Yamaha's FM Essentials just hit iTunes worldwide! This is a full FM synth app with a lot of features, and it arrives for free! Unfortunately it is limited to iOS 9 and later. Thanks to Franco for posting about it here as soon as he saw it!
Update: Shit. This app is crippled unless you spend about several hundred dollars on a shiny new Yamaha MX49 V2, which is so new I can't actually find it on any of the US sites. It is on the UK Yamaha site; listed for £446.00 in 49-keys and £579.00 in 61-keys. Because of recent events the exchange rate makes it impossible to guess what the MSRP will be in $USD. Wow the British Pound has tanked to $1.32. So the 49-key is $588. The old V1 sells for $500 though, so it might be closer to that when they become available.
FM Essential iTunes Description:
Featuring an FM tone generator, FM Essential is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real• time synth performances and also lets you edit voices.
Spec• FM sound
・Tone Generator: FM
・Preset Voice: 271
・Arpeggiator patterns: 64
・Chord pads: 20
・Scales: 25 • Drum Part
・Tone Generator: Audio
・Drum Pad: 16
・Drum Pad Set: 3
Plug into MX!• You can play full 271 voices and voice store function if you connect your iOS with Yamaha music synthesizer MX BK/BU series.
Effects/EQ edit• You can adjust parameters to edit effects and equalization.
Ball controller• Touch and drag in ball controller to modulate the sound by simultaneously changing multiple parameters based on the ball position.
Step sequencer• We can store the ball position in the currently selected scene box. Arpeggiator and chord pads • You can play Arpeggiator and Chord pads in addition to keyboard with various scales.
What's MX BK/BU/WH series? Find more here:
[Tim Note: This link isn't working right now.]
SupportCompatible with Audio Bus、Audio Unit Extentions
iPhone 5S, 6/6 plus, 6s/6s plus and SE, iPod touch 6th Generation or later, iPad Air 1st Generation or later, iPad mini 2nd Generation or later,iPad Pro