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Friday, September 20th, 2019 01:01 am

Synth Glossary

Analog Synthesis:
This term is normally used to refer to the tradional synthesis model used by analog synthesizers in the 1970s. It is also known as subtractive synthesis. It involves oscillators, the outputs of which are mixed together and fed into a filter (where certain frequencies are subtracted) after which they are fed through an amplifier. The amplifier and filter are normally also driven by envelope generators....

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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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