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Thursday, December 13th, 2018 09:11 pm

Synth Glossary

Frequency Modulation (FM):
Frequency modulation allows the output of one oscillator to drive the frequency of another oscillator. It can generate very complex sounds from very simple waveforms and is the basis of the Yamaha DX range of synthisizers and OPL range of synthesizer chips (used in Adlib and most other soundcards)....


The Axxe is basically a monophonic version of the Odyssey (which was duophonic). It came with "Lessons in Electronic Music" (a 155 page textbook), "Instant Axxe" sheets that you could lay over the front panel that showed you patches, "Axxe blanks" (blank patch diagrams), an interface diagram (to hook it up with other synths), and a book of 50 patches.

The ARP Axxe (like the Odyssey) is also equipped with "Proportional Pitch Control (PPC), ARP's latest contribution to more expressive synthesizer performance. The triple-pad, pressure-sensitive controller lets you bend notes sharp and flat, and add vibrato, all without moving a single slider or switch."

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