5 The structure of common music technology systems



This chapter takes a look at what goes on inside the type of electronic music devices found in a typical high-street music shop — samplers, synthesisers, sequencers and effects units. The complex functionality of these devices is broken down into a set of more easily understood functional components.

The sound generation techniques used in these devices are described and the reader is directed to other parts of the book as appropriate. An introduction to effects units is given, and their internal signal processing techniques are described. Where necessary we explain the mathematical methods that are required to produce these audio processing operations.

The chapter is divided into ...

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