[sdiy] Polyphonic voice allocation algorithm

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Tue Jun 24 10:34:10 CEST 2014

I have worked with polyphonic assigner in Oberheim 4-voice and must say 
it is very nice. A whole bunch of logic ICs in multi-tier PCBs. A bit of 
pain to service though...

Anyway, what I liked the most, was the ability to switch between all 
imaginable assign modes: cyclic, mono, unison, steal-voice, reassign and 
so on. And I think the key to success is to give the player the choice, 
as different patches/sounds may be beter articulated using different 
assign modes.

BTW, I used "reassign" mode in my 8-voice polysynth back in 
1990-something. It used nothing else but plain CMOS logic, and was not 
so complex at all as it may seem at first sight.


W dniu 2014-06-24 04:07, Michael E Caloroso pisze:
> US Patent 3,986,423 is the patent for the Oberheim FVS/EVS SEM
> polyphonic keyboard scanner - without a cpu.  Dave Rossum is the
> inventor while Oberheim Electronics is the assignee.
> Had to study it for a FVS I have in for repair.  Crazy system, took me
> multiple reading sessions to as my brain got full every few pages.
> MC
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