Exakt Lite is a four-operator, twelve-voice FM synthesizer with eight classic FM algorithms. Each of the four aliasing-free operators features four waveforms (sinewave, saw, square, and triangle), along with the eight emulated waveforms from the vintage Yamaha TX81Z synthesizer module.
Each operator comes with a five-point TX envelope for amplitude modulation. The plugin also features a resonant multi-mode filter (low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass), and a syncable LFO module that can be routed to multiple modulation targets.
Exakt Lite was designed to be user-friendly. FM synthesizers are notorious for their steep learning curve, but Sonicbits have succeeded in making Exakt Lite relatively easy to comprehend. One of the helpful features is the waveform visualizer which shows the shape of the output wave in real-time. The interface is freely resizable and the control layout is well-organized.
Until now, Dexed by Digital Suburban was the undisputed champion of freeware FM synthesizer plugins. Exakt Lite finally introduces some much-needed FM synthesis competition in the virtual synthesizer market dominated by virtual analogs and subtractive synthesizers. Its well-designed UI and intuitive workflow are more than enough to make it an FM synthesizer worth trying. Have you tested Exakt Lite and do you prefer using it over Dexed?
Exakt Lite can be downloaded for free from the Sonicbits website. You don’t need to sign up for a user account in order to access the download link. The instrument is available in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats. Only 64-bit host applications are supported.
More info: Exakt Lite (4.20 MB download size, EXE installer, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)