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Should You Consider a Sampler or Synthesizer When Choosing a
by Dan Maynard
How can you buy a midi piano keyboard online and select the best features — a sampler or synthesizer that meets your needs?
The sound produced by a synthesizer is made by oscillators which produce electrical fluctuations.
Samplers work in a very different way, by digitally recording actual sounds.
On this basis, a sampler would seem to be the clear choice as it is capable of reproducing more realistic sounds than a synthesizer. However, there must be some advantages to a synthesizer or everybody would be using samplers.
Another advantage of synthesizers is that their sounds load up very quickly, being stored in ROM or RAM memory, whilst sampled sounds usually need to be stored in external storage and take a long time to upload.
Ultimately whether you need a synth or a sampler depends what you will be using your keyboard for. If you want to reproduce authentic acoustic sounds then it is worth getting a