23 wrote:Roland had done this before, but stopped.
Supernatural was essientially the result of continued SA synthesis development.
A line of digital pianos had been released in the 80s by Roland that were in fact SA....began with the MKS-20 I believe.
Really? Still with the vast advances in processing power over the years I think we finally have ability to nail it proper. I just watched the V-Piano demo and while it isn't a product that I will have much use for at the moment I can see it becoming very popular. It also sounds fantastic IMO.
Roland hasn't released all the details on the tech, but yeah, I do know it was born of SA.
The issue in the past was limitations on processing power, so you're right on why they are now springing it out in a much larger and diverse way.
Of note, SA and Supernatural are not simply Physical Modeling. Again, Roland hasn't released all details on the tech, but in the case of SA, I do know that it was a fusion of wavetable/sample based synthesis (in the original and most technical sense of the term), additive synthesis, and physical modeling. As far as what advancements have been made between the SA methods of the past and the Supernatural methods of the current, who really knows (other than Roland). Given they've had about 2 decades to further the tech though, I suspect they are significant.
Of the major synth companies out there, I really have to give it to Roland, as they practically stand alone in their stance of pushing the state of the art rather than simply repackaging old tech.
You figure the heart of things like Melodyne and Auto-tune are born of tech techniques first born of Roland (with Variphrase), things like AP Synthesis, Supernatural, etc.....
what those engineers at Roland have been doing is nothing short of astonishing.
I'm with you though on that all though I feel no pressing need to invest on taking advantage of Roland's Supernatural releases, I can appreciate the advancements behind the tech.