From Guy D2
Sent Fri, Jul 25th 2008, 22:26
Thanks for the info, Matthew. I wasn't hoping for hybrid/digital audio sources like VCO's though. I' m aware of those, but they carry little interest with me since those are typical for defining "the analog sound". Not so with sub-audio sources, I believe. The 200e comes closest to what I had in mind, but is - as these things usually go - somewhat out of my and possibly a few more synthesist's reach. -gd2 On 25 Jul 2008, at 22:05, Matthew Davidson wrote: > > On Jul 25, 2008, at 3:46 PM, Guy D2 wrote: > >> Is there a particular reason why the current crop of modulars is >> not using digitally generated CV's for control modules like LFO's, >> EG's, S/H's and similar ? > > There are plenty of hybrid designs if you look around. > > The Doepfer MCV24 has software ADSRs and LFOs that can be output as CV > > The Buchla 200e is an extreme hybrid approach, freely converting > analog to digital and back again. The elements exposed to the user > is primarily analog (patch cords and such). > > mfb has some designs like the osc-01 that are digital inside, but > use analog CV interfacing > > The Blacet/Wiard Miniwave is mostly digital inside, with analog CV > interfacing > > Plan B is producing some hybrid modules. > > The AS RS370 polyphonic osc is mainly digital, but with CV interfacing > > > Simple circuits like LFOs and S&H's are possibly easier/still cost > effective to remain analog as a primary module. I haven't fallen in > love with a digital envelope, ever, personally. This is something > that is just more effective as analog for short transients. > > But, I do see hybrid designs as a solid future direction for > modulars. I wouldn't mind seeing a digital module for generic slow > control voltages, like LFOs and S&H CVs, etc.. You might be able to > pack eight outputs of programmable voltage thingies in a cost- > effective unit. It might also be easier to create an complex > arbitrary break point function in the digital domain.