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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Polyphonic sampling Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi,

The Synclavier has something called "Polyphonic sampling". What is that and does other samplers have that too?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Polyphonic sampling meant having multiple sample playback voices. The Synclavier was arguably the first to do this well. Others were doing it too at the time (Ensoniq was doing it, but with far less audio fidelity). Modern day hardware samplers do this as a matter of course. My (10 year old design) Akai S-6000 has 64 voices.

All polyphony means is "many voices". In physical terms there is more than one (usually 4-64, some now have 128) unique voice channels. Many achieve this "uniqueness" with multiplexing and very fast digital sound processing chips.

The Synclavier did it with discrete voices. Very nice instruments.

Polyphonic sampling's complement is the multisample. Having samples zoned to ranges, corresponding to voice groups, gives more realism to the playback. Less chipmunking or other out of audio range artifacts.

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