The science of signal sampling

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The Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem Audio sampling is rooted in digital-audio technology, the underlying principles of which were established as long ago as 1928 by electronics engineer Harry Nyquist and perfected in the late 1940s by mathematician, engineer and cryptographer Claude Shannon. The ideas these men established are now known as the Nyquist-Shannon Sampling Theorem, which […]

Tracing the origins of hardware ROMplers

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In our previous article, we examined the history of sample-based synthesis, starting in 1979 with the astronomically expensive Fairlight. In this article, we delve into the history of another technology that brought together sampling and synthesis. Something else Musicians and producers loved the accurate emulations that sample technology allowed. Being able to capture completely original […]

The history of sample-based synthesis

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Over the last couple of months, we’ve discussed various forms of sound synthesis, principally subtractive and FM. The aspect that characterises all of the methods we’ve discussed is that they combine simple waveforms in different ways in order to create more complex waveforms, often with the aim of being able to create convincing emulations of […]

6 easy ways to make music anywhere

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We love a gadget here at MusicTech: something to take you away from your DAW, but still make some noise with; something you can express all those ideas with while on the bus, train or tube; something you can transport around in the comfort and safety of your own pocket, which allows you to program […]

18 tips we learned at Beatcamp for a successful music collaboration

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During our time at Real World Studios for the Beatcamp collaborative weekend recently, we examined the art of successful collaboration first-hand. Here are several tips to guide you through the often daunting prospect of music production with other people… Working with new people Jump in and don’t be scared Because many producers and songwriters work […]

9 essential FM synthesis tips to know

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Great for some things, not for others Take the time to play with the presets on your FM synth(s), paying attention to what it does well and what it doesn’t. Electric pianos, electric organs, hard basses and bells are where FM’s excels, but it’s not so good at warm, evolving pads, filter swoops and the […]