[LAD] Monophonic synths (was: Plugin 1/oct frequency controls)

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Thu Aug 23 19:33:19 UTC 2012

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 01:07:31PM -0400, David Robillard wrote:

> Since a monophonic synth is so severely limiting anyway, I make no claim
> about being a faithful emulation of wires and capacitors and such.  If
> analog was sufficient, I wouldn't be spending such a ridiculous amount
> of time writing software :)

Clearly we have different backgrounds. Straying from the technical
into the artistic domain is a good way to end this thread, so...

All the synth music I really love happens to be made using monophonic
instruments. Things like Zawinul's solo 52 seconds into 'A remark you
made' <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWvSr2g4U34>.

Once synths became polyphonic they mostly turned from a instrument
in its own right into something just used to imitate other instruments.

I'm working on a SW modular synth that at least in its first version
will be strictly monophonic, precisely to emphasize it's meant to be
an instrument on it own, and not a cheap replacement for anything else.



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