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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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The case of John Chowning and the FM synthesis
patent is another story of spatial knowledge transfer that links a key patent authored by a Californian inventor with the Japanese firm Yamaha (Johnstone 1994, 1999).
"Typically, the sound generated by computers is FM synthesis
, which is recognisably digital and tinny in tone.
A high-fidelity, wavetable (better than FM synthesis
) sound card offers excellent audio and features a very high signal-to-noise ratio.