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09 DIGITAL VS. ANALOG SYNTHS
DEADMAU5 TEACHES ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

ln analog, there’s no amount of steps. It’s infinite.
— deadmau5

CHAPTER RECAP
The digital vs. analog debate can sometimes sound more
like hot air than substance, but by running a scientific A-to-B
comparison of what the two sound like, you can hear some
basic differences. Analog filters tend to be warmer than their
digital counterparts in subtle but noticeable ways. More
markedly, analog filters have an infinite range of steps between
their upper and lower limits, while even the best digital filters,
which make use of oversampling and floating point integers,
will always sound “steppy” as they make minute adjustments.

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SUBCHAPTERS
▶▶ Hearing the Digital

Analog Difference
▶▶ Digital vs. Analog
Cross Modulation
▶▶ Synths in Snowcone

NOTES

TAKE IT FURTHER
▶▶ You can find YouTube demos of lots of analog synths,
including:
▼▼ the Prophet 10
▼▼ the OSCar
▶▶ You can also find YouTube demos on some other famous

keyboards like:
▼▼ the MOOG Voyager
▼▼ the Yamaha CS-80
▶▶ Listen to the wide range of sonic possibilities. Getting to know

the characteristics of some of the world’s greatest synths will
help prepare your ears to get better sounds out of whatever
gear you’re using–digital and analog alike.

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09 DIGITAL VS. ANALOG SYNTHS
DEADMAU5 TEACHES ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

ASSIGNMENT

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NOTES

▶▶ Run your own Digital vs. Analog test. If you’ve got access to

both kind of synthesizers, set up a simple A/B comparison like
Joel did and try to hear the difference for yourself. Play a simple
square wave at a given pitch, then run it through a low pass filter.
Can you hear any differences in the oscillators on their own? Do
you hear the steps in the digital filter? If you can’t get your hands
on the synths you need, find a music store near you and mess
around with their equipment.

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