Re: [AH] ComDyna Re: [AH] analog computers?

From Cynthia Webster
Sent Thu, Nov 6th 2003, 22:31

on 11/6/03 7:51 AM, royce at wrote:

> Thanks Cynthia,
> You are on my wavelength!  That was the site somebody
> had pointed me to once.  Interesting stuff.  I was
> talking to a friend at Lucent, whose knowledge of
> electronics is far beyond mine (he does biotech
> research (trying to develop a cheap way to diagnose
> malaria and dengue fever using nanotechnology) on the
> one hand at Berkely and on the other hand works on
> phased array radar for Lucent/Pentagon on the other
> hand). . . 

Now if only he could build a phased array Filter!  LOL!

> anyway I emailed my friend the link to the
> computer (search on Ebay/ completed auctions/ analog
> computer/ AMF educational computer) and he though it
> was not worth the effort, but I don't know.

I kind of agree with his assessment...
That a traditional Anaglog Computer such as the Comdyna
would be great for the Synthesist who already has
~everything~ .

I think Charlie is right in recommending dedicated
synth modules for your purpose.

(then again, if you should find a Comdyna on eBay for
a great price, them by all means get it!
There could be one single thing it does, and
that no other unit can do?

If nothing else, have fun exploring it for a while,
and you could certainly resell it to other curious souls!)


 I few
> logic modules in doepfer format would set me back 200$
> which is alot for me to spend.  he pointed out that
> analog computers are bad at delay, memory, sampling.
> That got me to thinking, wouldn't it be nice to have a
> delay for cv processing that was kind of like analog
> delay, with some attenuation of high frequencies,
> decay of signal quality, etc.  Isn't that what strings
> do when you slap them?  I would think that filter eg's
> would benefit from sometimes having some
> reverberabation or delay parameters.  I don't know how
> to implement this even in Reaktor, much less a real
> analog modular.
> Royce
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