He's not just being obtuse; he's making a point, which is that synthesizers are full of effects--usually a filter or two, LFOs, envelope generators, possibly some chorus or panning, maybe ring modulation, etc.commodorejohn wrote: You know, there's not much point in having a discussion with you when you insist on being deliberately obtuse.
Furthermore, synthesizers by definition are a menagerie of electronic components that together make a sound. If you think about a modular system, a ring modulator or phaser isn't really separate from the synthesizer; those are just part of the synthesizer in the same way that the LFO and filter are. In fact it has been said that the name comes not from the notion that the device synthesizes sound but rather that individual components (oscillators and ring mods and so on) are combined into a whole. In that sense you can see your outboard effects as part of a modular system.
Because acoustic instruments are autonomous. Synthesizers are by definition a collection of parts. And their uniqueness is the ability to produce a huge array of sounds, not one very specific sound like a piano, guitar, or nose harp.commodorejohn wrote: Again, nobody thinks this is pointless and irrelevant when it's acoustic/acoustic-electric instruments under this type of scrutiny, so I'm not sure why some people are reacting so strongly to the idea when it's synths we're talking about.