Moogle!, on Feb 11 2009, 02:45 PM, said:
Any 4 op, 8 algorithm synth can imitate a Genesis to some degree. It's a shame OPL3 can only do 4 of the algorithms though.
Just about any FM synth Yamaha made (also the sy/tg 77 and SY 99) can play Genesis instruments, though the formts aren't always compatible, and some synths, like the DX7/II/FD and TX7 are mono or bi timbrial, so if you wanted to do an FM song, you'd have to do it one track at a time.
Yeah, I wouldn't even bother with the DX7 and the other higher end synths if the Genesis sound is what you're after. Back when I was designing Sonic QX, I wanted to be sure that TX81Z voices would be compatible with the YM2612, so I ported a voice from Green Hill Zone to the TX81Z and played it, and after a little tweaking (because there are slight technical differences in the way the numbers are handled), I got the voice playing. It sounded just like the Genesis. And likewise afterwards, TX81Z and compatible voices were made portable to the Genesis. But my point is it's been proven and tested. I'd say one of Yamaha's 4 operator, 8 algorithm synths would be an easy way to go about what you want. I have a TX81Z, and for anyone who wants a Genesis sound, it's a product I recommend. But if it's a full keyboard you want, the equivallent to the TX81Z is the DX11.