Waves Flow Motion Makes FM Synthesis ‘Playful And Easy’

Waves has introduced Flow Motion, a new FM-based virtual synthesizer that’s designed to combine the best elements of FM synthesis and subtractive synthesis in one instrument.

The Flow screen features a graphic FM modulation matrix that connects four powerful mono/polyphonic oscillators, with independent waveform and pan controls. You can modify assignments between the oscillators, using four independent floating LFO/envelope modulators, with  drag-and-drop editing.

The Motion screen lets you further control filters, amplitude, EQ and FX in a traditional way, for added power and flexibility.


  • Hybrid FM synth combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • Graphic FM modulation matrix with instant visual feedback
  • 1000+ preset library, including exclusive artist presets
  • 4 high-resolution oscillators
  • 4 flexible LFOs and envelope modulators
  • 16-step snapshot sequencer: sequence up to 16 recallable snapshots per patch
  • Built-in note sequencer/arpeggiator
  • Studio-quality FX
  • Use as standalone instrument or plugin, in the studio or live
  • NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

Pricing and Availability

Flow Motion is available for US $99.

8 thoughts on “Waves Flow Motion Makes FM Synthesis ‘Playful And Easy’

  1. The UI looks interesting for a FM synth. At least they are trying to make FM more easily accessible.

    That video demo “song” though… 😐

  2. This synth is on sale for 39 bucks (I paid 33 on AudioDeluxe) and is a no brainier, the gui actually works, it’s not. Gimmic, it makes sence…the sound is superb, the 1000 presets are actually realy good as is the VA filter which realy something to sound design, the snapshot sequencer is fun, all in all it’s like a software Digitone (I say that as a Digitone owner! ) so get it!

  3. Thanks, Sean, for the price nudge. I’m not a big FM fan, nor am I a Waves fan, so I’ll pass, but good to now the GUI works well– and that it’s on sale!!

  4. Sounds pretty horrible in the video. You’d think they’d show off some nice FM tones rather than that squeeky sounding filter. Will give the demo a go though before making any concrete judgement.

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