The YM2612 FM Chip

YM2612 FM Chip

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SEGA MEGADRIVE GENESIS CONSOLE HAD AN FM SYNTH INSIDE ?

FMDRIVE is a VST SYNTH based on the SEGA Genesis/Megadrive YM2612 FM sound chip. Yes...! from those who made the legendary early DX7 crunchy sounding FM soundchip!

It contains a ton of features that makes it easier to program than before and covers every unique particularity of the chip like: PCM , SSG EG, Special & CSM mode, Optional Model 1 distortion (ladder effect) and even some circuit bending options...

You can import and export, .tfi presets, dumps from emulators and even some compatible HOOT dumped voices (PC88 and compatible X68000...)

Every registers are automatable in your DAW of choice via MIDI for awesome results and the output can be converted later into a .VGM file.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful vintage sounding FM tool for modern music production. Check the manual and see by yourself!

Take your chance! Even the legendary Yuzo Koshiro is using it :)

For a complete Megadrive sound emulation, my SPSG VST will take care of the PSG chip!

You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 music instruments presets already available from Games VGMs or extract your own.

Go further with extended controls and even midi control a real Sega Genesis with VGM conversion or with a special hardware add on interface, theGENMDM (discontinued) designed by Little Scale. (Another Hardware module with 2* YM2612 or 3438 chips is in development at AJLAB and will be available as open-source hardware...)

Easy drag and drop VGM files onto the VGM2TFI program to extract and convert instruments used by the music files into TFI presets usable with FMDRIVE!


SEGA Megadrive

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FMDrive VST

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You can also play your composition on a real Megadrive! more on that soon...

FMDrive YM2612 VST Features and Details

WIN 32 VST runs on 32/64Bit Systems and is Multicore Compatible

HIGH QUALITY GUI

(Different panels for controls etc...)

INSTANT UPDATE FOR ALL CONTROLS

FULL MIDI AUTOMATION

With midi learn (right click to assign MIDI)

POLY & MONO MODE

with Glide Control

DIRECT OUTPUT OR MD1

Headphone Out filtering

TWO AUDIO MODELS

HQ and MD1

(Crystal clear and high resolution processing) and MD1 (emulate distortion and low resolution of MD1 model)

CIRCUIT BENDING

Tweak the chip in a cool way

YM2612 NATIVE FEATURES

4 OPERATORS FM SYNTHESIS

PARAMETRIC

Envelope Generator

SSG EG

LFO AM & PM

CH3 SPECIAL MODE

(Different frequencies for each OP) also different key on/off by External Midi channels

CSM MODE

(Kind of early vocal synthesis)

CH6 DAC MODE

(4 slots to load any PCM WAV files/ auto converted to mono 8/4bit 22/11/8Khz) with selectable start/end points and pitch control for that Megadrive crunchy samples.

OVERDRIVE LADDER EFFECT CONTROL

(MD1 MODE, adjust to taste)

RATE RATIO CONTROL

(Change the global EG RATE/SPEED from *0.1 to *4 for rapid tweaking/adjustment of the envelopes)

SOFTWARE GRAPHIC EG

Up to 8 stages /8 stage shapes/custom loop point (aka custom SSG) and sustain point.

CUSTOM LFO RATE (for low modulation...)

6 LFO SHAPE

Hardware + Software LFO Including noise

ATTACK & RELEASE

Software Time for the LFO

DT2 (larde detune) PARAMETER imported from YM2151

UNSYNC PMS

(Different settings for each OP)

OP FILTER

aka PHASE MODULATION FILTERING

(Reduce the modulation at high frequencies according to the amount of filtering)

GLOBAL FM SAMPLE RATE CONTROL

(Skip audio samples)

POLYPHONIC REDUCER

(Kind of increasing the FM bit crushing audio effect according to the number of voice/keys played..)

DAC CUSTOM GRAPHIC WAVEFORM

(14 bytes)

DRAW MODE or LFSR

(Random bytes generated, clock divider, sync with host tempo)

CSM

Timer A can also be controlled by MIDI notes !

(Shortest period limit on FMDrive is 1.13636ms note A5)

LOADS & SAVE TFI PATCHES

(Manual or auto load for fast selection)

LOAD & SAVE FULL PATCH & BANKS in FXB/FXP

CONTROLS THE REAL MEGADRIVE HARDWARE VIA MIDI

(Needed Little Scale GENMDM Midi Device)

Read the FMDrive Manual

Get amazing details about the YM2612 Chip and master the beast!

FMDRIVE YM2612 USER MANUAL V1.

FMDrive User Manual


Get It !

Get FMDrive for Windows.

FMDrive will be ported to Native x64 and OSX in the future.