 4 operators.