“Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” This question was asked of George Leigh Mallory, who was with both expeditions toward the summit of the world’s highest mountain, in 1921 and 1922, and who is now in New York. He plans to go again in 1924, and he gave as the reason for persisting in these repeated attempts to reach the top, “Because it’s there.”

When Yamaha introduced the Frequency Modulated digital synthesizer DX7 in 1983, they pretty much changed the sound of popular music.

The somewhat complex method to use different oscillators that could be used to modulate each other was a method that offered a totally new sound spectrum.

Besides a range of pads, strings, solo instruments and synthy stuff, there where two things that the FM machines could to that no analogue unit could come close: Electric Piano sounds and Basses.

The crisp digital EP, (Electric Piano), sounds that the FM units produces are really instruments in their own right rather then emulations of the real thing, like Rhodes and Wurlitzers. The FM synths have a unique way of producing attack timbre and sounds with a bell quality.

When sampling an acoustic piano, using multiple velocity layers is standard. In a modern sampled acoustic piano you probably would expect at least 16 velocity layers.

In the FM EP’s there’s a lot going on in the modulation between the different sources and also filters that changes, and that makes these EP’s very expressive and unique sounding.

Sampled synthesizer sounds are often done with one or a couple velocities, but I really, really think that the FM EP’s should be considered proper instruments in their own right.

(One can also use George Mallory’s famous quote……)

So, that is exactly what we have done.

This deep sampled FM EP has all notes sampled in 22 velocity levels.

This captures all the nuances of the complex sound structure of the instrument.


  • 44.1 24 bits stereo samples
  • All notes sampled
  • 22 velocities/note
  • Kontakt, HALion, EXS24 and SFZ formats included. (Full Kontakt needed)
  • 4.5 GB (Download file zipped to 3.8 GB

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