Fathom Synth

TrojakEW

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I din't find any in here about this very nice synth with unbeatable price so I posting it here.
https://www.fathomsynth.com

It is nice modular and of course good sounding synthesizer capable of producing variety of sounds. The best part it have no copyprotection so installing and using is simple and it can be. Now it is even on sale for 12$. I have too bought it before during previous sale for 15$ but it is worth alot of more then this. There is also free mono version to try. Here is simple marching track I made using only Fathom

For more tracks in order to hear how capable this synth is this check these tracks from One Synth Chalenge.

Developer is very active, responsive and update this synth quite often.
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
I din't find any in here about this very nice synth with unbeatable price so I posting it here.
https://www.fathomsynth.com

Developer is very active, responsive and update this synth quite often.
Digging in a bit more and this seems to have intriguing potential. User comments are so positive and capabilities amazing ….. especially in context with this promotional cost !!

Thank-you for heads-up ! Just ordered; would have otherwise missed for sure. :thumbsup:
 
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sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Close to one-year later and not much activity. Seaweed Audio has done several Updates ( v2.28 latest) and some cool Sound Banks available at very comfortable prices.

So much current interest in Modular and FathomSynth not getting much discussion.
Will be instructive to know shortcomings and much stronger alternatives.

Currently @ $32. for Pro version; $45. for Bundle with Pro + (4) cool SoundBanks .
 

rollasoc

Member
I do own this and do like playing with it. It hasn't made it into a tune yet.

But it is currently a little CPU intensive for my aging machine. The developer is aware of the issue and is working on it, though not convinced moving the processing into the GPU is beneficial for my even older graphics card.

It is free (in a cut down form) on this months Computer Music magazine.
 
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TrojakEW

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Yea the new version get some nice updates and features but as rollasoc said in certain situations synth is CPU hog.

There was already some improvements regarding performance but still it is really CPU heavy. On my old i7 4790 I was able to reach 100% CPU usage with just one instance while playing 16th note ostinato with 5 note chords progression.

From my tests problem is voice polyphony. Preset I made uses 2 oscillator where one of them have enabled 8 detuned voices. Release time on enevelope is not very long but still previous note is still playing because of fast ostinato and this incrase number of voices. There is audio qualitty setting you can be changed to draft mode in synth settings but it doesn't affect polyphony problem. So lets wait and hope there will be more performance updates.
 
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TrojakEW

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There are som new information regarding performance update that look promising.


I have again played a little with it and made some sounds that will send to developer to include them in official release.

I always trying to do kind of organic sounding presets. I do not trying to create realistic sounding one but instead I'm just borrowing behavior of real instruments and trying to use them on synth sounds. This test is no exception.

This is not track for normal listening just test of those sounds and also to show that Fathom can sounds nice. I know there is a lot of examples of Fathom sounds but not sure if there is any that use just Fathom and nothing else. So there are no external effects used here. Every sound is just pure Fathom Synth. Only limiter on master to avoid some occasional clipping. Track is divided in 5 parts. I post also screen of project from FL Studio to show those tracks piano roll and automation used.

1. 0:00 - 0:39 - Two instances of Fathom. 1st Hybrid piano that sound something like blend between piano, guitar, synth pluck and bass, Simulated dynamics on note velocity. Strings that have assigned modwheel to adjust simulated dynamics.

2.0:39 - 1:05 - One instance of Fathom. Plucked synth with sustain. Dynamics mod with note velocity.

3.1:05 - 2:07 - Four instances of Fathom. Same Strings patch as in first part. Next are 3 instances layered as one multi instrument. Staccato Brass dynamics based on note velocity. Sustain Brass dynamics based on note velocity and also modwheel and same Strings preset as above mod with MW.

4.2:07 -2:55 - Five instances of Fathom. CyneToms with dynamics based on note velocity, again same Strings preset (MW) and same multi Brass, Brass, Strings preset.

5.2:55 - 3:42 - 12 instances of Fathom. Kick, Snare, Hihat, Crash cymbal, Bass, Solo Cello, Impulse Pluck, Hybrid Piano, CyneToms and again same multi Brass, Brass, Strings all together.


What I miss is option to modulate envelope time to get better results but developer promise to implement it after performance update.