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Sound Synthesis and Sampling, 2nd Edition by Martin Russ

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3  Hybrid synthesis

Hybrid synthesis is the name usually associated with methods of synthesis which are not completely analogue or digital. These borderline methods were most important during the changeover from analogue to digital sound generation in the early 1980s, but the underlying techniques have also become part of the all-digital synthesis methods. With the continuing increase of interest in ‘analogue’ synthesis that began in the 1990s, it is intriguing to note that very few of the instruments which are now being designed are truly analogue; in many ways they are actually either hybrids or are completely digital!

Synthesis methods which combine more than one techniques or methods of synthesis to produce a composite sound are described ...

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