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What is analog?

Before starting to look at the creative aspects of analog sound synthesis, it’s a huge help to develop a basic understanding of the principles of physics governing the whole subject of sound – perhaps because of all the methods of electronic sound creation, analog synthesis is probably the closest to those basic scientific principles. If that means a few hours thinking about what sound really is, how it can most easily be created electronically and how it is interpreted by the human ear, then that time will be more than paid back through a deeper, more intuitive approach to the handling of analog synthesizers, modules and effects. So let’s briefly take a look at some very basic physics before starting to look at analog instruments ...

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