Can you feed audio through a synth?

Theo t.hogers at
Fri Mar 31 11:47:58 CEST 2000

To be short: Yes.
As long it's a analog synth you can feed audio through it.
Normally the VCO's are the audio source,
however there is nothing against using another signal instead.
There is a small problem when you do this with a polyphonic synth,
since you don't know which voice will "speak" when you press a key.

Basically stuf like the Waldorf 4pole, Sherman-filterbank and the
Tidal Q-o-matic (in the proto stage at the moment) are more or less
synth's with a audio input instead of vco's.

Most modern digital synths have a audio input, if you decide to buy
a complete system after all, take a look at the Clavia Micro modular or
the Novation Nova.
Both are a far better deal (sound and price) thah the Rolands.

Hope this helps.
Cheers Theo

Tidal music electronics: (opens monday)
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----- Original Message -----
From: <DrumBoy5 at>
To: <synth-diy at>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 4:52 PM
Subject: Can you feed audio through a synth?

> Hello
> I've been kind of a sleeper on the list, but I've been meaning to ask this
> for awhile.  I've seen products on the market (especially the Roland DJ
> but also the Roland JP-8080) that seem to allow you to imput audio and run
> through LFO, Modualtors, etc.  Instead of paying $800 for a Roland DJ 1000
> mixer/small synth, is it possible to design my own audio synth?  Also,
> anyone have plans for an auto BPM counter with a numerical readout (also
> the Roland DJ 1000)
> Info+specs on roland products can be found here:
> <A HREF=""></A>
> Thanks
> Morgan

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