February 11, 2013

Patch Program Data

I've always thought it was so strange and amazing that you're able to record digital data onto a normal cassette tape. I never do, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to.


  1. The very first analog synth I ever bought was broken and I had to take it into a music store to get it repaired. When I went to pick it up, the guy told me that he just had to reload the patch data. It boggled my mind, since I figured these were supposed to be analog synths. Actually it still boggles my mind to this day.

  2. Stop being so boggled you two.

    Magnetic Tape - A bit like the hard disk in most computers except long and floppy instead of round and hard. Heaps of computers used to run on tape. The audio compact cassette ones tend to store a modulated signal like a good old-fashioned audio-frequency dial-up modem makes sounds like.

    Analogue/digital - HEAPS of analogue synths have digital stuff in them. The signal path is analogue but it can still be manipulated by a digital system. Digital technology has always been the only practical way to store patches in a synth.

  3. Very true. I mostly just meant I was boggled by the idea that an analog synth could be completely debilitated by losing its patch memory. Don't get me wrong: being able to save patches is very nice, but not when that feature can somehow take down the entire rest of the synth.