SynthesizerPlug and Play
Analog oscillators and filters actually produce sounds or show behavior, while digital sounds are always reproductions of sounds or behavior. Some stage-synth classics still hold a strong fascination on me, but today I rather focus on modular systems.
They provide a universal and open approach. They always deepen and concretize the awareness of tonal processes. A modular system offers all possibilities for the interpretation of existing electronic works. Circuits can be implemented and can meanwhile be interwoven with digital processes at any point.
With Modular Synthesizers, a distinction is made between Operating and Control Voltage. While the operating voltage varies with different formats - usually between 12, 15 and 18 V, the control voltage (CV) is 10V pp (pp=peak to peak) and volt/octave (i.e. 10 octaves) in most systems. This way, different formats can be "patched" together to form one instrument - they just need different power supplies.
Nevertheless, there is still a (digital) 12 bit FM synthesizer included in my setup: a Yamaha TX81Z. These devices from the 80's have, for technical reasons, a very unique sound. More about it below.