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FM synthesisA technique for generating the sounds of musical instruments for MIDI playback. Used in cellphones for ringtones and low-end sound cards, FM synthesis does not create sound as faithfully as wavetable synthesis, which uses actual samples of the instruments. See MIDI and wavetable synthesis.
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This can be accomplished by using an FM synthesis
chip, as on the original cards, or by emulation.