Waves Flow Motion – an easy-to-use FM synthesis powerhouse
The new Waves Flow Motion introduces a super-intuitive matrix interface making complex FM synthesis patches an absolute breeze.
One of the trickiest parts to grasp about FM synthesis is the complex cross-modulation between oscillators (usually called “operators” in FM synthesis), until now there haven’t been many plugins to tackle the user feedback side of routing within an FM synthesizer. There’s usually a preset number of algorithms to choose from, which have predefined modulation routings. Where Waves Flow Motion differs, is that it offers an incredibly easy-to-understand interface allowing for full control over oscillator routing. This makes for a huge variety of sonic possibilities in just the oscillator section alone!
On top of Waves Flow Motion’s advanced FM synthesis engine is an analog-modelled subtractive filter and a variety of effects. The plugin has four internal LFOs and envelopes for modulating almost any parameter, even effects. The oscillators also allow for Phase Modulation, which is an interesting technique you don’t see in many plugins.
A sequencing powerhouse…
Waves Flow Motion introduces a super-cool feature called “Snapshot Sequencer” which allows you to sequence through a variety of snapshot of all the parameters within the plugin. This allows you to create sounds that quickly morph from drum to bass to lead for example. When coupled with the note sequencer or arpeggiator, this makes for an incredibly powerful sound design tool.
Waves Flow Motion is a great plugin for beginners and more advanced users alike, the intuitive interface and huge variety of sonic possibilities are fantastic. It comes with over 1000 presets, including a variety of exclusive artist content (From producers like Juno Reactor, KJ Sawka and Ott). It’s NKS-ready for full compatibility with Native Instruments Komplete or Maschine hardware. The new plugin is currently on special for USD $39 (Around R550), the usual price is USD $99 (Around R1400).
For more information check out the Waves website.