[sdiy] Digital is more analog than analog... and it has 319 dB headroom...

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Sun Mar 3 00:41:01 CET 2024


By now I'm sure we've all heard of it, but still one of my favourite 
comp.risks examples ever on why not to write shitty code.

http://www.cse.msu.edu/~cse470/Public/Handouts/Therac/Therac_1.html

GB

------ Original Message ------
>From "Gordonjcp" <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>
To "synth-diy at synth-diy.org" <synth-diy at synth-diy.org>
Date 3/2/2024 11:48:37 AM
Subject Re: [sdiy] Digital is more analog than analog... and it has 319 
dB headroom...

>On Sat, Mar 02, 2024 at 07:44:12PM +0000, rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk wrote:
>>  If you start from a 1 microvolt noise floor you end up around 1 gigavolt at 0dBFS, which is enough that you can accelerate the electrons directly into your brain tissue, Therac-25 style.
>
>Given that kind of output level it's no wonder that my resolutely digital Novation Xiosynth (which I'm sure must have pretty much all of 300dB of dynamic range) has such horrible battery life.
>
>--
>Gordonjcp
>
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