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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 11:20 pm

Synth Glossary

Aftertouch:
A means of generating a control signal based on how much pressure is applied to the keys of a MIDI keyboard. Most instruments that support this do not have independent pressure sensing for all keys, but rather detect the overall pressure by means of a sensing strip running beneath the keys. Aftertouch may be used to control such functions as vibrato depth, filter brightness, loudness and so on....

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EML Synkey (advertisement)
A computer card-reader allows the musician to automatically position over twenty sound-producing controls to create and recreate a voicing of the instrument. With the card reader off, the instrument can be manually adjusted like a conventional synthesizer. Another exclusive feature of the SynKey is a top-octave divider which creates the sound effect of thirteen oscillators. The divider produces the basic root pitch plus the next twelve higher semitones of that pitch in precisely spaced intervals. The musician merely pushes the appropriate buttons to select the root pitch and any or all of the semitones desired. The SynKey's 44-note keyboard also incorporates a second touch feature. This lets the musician apply selective filter sweeps, vibrato or third-of an-octave bend to individual notes simply by pressing harder on a key. Normal pressure produces the note without modification.

Two models will be offered: the programmable model, and a standard model without programming. The programmable SynKey will retail for $1995.00.

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