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FM8 is a really brilliant tool for synthesizing electronic drum kits. And because it’s using live synthesis, you can make all kinds of variations in the sound easily in ways that don’t work with sampled kits. Our friend Gustavo Bravetti is a huge fan of FM8 and has added it to his workflow in Ableton Live.

Gustavo’s such a big FM8 fan, in fact, that he’s made up a special FM8 drum kit setup exclusively for CDM, to share with y’all. Because Gustavo works in Ableton Live, he’s set them up in that environment:

The sounds are contained on an Ableton Live dj set, also there is a demo clip for each instrument.
Instruments are copyright free, clips are only intended to preview the instruments.
Let me know your thoughts about the FM8 electronic drum kit 1

File download: (zipped Live ALS file with presets; we’ll have a Koresound soon)


Here’s what it sounds like:


And just to demonstrate how much change you can extract from synth parameters, here’s a quickie "messed-up" demo I made just by changing synth and effects options in FM8:


Be sure to check out Gustavo Bravetti himself, too. He did an interview for CDM in which he shares all his tricks for using unusual alternative controllers, gestural gloves, and gaming devices for music making. He also talks about the scene in his native Uruguay. Liz McLean Knight did the interview:

Interview: Gustavo Bravetti, Playing Music with Light and Interactive Gloves

How can you make the most of this FM8 kit? Here are some quick ideas, which I’ll follow up in the coming days:

If you don’t know your way around FM8, but you do have a copy, here’s your chance to explore. Try opening up the Effects or Easy panes and — it’s really okay — do some random knob tweaking. You’ll find you can make all kinds of interesting adjustments to the sound. Some of these synths sound especially nice if you open up their amplitude envelopes (try adjusting the Sustain level of the amplitude envelope).

If you don’t have FM8, by the way, you can download a demo for Mac and PC from NI’s FM8 site:

Native Instruments: Synth Line: FM8

Next steps: Given the ability to morph synth parameters, it makes sense to take this FM8 kit a little further, both in Live and in Kore. In Live, a drum rack and some other controls could be really handy. In Kore, this FM8 kit could be a great basis for a full Koresound. I’ll be working on the latter, for sure, working on pulling some handy modulation parameters for the whole sound, with additional controls for each embedded drum sound. With the step sequencer and/or arpeggiator, we should be able to build a nice Kore/FM8 drum machine — and a Live/FM8 drum machine to go with it, for Live users.

If you come up with your own modified version, let us know and we’ll host your productions here.

Incidentally, in case you’re wondering, even as a user of Ableton’s Operator (also an FM synth), I really like having FM8 around. They’re really different in philosophy. Operator emphasizes simplicity, and it’s really a hybrid between an FM synth and an analog subtractive synth. FM8 has some terrific built-in effects, and more sonic depth — with accompanying complexity. Ultimately, I find I make different kinds of sounds with each, and I’m not giving up either one. I know Gustavo also works with Operator, so he clearly feels the same way.

That said, as much as I like FM8, this seems to lay the gauntlet down for me to go make the drum kit I’ve been dreaming of in Massive, my personal favorite NI synth.


FM8 meets Guitar Rig in my sound design series

A soundpack for FM8 from NI

23 Responses

  1. [...] Free Exclusive Download: FM8 Drum Kit for Ableton Live from Gustavo Bravetti [...]

  2. ronnie

    Sweet, I love FM8′s sound.

  3. eric

    Sounds great–I know firsthand that good FM sounds take a lot of time to develop!

    But what if you have FM8 in a different host? Any hope of getting at these sounds???

  4. Peter Kirn

    Eric, I’m working on that — I’ll release these as FM8 presets and Koresounds for people who don’t have Live (or would otherwise prefer to use them without the als). Just didn’t want to hold up this particular release, especially as Live can be useful for some.

  5. MRKisThatKid

    I only have the audio unit versions installed, any way to get live to load them instead of the vsts? Tried dropping the fm8 into a track but it doesn’t carry over the preset.

  6. Peter Kirn

    @MRKisThatKid… hmmm, that may be an interaction between Live, FM8, and the VST and AU specs … possibly a bug in one or more of those.

    I’ll save the presets as discrete FM8 presets and upload those, and try loading that into my copy of Live for Mac.

    That plus the Koresounds. We’ll get to it. :)

  7. [...] Free Exclusive Download: FM8 Drum Kit for Ableton Live from Gustavo Bravetti [...]

  8. Torben Hansen

    I copied Gustavo’s groovy arrangement into Renoise – making it available for FM8-users using Renoise as host. Announced it on the Renoise forum: http://www.renoise.com/board/index.php?showtopic=17171

  9. [...] of FM8 with the drum-patches and the example drumloop. For info on the drumkit check this link: http://kore.noisepages.com/2008/07/24/free…stavo-bravetti/ For downloading my Renoise-file, get it here: [...]

  10. bsantoro

    FM8 Kit does not work on a Mac with Live 7 installed. Is it because I need some kind of VST wrapper to handle VST plug-ins? I have many VST plug-ins installed, but I almost always use Audio Units. Maybe I never tried to use any of the VST plug-ins.

  11. poorsod

    Agreed on Massive, I tend to make leads and basses with it but I’d love to hear a full drum-kit or something else off the beaten track.

    Also, on the FM8 front… tweaking the Easy Edit params is all well and good, but I would much rather program my own sounds! I’d love to see an introduction to the Expert panel, and how to set about bringing an idea to life from scratch, on this blog.

  12. Gustavo Bravetti

    I think that we have to produce some FM8 and Massive “from scratch” video tutorials. ;)

    All the best, and thanks for your support!

  13. [...] Originalseite mit Download [...]

  14. [...] einmal stieß ich über Cekay’s Blog auf einen sehr Interessanten Artikel. Gustavo Bravetti hat ein Free Drumkit für Ableton Live 7 und Native Instruments FM8 zum Download [...]

  15. bitbare

    a toy for lazy talentless losers

  16. djfreak

    how to load it to ableton live 7?
    i have no expirience with ableton,so i dont know how to use it….. :(
    can someone help me please?

  17. mikki

    bravoo belle bur the download cant make i dont know

  18. Argjend


  19. darko

    Kazite ne ki program za sviranje na tastaturi

  20. kinguderzo

    do you know where can i get all demo tracks of kore 2 and of the kore soundpacks?
    I see that you uploaded here some Demosongs, maybe you have all of them?!

    It would be perfect if you answer me to my email adress. Thanks!

  21. Muhamet


  22. andi

    i love fm8

  23. ilhan

    ilhan sabani

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