Sampling and Sample-Based Synthesis 2

Synthesizers changed music forever, and even though they are capable of a wide variety of sounds, designers have continuously sought to emulate acoustic instruments. Yamaha’s DX-7 was one of the first synths that came close, and it did what no other instrument had done before; offer an affordable instrument that realistically mimicked other instruments. Once that door was slammed open, developers sought to do a better job of emulating traditional instruments with improving technology, and sample-based instruments started to take over.

Another draw to sampling is live performance where the efficiency of resources and access to a variety of instruments is paramount. Instead of bringing every single individual ...

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