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A synthesizer is a hardware capability of a soundcard which can be used to generate an audio stream from software rather than from recordings. To emulate a real musical instrument, sample notes are recorded and stored in a wavetable. The synthesizer steps through the wavetable reading out and playing back the sample values. Altering the step size when reading the wavetable allows the synthesis of notes with different frequencies.

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