Originally Posted by daxb
I guess the main fact is that sounds (pre-)calculated by cpu or sampled from other source is more or less the same. Both is data somewhere in memory. In opposite of analog synthesizer. How much different a digital synthesizer is I don`t know.
Digital synths aren't really different in their basic operation, usually just more bits and better DAC with filtering and effects either added prior to the DAC or after them depending. You also have analog modellers which compute the waveform using complex mathematics and heavy processors / DSP.