[LAD] Synth/Sampler why the distinction?

James Morris jwm.art.net at gmail.com
Thu Jun 9 22:37:15 UTC 2011

On 9 June 2011 23:30, Folderol <folderol at ukfsn.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 9 Jun 2011 23:22:58 +0100
> James Morris <jwm.art.net at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Since working on Petri-Foo I keep returning to the idea that perhaps
>> it would be better to add a sampler-waveform to Yoshimi or another
>> soft-synth. Too bad I'm not that great a coder.
>> Anyway, the idea seems so obvious now. Are there any good reasons for why not?
>> Just an idea I wanted to put out.
>> James.
> Personally, I'd hate that. I'm very firmly in the school of 'Do just one thing,
> but do it well.'

But are the two really so different? They both do exactly the same
thing except one does it with synthesised waveforms and the other does
it with sampled waveforms. From thinking about the fact that most soft
synths use wave-tables, it can't be that difficult to put a sample in
there? Aside from synthesised waveform and sampled waveform, I think
(but don't quote me on this :-) that it is perhaps only certain
conventions which distinguish the two.


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