RE: A closer look at modeling hype...

From mikekent
Sent Tue, Sep 10th 1996, 22:18

>First, in regards to the Drumstation, I think that a lot of people are
>reading more into the box than is actually there.  From what I can tell,
>Novation never states that they are doing _physical_ modeling.  And, if you
>delve into the actual operations of the box, it starts to smell a little
>fishy...

"Modelling" of analog synthesis, "Virtual Analog" and other words can be
meaningless. For example, playing back a sample of a CEM sawtooth may be
considered modelling of a CEM sawtooth by some people. Someone else may
call this virtual analog. Some one else may call it sample playback.

"Virtual" may end up being the most overused term. What does Virtual mean?
Any digital simulation of any environment might be called virtual reality.
Can't any digital process be called virtual? So isn't a sample playback
synth with a sample of a Minimoog a "Virtual Analog"? There may be good
virtual analogs and bad virtual analogs, depending on the quality of the
sample, control over the sample, complexity of envelope generators, pitch
control, filter quality, and other parameters.

There will be more "Modelling", "Virtual", and other simulations and
sythesis methods. The name on the product's technology won't necessarily
tell you how good it is, how musically expressive it is, or how good it
sounds.

I wrote more details about this just a few weeks ago:
  Re: Wassup with new analog machines?
  Date: 9/13/96

Personally, I don't care if it's analog, digital, sample playback, virtual,
modelled, additive, subtractive, etc. I just want synthesizers that (to me)
meet a musical desire/need, that sound good, are musically expressive, and
that have a good interface to their functions. Then I hope that I find them
within my budget.

Regards,
Mike.

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