What you get with the preenfm3 is :
. More voices with effect per voice.
. higher sample rate (48Khz vs 42)
. 6 instruments (instead of 4)
. A “mixer” section to have more control on each instrument
. 6 audio outputs instruments can be routed to
. A graphical user interface
. A builtin small sequencer
Nice to see PreenFM lineage growing. I can also wait … until VanDaalElectronics makes nice metal case. Until then … having fung with PreenFM2 which is already amazing with all the filters/FX, randomization, etc.
I love PreenFM. It has all the Digitone has except the sequencer. And the UX!!!
What made me sold the one I had assembled is the navigation in the UI… So many menu switching! 48 parameters for the envelopes alone!
Maybe with a giant Faderfox controller, it would change the experience.
Anyway, I’m glad to see this project is up and running! Might try another one later, if I learn how to add a few encoders…
Ha … I have bought, build and sold 2 PreenFM2s with pauses in between, always thinking it sounded too thin compared to other synths I had next to it. The 3rd one stays because the sound improved a lot with filters by ToltekRadiations. Maybe not beefier but definitely more organic. So I wonder how higher sample rate will affect the sound.
Placed my order from VanDaal in the metal case. Just when I thought I was GAS immune, FM3 came along.
6 routable audio outs! Graphical UI!
I hope this in combination with OT will be more than enough for me for a long time to come.
Yes, FM2 has 4 instruments that can be assigned to seperate midi channels. FM3 has 6 instruments. The FM3 has 6 assignable audio outputs, Fm2 is stereo out.
FM3 has lots of amazing potential but is still in development. I have every confidence Xavier will iron out the bugs and continue to add new features. However if I’m to be completely honest, if i could choose again at this moment I would go for the revised FM2 with the improved DAC rather than FM3. But I will probably change my mind on that in a few months. I don’t think there are many developers out there who provide better, more responsive ongoing support.
This is quite funny ! I just got the new FM2 and FM3 pcbs a week or so ago (Mouser parts arriving this week). The postage is quite a large part of the cost so I figured I’d get a stable FM2 and play with the FM3 (and mess with the code a bit) so I had something stable and working plus hopefully get the benefits of the fm3…
Thanks - yeah, 3d-printed - they are the bog standard ones that are in the GitHub. For the PreenFM3, I hand cut a piece of perspex and glued it in (I much prefer that as it keeps the dust off the screens and looks a bit better !) I need to get different knobs for the encoders on the FM2 (the Rogans were all I had handy)