“Ultra-affordable pocket-money Kontakt instruments utilising samples from a range of classic and vintage hardware synths in a very straightforward common interface… the Grit Filter sounds fabulous.
The ‘intelligent’ controls cross-reference each other to operate a range of behind-the-scenes settings aimed at optimising the character of the sounds. There’s also a similarly intelligent ‘randomise’ button onboard.
At this price all the NanoMods are well worth your attention” – Computer Music magazine
“The potential of these NanoMods is amazing” – Harvey Jones, NYC producer and composer
NanoMod FM takes you back into the bright, shiny heartland of the 80s with two waves from Yamaha’s ubiquitous DX series. With their glassy, glossy digital sheen and metallic overtones, these are great for bells, bars and tines on the one hand, and richly-overtoned digital synth tones on the other. Tame them with the analogue Grit Filter, or let them shine through!
Wave 1 is a very complex FM wave using the superstacked Algorithm 18 with a hefty dose of feedback. We detuned two different versions of this patch in the DX7II to create a moving, modulating wave with a ton of upper-harmonic overtones. Great for all manner of synthing!
Wave 2 is a classic DX electric piano patch with the sustain turned up indefinitely and, again, some liberal use of detuning to make it richer and weightier. Selecting any of the Envelope settings with a fast attack will let the familiar DX “tines” bite through; the wave then smooths off rapidly to a set of thickly resonant sine waves, so backing off on that attack gets you some nice easy pads.
Monika Edvardsen (verified owner) –
From hitting the randomizer button and making tiny adjustments, I’ve gotten strange and beautiful bells, plucks (that in my mind are sitars, guitars and zithers), a “bass toy piano”, dreamy Novachord-like pads and keys and so on. Love it. This goes for all the Nanomods: When adjusting the envelope I often found had trouble with finding the right one for pads (it was either too slow or too short), but after adjusting the attack curve (under the hood) from -33 to 40 I always get what I want.
Poesque (verified owner) –
Tune to FM and it grooves.
Gives you a nice warm 80’s FM sound – It has many good uses from pads to leads.