Re: Using Physical Modeling synthesis to emulate VCO's...

From reliv
Sent Mon, Mar 6th 1995, 15:32

>Not at all.  That is, you're not imagining things.  I think it's pretty clear
>that Mr. Greedhead's intent was to plant the thought in analogue owners' minds
>that in 12 to 18 months, their gear may not be worth much, and also to imply
>that they should sell their gear now, rather than later.

Ha!  No offense, but your conspiracy theory has made my morning _very_
entertaining...

I am not attempting to paint a dismal future of analogue synth gear,
especially for the purpose of buying stuff from those who would be
compelled to "dump their gear".

Many asked what I meant by "VCO sound".  I simply meant being able to
emulate the sounds of various vintage VCO's, mainly the Moog, ARP, Roland
System 100M and 700, Emu, Polyfusion, etc...   I didn't mean that there was
one particular "VCO sound" that all modular gear had.  Obviously there is
not.  Perhaps my wording was very poor.  I apologize.

>The fact that he makes
>an assertion and then says that he's not allowed to cite a verifiable source
>for
>that information, along with a moment's consideration of his trading history,
>make it clear that he's just trying to scare up some business.

I'll tell you what---I'll attempt to get permission to repost the exact
e-mail I received on the future Roland products and their being able to
emulate modular analogue synthesizers.

You know, some are complaining about the validity of this thread relative
to the intended purpose of AH.  Personally, I see it as pertinent.  The
purpose of my message was to comb the opinions of those here on the subject
of using physical modeling to recreate modular ANALOGUE synth equipment.  I
see that as pertinent indeed.

The whole idea of "virtual synthesizers" by using very sophisticated
hardware and software interfacing ( perhaps even PCI local-bus for the
synthesizer card ) really excites me...

I always wanted to own that PPG Realizer, you know...

Many brag about how great the vintage modular stuff is ( the ARP 2500, Moog
55, etc... ).  Think about it : should physical modeling come to age in
terms of emulating vintage modular gear, we might think of those original
old systems as very arcane.  The virtual, physical modeling versions could
( theoretically ) have MUCH more modulation facility, with many more types
of VCO's, VCF's, etc. than _ANY_ of the older things...

Imagine just "drawing" on your computer screen the modulation routings,
etc... from a GRAPHICAL schematic list of "parts" ( such as Moog 901, 904,
etc.. modules ].  All one would do is use their mouse to click and draw a
path from something such as the VCO output of a Moog modular VCO to an
input on a Polyfusion VCF, etc...

Now that indeed _would_ ( in my opinion ) be very very very cool...

And if the software ( as stated earlier ) does indeed have interface
templates whose layout are the EXACT ones found in the owner's manual for
modular gear panels, then those who complain of interface would simply be
those who are impossible to please.

Food for thought.

---Michael Fischer
fischer1@student.msu.edu