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Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User by Simon Cann

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Chapter 5. Filters

At its most basic, you can think of the filter as being a tone control. A low-pass filter is like the treble control—turn it down, and the sound gets “duller.” However, a filter can do much more for you.

You will find that all of the featured synthesizers offer many filters or filter options that appear to be similar. Although they may be similar in terms of features, they are significantly different in terms of sounds, and one 24-dB low-pass filter will not sound the same as another 24-dB low-pass filter, even within the same synthesizer. This can cause confusion, but it will also give you a much broader tonal palette.

Filter Types

Let’s have a look at the main types of filters that are on offer from our featured synthesizers. ...

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