Development of synthesizer

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/01/23 [13:30]

Development of synthesizer

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/01/23 [13:30]

▲ OP-1 portable synthesizer workstation

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Development of synthesizers

 

 

 

The development of synthesizers goes through the following path:

 

 

1. Modular Synthesizer with mono-poly (ex. Buchla 100 series)

 

▲ Buchla 100 series synthesizer

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2. Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer (ex. Moog one)

 

▲ Moog One Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

© Moog Music




 

3. Synthesizer with memory and various function (e.g. Arpeggio, chorus, …)

(ex. Roland Juno-6)

 

▲ Roland Juno-6 analog synthesizer

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4. The advent of FM digital synthesizer (ex. YAMAHA DX7)

▲ Yamaha DX7 FM Synthesizer




 

5. The Combination of Wavetable and Analog Synthesis (ex. Roland D-50)

 

▲ Roland D-50 Linear synthesizer

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6. PCM Synthesizer (ex. Korg M1) 

▲ Korg M1 Music Workstation

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7. The advent of sampler (ex. AKAI S3000)

 

▲ Akai S3000XL sampler




 

8. VAST Technology for Modifying PCM (ex. Kurzweil K2000)

▲ Kurzweil K2000 VAST (Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology) Synthesizer

© Vintage Synth Explorer



 

 

The basic function of synthesizers is to synthesize sounds. In analog synthesizers, oscillator, which is the core of synthesizers, is the key function, and in digital synthesizers, sound source ICs that control the use of waves are the most important. The development of the synthesizer can be summarized as follows:

 

1. Improvement of the Method of Synthesizing Sounds (Improvement of Synthesis)

 

2. Increased simultaneous polyphony (which doubles the synthesizer’s ability as a musical instrument)

 

3. Expansion of Multi-timbral (the ability to produce multiple tones at the same time)

 

 

 

 

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