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Thursday, December 13th, 2018 09:59 pm

Synth Glossary

Envelope:
An envelope generator generates a signal that changes through the length of a sound, normally to control the loudness of that sound. An example of its use is to control the volume of a piano sound. It creates a signal that goes from low to high very quickly (the loud bit when the key is pressed), then goes down slowly as the sounds gets quieter. They are also used to drive other parts of the synthesizer, for example the filter....

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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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