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An '''electronic musical instrument''' is any musical instrument that produces or modifies sounds by means of [[electronics]]. Instruments such as the electric guitar that generate sound by acoustic or mechanical means but that amplify the sound electrically or electronically are also considered electronic instruments.<ref>[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/183802/electronic-instrument electronic instrument] in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, 2012, by Carlton Gamer, [[Bob Moog|Robert A. Moog]]</ref>
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[[File:Erica's Breadboard Theremin.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A Theremin on a prototyping block from [http://www.flickr.com/photos/60827818@N07/6788198232 HeatSync Labs]]]An '''electronic musical instrument''' is any musical instrument that produces or modifies sounds by means of [[electronics]]. Instruments such as the electric guitar that generate sound by acoustic or mechanical means but that amplify the sound electrically or electronically are also considered electronic instruments.<ref>[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/183802/electronic-instrument electronic instrument] in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, 2012, by Carlton Gamer, [[Bob Moog|Robert A. Moog]]</ref>
  
 
The broad familiy of musical instruments can be classified using many systems, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornbostel%E2%80%93Sachs Hornbastel-Sachs].  Within this system, most electronic instruments, such as [[theremin]]s, organs, [[keyboard synthesizer]]s, and [[drum machine]]s could be considered Electrophones, specifically, of type "53. Radioelectric instruments: instruments in which sound is produced by electrical means"
 
The broad familiy of musical instruments can be classified using many systems, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornbostel%E2%80%93Sachs Hornbastel-Sachs].  Within this system, most electronic instruments, such as [[theremin]]s, organs, [[keyboard synthesizer]]s, and [[drum machine]]s could be considered Electrophones, specifically, of type "53. Radioelectric instruments: instruments in which sound is produced by electrical means"

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A Theremin on a prototyping block from HeatSync Labs

An electronic musical instrument is any musical instrument that produces or modifies sounds by means of electronics. Instruments such as the electric guitar that generate sound by acoustic or mechanical means but that amplify the sound electrically or electronically are also considered electronic instruments.[1]

The broad familiy of musical instruments can be classified using many systems, including Hornbastel-Sachs. Within this system, most electronic instruments, such as theremins, organs, keyboard synthesizers, and drum machines could be considered Electrophones, specifically, of type "53. Radioelectric instruments: instruments in which sound is produced by electrical means"

The gear that synth DIY is concerned with are synthesizers (analog and digital) and samplers, sequencers, drum machines, effects as well as ancillary equipment such as controllers (and protocols), amplifiers, mixers, as well as with repairing and modifying these.

See also

References

  1. ^ electronic instrument in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, 2012, by Carlton Gamer, Robert A. Moog

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