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Old 05 December 2013, 14:29   #83
Mrs Beanbag
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Well exactly. Paula can be controlled by the Copper anyway so in principle a copperlist could play a tracker mod. But this isn't very profound. To say that SID is not a synth because it needs something external to tell it to play a note, is like saying my music keyboard downstairs is not a synth because it doesn't play any sound unless I press a key.

The point is, SID can produce sound on its own without any further input. You could rig up a simple manual control system to it, with a few switches and dials and some basic logic. It has its own internal ability to generate waveforms.

Paula needs to get its waveform data from memory via DMA, in the form of samples, either recorded or synthesised by an external CPU.
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