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Old 03 December 2013, 17:26   #49
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Originally Posted by Loedown View Post
With no on board sound generation hardware it can be nothing but sample based, the only difference being that you need to program the sound as a series of numbers versus using an ADC to do exactly the same thing.
There's plenty of sound generation hardware. DACs, PWM volume control, mixing voices together to form a stereo pair, pitch control registers, FM and AM modulation options -- this is all part of the sound generation hardware.

The only thing not in hardware is the waveform itself -- and that's a good thing!

A sample is a measurement of a signal. If the waveform comes from measuring a signal and storing samples into a memory then that's sample-based synthesis. If that waveform is derived analytically, then it isn't a sample. It's another form of synthesis -- wavetable synthesis.
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