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Sunday, January 21st, 2018 12:23 am

Synth Glossary

Control input:
An input into part of the synthesizer that allows that bit to be modulated by another part of the synth. For example there is a control input in the amplifier which controls the level of amplification. If a very slow sine wave (an LFO) is patched into this input then the sound will slowly get louder and quieter. If an LFO was patched into the control input of the oscillator instead, then the sound would go higher and lower in pitch....


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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