DIY Digital synthesis, anyone?

Steffan Davies pinetop at
Thu Oct 31 14:13:45 CET 1996

Ray Peck wrote:
> Steffan Davies writes:
> >Has anyone on this list attempted a digital synth of their own
> >contruction? I'd like to, since it makes the electronic work finite (I
> >envisage running the software portion on a fast 486 PC under DOS or
> >Linux) while the complexity of the synth is in software. The actual
> >sound generation would be by an external A/D convertor, attached to one
> >of the IO ports (would a parallel port be fast enough?)
> Check SynthBuilder from CCRMA (Stanford).  It uses one or more Moto
> DSP boards in a PC to do the processing, and kewl, NeXTstep graphical
> software to glue together the DSP functions.  You can apparelty
> emulate any analogue synth (of course without all those wonderful
> non-linearities and noise).
> See also the very expensive Kyma box (basically the same thing, but
> $4k instead of $500, and you can't get the sources).
> I'm definitely thinking of getting into SynthBuilder.

Really, these are rather ahead of what I want to do. I'm really
just looking for something to convert a stream of digital data,
provided by software I'm going to write, to sounds.


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