Nakst releases Fluctus, a freeware 3-operator synthesizer available in CLAP plugin format for compatible digital audio workstations on Windows. The instrument is also available for FL Studio.
Fluctus features three FM operators arranged in a loop so that each modulates the next one. As a result, the signal can be modulated quite heavily, opening the potential for exciting FM sounds. Each operator has ADSR sliders along with brightness and detunes controls. There is also a set of master controls.
The operator layout in Fluctus visually displays the synthesis path and makes it relatively simple to understand for those new to FM synthesizers. The waveform preview display is also helpful when creating sounds from scratch.
Fluctus also features numerous effects that can add interest and depth to the generated sounds. At the bottom of the interface, users can apply hard or soft saturation, an LP/HP filter, ping-pong delay, and a phaser. This virtual synth also supports up to 2x oversampling.
Speaking of the interface, Fluctus is designed with ease of use in mind. The colorful layout is clear and concise and can be resized from 100% to 200% if desired.
A basic understanding of FM synthesis can help elevate your music production and sound design skills to the next level. While the 60 presets available in Fluctus can be a great starting point, creating your patches can add authenticity to your sound.
Fluctus is entirely FREE and requires no email sign-up or account creation. Follow the link to the Nakst website and click the download button to get your free copy of the instrument.
The software is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows-based plugin hosts that are compatible with the CLAP plugin format. It is also available in the native FL Studio format.
CLAP is a plugin format initially designed as open-source software in 2013. Recently, big names such as U-He and Bitwig have backed the project and are beta-testing their software in this format.
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