Optical Compressor

Opto-Compressor 101   An optical compressor, often called opto-compressor, is a dynamic range attenuator. In the first place, a light source in a photosensitive cell controls the gain reduction in a optical compressor. In the core of the mentioned compressor...
How to Make Eerie FM Sounds

How to Make Eerie FM Sounds

Frequency Modulation Synthesis is known for its metallic and clangorous character. It is easy to create these earth-shattering textures, but difficult to predict and tame them (See Blog: FM Synthesis). Tastefully adding inharmonic sidebands is a difficult task that...

Phase Distortion Synthesis

What is PD synthesis?   Phase distortion synthesis (also known as PD) is a form of synthesis originally developed by Casio company. They presented it for the first time in their CZ series of synthesizers. In the 1980`s Casio`s engineer Mark Fukuda invented this...

Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesis

What is Linear Arithmetic Synthesis?   L.A. synthesis is a form of audio synthesis born in the late 1980`s. To be precise the first synthesizer that offered this new and unique form of synthesis was Roland`s D-50. The theory behind it rests upon the idea that the...