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Going Digital It’s not an accident that most of the synthesizers on the market today are digital. It’s also not because their technology is necessarily superior to the sound of analog, Rhea says (though he acknowledges that digital synthesizers can produce a more stable pitch). Instead, it was simple economics: Digital instruments could be manufactured … Read more

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Synthesizer Components Even though many synthesizers possess the ebony and ivory keyboard of a piano, the rest of the machine — a chassis lined with knobs, dials and switches — looks more like it belongs in a garage instead of a concert hall. Nonetheless, the synthesizer contains the same two components as almost any other … Read more

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Synthesizing the Elements of Sound When we say that synthesizers manipulate the fundamental elements of a sound, what do we really mean? First, here are a few basics. A sound is the result of changes in air pressure as energy travels from a sound’s source to our ears. The human ear can process sounds in … Read more

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Synthesizers 1. When we think of synthesizers, it’s tough to set aside our preconceptions. We might think of fuzzy, 8-bit video game soundtracks and impossibly catchy pop songs from the 1980s. We might think of a lush, digital orchestra emanating from a keyboard. We envision knobs and dials and cables strewn all about. We might … Read more