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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 11:01 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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Polymoog
Highly popular when it came out, the Polymoog is a preset, polyphonic synthesizer with a 71-note (E-D), touch-sensitive keyboard that is splittable three ways. It features divide-down oscillator circuitry and, therefore, didn't sound as rich as most people wanted a polyphonic analog synthesizer (especially a Moog) to sound. The presets are strings, piano, organ, harpsichord, funk, clav, vibes, and brass. The optional (and expensive) Polypedal board allows you to switch between single and multiple triggering, as well as control the pitch, filter, sustain, and external sync. In addition to a main volume slider, the Polymoog has volume sliders for each of the 3 keyboard sections. It also features a 3-band graphic EQ section, and an extensive filter modulation section, allowing it to be modulated by its own LFO, sample-and-hold, and envelope sliders, with variable keyboard tracking.

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