Have to agree that Serum is a pretty neat soft synth to use if your looking for more of a “digital” style sound. While FM8 is a stellar soft synth, it can also be a bit of a pain to get into if you just wanna deign a sound and go.
- “Serum is an Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer that allows you to create your own wavetables from samples or by hand (drawing the waves). It features a powerful morphing tool, a very high sound quality when sampling/adding sounds and a lot of modulation possibilities, just like Massive.”
-FM8 is a very powerful FM synthesizer that has a very intuitive FM Matrix and gives out very clean and interesting sounds when “feeding” operators one another. (Also called “feedback”)
It also features advanced modulation tools and sources, and it can also “digitalize” your sound with an awesome Digital slider."
I have both, and with serum you are able to create wavetables, and a few other intricate type back end style engineering applications can be applied to your audio design. With 10 effects, andimpler envelope designing, and filtering it is rather easy to pick up on.
FM8 allows you to have 6 oscillators, complex morphing of x:y, 12 high quality effects.
FM8 can be a bit complicated, but once you have the time to get into it, and automate parameters or design simple sound. It can be 1 of the best soft synths you’ll ever purchase. It’s matrix section
" ENTER THE MATRIX
Frequency modulation is based on the interaction of operators. A minimum of two, known as the modulator and carrier, are always interconnected. The modulator signal modulates the carrier’s frequency by a specific amount. The FM8’s matrix allows you to quickly connect any two operators, as well as determine the modulation amounts for all connections. The matrix makes handling frequency modulation parameters simple. It also provides a concise overview of all FM connections, so you don’t have to go from page to page to collect all a sounds’ parameter data."
Oh I’ll stop now, and just go play with it some! haha…
Just kidding, but seriously it really all depends on what your looking for in a synth. Or what sort of sound design you want to do. You can do some FM modulation within Serum, but bare in mind you only have 2 real oscillators, but can stack 4 signals from within it. (SUB, OSC A, OSC B, Noise).
Good luck, and hope my rambling helps!
Ps. Wish you were looking for more of the old school sound, woulda suggested my FAV:
This video is a bit boring, but hopefully will offer some insight into this synth.
It’s great for unison, pads, and getting a old detuned synth sound which having to run a patchbay! haha