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The Unshakable Behemoth of FM Synthesis
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.