Category: Instruments

ROMpler

In essence, ROMplers are ROM-based sample players. The term ROMpler is often used to refer to software sample players that involve a fixed group of waveforms. The term ROMpler comes from a slang term that is given to sound modules that feature stock presets that are based on samples stored in ROM. The term ROMpler…
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Software Synthesizers – Soft Synths

A software synthesizer, commonly known as soft synth, is a speaker computer program or plugin that produces digital audio. Over the years, there have been many advances in terms of processing speed, which are allowing soft synths to achieve the same tasks with a simpler hardware. Soft synths are more affordable, more portable, and easier…
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Sampler (musical instrument)

A sampler is a digital or electronic musical instrument that resembles a synthesizer. The main difference between a sampler and a synth is that the sampler can produce new sounds with sound recordings of real or artificial instrument sounds, instead of with voltage-controlled oscillators. These sound recordings are also known as samples. Digital sampling has…
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Step Sequencer

Originally, a step sequencer was a hardware module that produced a limited number of control signals in a stable and pulsed sequence that was continuous while active. The output of the signal was usually sent to an oscillator or an audio filter. When the step sequencer was active and the musician played a continuous note,…
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Woodwind Instruments

Woodwind instruments are instruments that are made of metal, wood, plastic, ocarinas, or a combination of materials. The most popular woodwind instruments are clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, English horn, E-flat, bass, bassoon, contrabassoon, and bagpipe. These kinds of instruments have been around for a long time. The first versions of these instruments were found…
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Brass Instruments

Brass instruments, also known as labrosones, produce sounds by sympathetic vibration of air in a tubular resonator that is in sympathy with the vibration of the player’s lips. Brass instruments are lip-vibrated instruments as well as aerophones since the musician must blow air into the instrument. There are a variety of elements that must be…
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String Instruments

String instruments produce sounds when their string vibrate. String instruments exist in all music cultures. Bowed string instruments are an essential part of every symphony orchestra. Sound instruments are used worldwide, not only as solo instruments but in chamber music as well. Perhaps guitars are the most popular string instruments around the music culture. String…
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Percussion Instruments

A percussion instrument is an instrument that produces sounds by striking, hitting, scraping or shaking. Every orchestra has a percussion section, which includes instruments such as snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangles and tambourines, and might also have other non-percussion instruments. All percussion instruments are capable of keeping a certain rhythm, make peculiar sounds and…
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Keyboard Instruments

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument that is played with a keyboard. The most popular keyboard instruments are pianos, organs and electronic keyboards, such as synthesizers and digital pianos. Keyboard instruments also include celestas and carillons. The term keyboard is often used to describe keyboard-style synthesizers and the keyboard itself can be used to…
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