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Unmatched capability, difficult to learn.
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.
Hard to master, but if you do...
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.
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This is one good FM synth.
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)
I have to get around to learning FM Synthesis
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.