The Vo-96 explores a new approach to synthesis, created by instrument designer Paul Vo. Vo’s acoustic synthesis involves controlled modulation the amplitude of the harmonics in a vibrating object – in this case, guitar strings. So, instead of plucking a guitar string and the sound quickly dying out, you can shape how the various harmonics of the string sustain or even build over time.
The result is more subtle than many approaches to synthesis. The range of possible sounds is limited by the vibrations that the instrument can make – but it also offers a physical immediacy that’s impossible with traditional synths.