corrected ambiguity between softsynths, analogue synths, and dedicated digital synths. More clarification may be needed with software synths (perhaps another page?), and their DSP-driven counterparts... -- ND
The DX7 was NOT the first digital synth.
The first digital synth I can find a reference to is the Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer. That was a single machine only, but Crumar released it commercially in 1980 as the DGS, and then in 1981 as the Synergy. The Synclavier was released 77/78 and even offered FM synthesis. All of these pre-date the DX7, which was released in 1983. Maury Markowitz (talk) 22:26, 27 March 2010 (UTC)
- Possibly you can find one of world 1st digital software synthesizer around MUSIC-N (ca.1957). On this system, also FM synthesis algorithm was discovered (ca.1967). --220.127.116.11 (talk) 01:46, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
- Allen Organ Company claims to have produced the first consumer-product digital — oh wait, organ, back in 1971. --Jerome Potts (talk) 13:19, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Early digital synth models
That section is poor. It claims Korg produced one of the first digital synths, and fails to mention a name. It then makes a claim that sounds rather like advertising.
Very poorly written and non technical
This has clearly been written by authors who are not of a technical background. What is missing is the clear distinction between Digital and Analogue sysnthesizers, namely that analogue synthesizers use analogue circuitry such as Voltage Controlled Oscillators to generate simple waveforms such as square waves and sawtooth waves and Voltage Controlled Filters to process the waveforms. Digital synthesizers operate entirely in the digital domain with the waveforms and aparent processing of them (such as FM) being derived mathematicaly from data. The data stream is converted to an analogue waveform by the use of DACs (Digital to Analogue Converters). Both digital and analogue synthesizers produce an analogue waveform (as a variable voltage electrical signal) at the outputs (i.e. the jack sockets). It is NOT done at the speakers as is stated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:40, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
I changed "sound waves" in the second sentence to "analog circuitry". Apart from being ridiculously unspecific, it was also inaccurate. There are no sound waves until the signal reaches a loudspeaker or headphones, at which point the sentence could apply just as much to a digital synth. I believe my edit is at least slightly more helpful but I'd love someone to improve upon it. eyeball226 (talk) 01:15, 1 November 2014 (UTC)