RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer

Synth of Rage

The RYM2612 is a software FM synthesizer in VST, Audio Unit, AAX, and Rack Extension formats. It’s an emulation of the Yamaha YM2612 sound chip, best known for being the vibrant voice of the Sega Genesis/Megadrive video game console. More than a simple sound-alike, the emulation is cycle-accurate to the original chip, which allows reproducing every unique possibility of the synth. On top of this, the amp circuitry of the console has been reproduced too, in order to obtain the same grain you'd get if you plugged the real hardware into your DAW.

VST, AU, AAX plug-in (Win, Mac)

Price: $49
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Rack Extension (Win, Mac)

Price: €49 / $49 / £44
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Sound examples

DETUNE — Lord of the Genesis

Mathieu Demange — Is This Me?

Willbe — Dimension X

TritoneAddiction — A Day At The Circus

God Of Rainbows — nanoBots: EVOLUTION

HeavyViper — Cyberdrake Assault

Key features

  • Cycle-accurate emulation of the YM2612 FM sound chip
  • Genuinely reproduces the unique and characteristic sound of its hardware counterpart (digital saturation, huge feedback amount, natural distortion, …)
  • Audio input for adding 8-bit PCM sweetness to any signal
  • Low CPU usage
  • Switchable output filtering and ladder effect
  • A couple of limitations from the sound chip have been taken away: up to 16 voices of polyphony, dedicated PCM channel (you can of course stick to 6 simultaneous voices if you want to experience the real thing)
  • 100+ various, sorted, evocative patches to start with

The 16-bit legacy

Not many people were aware of this, but unlike other video game consoles, the Sega Genesis/Megadrive had a complete FM synth onboard. The Yamaha YM2612 provided enough features to produce complex, evolving tones, as well as crazy sound effects and PCM sample playback. This is your chance to get your hands on this altered beast, combined with the rich control and modulation possibilities offered by your modern DAW.

Sega and Yamaha brand names are the trademark of their respective owners. This product is in no way affiliated with these companies.

Insert extra patches

Meet RYMCast, the perfect companion app for RYM2612. It's a Genesis music files player that has the special ability to let you mute/solo each channel of your favorite soundtracks and to drag & drop the sounds directly to an RYM2612 instance. Also, RYMCast is free and runs on Windows, macOS, and GNU Linux.

Easy 8-bit effect

While the RYM2612 is given an audio input to turn any signal into sweet 8-bit PCM sounds, there's an easier way to get the same result! Meet the PCM2612 Retro Decimator Unit, a free bitcrusher effect plug-in based on the RYM2612 technology, available as VST, AU, AAX, Rack Extension and iOS App.

More RYM2612 sounds!

Co-developed with featured artist God of Rainbows, the RYM2612 ReFill (for Reason 10 and above) gathers 154 combinator patches categorized as bass, drums & percs, FX, keys, leads, organs, pads, and more! It also features 7 demo songs.

For VST/AU/AAX users, we've also compiled a .zip pack of 170 RYM2612 patches taken from the ReFill, to install manually (instructions are included).
Get the ReFill (Reason)Download the .zip pack (VST/AU/AAX)

Feel the FM vibe for your retro and modern needs, with a lively and authentic tone, taking the RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer as a bonus weapon in your synth arsenal.

Availability

32-bit and 64-bit VST 2, VST 3, 64-bit AAX plug-in for Windows (Vista and higher)
64-bit VST 2, VST 3, AU, AAX plug-in for macOS (10.7 and higher)
Rack Extension for Reason (7.1 and higher for Windows and macOS)

VST, AU, AAX plug-in (Win, Mac)

Price: $49
Instant download via SendOwl

Buy now
Rack Extension (Win, Mac)

Price: €49 / $49 / £44
Instant download via the Reason Studios Shop

Buy now