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

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Chapter 8. FX Units

There are many aspects to consider when looking at FX in the context of sound design. There are several good reasons for using FX that come with a synthesizer, and there are equally some good reasons not to use these units.

The FX units in most synthesizers are not of the same quality as commercially available plug-ins (although the quality is improving, and there are some great units in the featured synthesizers). By comparison, the FX units that come with synthesizers are usually designed for a specific purpose and therefore don’t have unnecessary features, so they have a modest CPU consump-tion. However—depending on the effect you are after—if you want CPU efficiency, it may be preferable to have a number of synthesizers ...

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