When we have covered the Vo-96 Guitar on Synthtopia, readers’ comments have focused on ‘infinite sustain’ as the key feature, and compared the Vo Guitar’s technology to other sustain technologies.
But inventor Paul Vo‘s vision for ‘acoustic synthesis’ is much deeper than infinite sustain.
Vo wants to give musicians the same type of control over the sounds they generate with acoustic instruments that electronic synthesizers offer – the ability to control the amplitude of the individual harmonics of a sound over time.
In this informal video, filmed at his home office in Asheville, NC,, Paul Vo explains how acoustic synthesis works, gives some technical demonstrations and shows how the new capabilities offered by acoustic synthesis open up new performance options for musicians.
At the time of the interview, Vo was working on the initial batch of Vo-96 Guitars, sold during a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, he’s wrapped that up and also introduced a new device, based on some of the same technology, the Vo Wond.
More information on Paul Vo and his inventions can be found at his site.