While it's a stretch to say that I'm dead, I regret to say that I haven't made too much original synthwave music as of late due to lack of ideas, though I have begun work on one new piece, which I might release as a single before the album it may end up in.
That's not why I write this journal, though. I've spent a good chunk of my recent time experimenting with sampling and sample playback, and I've come to the conclusion that a faithfull antialiasing lack of interpolation of samples (a la the Fairlight CMI) is impossible to do and sound faithful without at least 32x oversampling and a computer able to handle that much CPU. I feel my attempts got somewhat close with my Reaktor ensemble, available on The Patchbay, but even then, I'm probably too much of a perfectionist for my own good.
I did, however, find an interesting alternative to that form of interpolation when it comes to low notes, which I had first discovered in Apple's recent Logic plugin based on Camel Audio's Alchemy. If one augments the highest frequencies of low notes played via linear interpolation, whether by a peak EQ or an extremely resonant filter setting, you can generate a similar sound for an octave or two, a sligtly muffled kind of ringing that is very similar, if not identical, to what's heard in the Terminator 2 soundtrack.
I'll be testing my Akai S2000 next week to see if I can generate that effect with its own lowpass filter. If I can, then I might finally be convinced to do more hardware sampling, for a change.
Speaking of which, I also managed to pull off the task of getting my Akai S2000 to boot from a CompactFlash card connected an external SCSI card reader, instead of the internal (historically unreliable) floppy disk! If any Akai S2000 users who read this are interested in a mostly-blank "hard disk" image with the operating system stored on it, let me know, and I'll be more than willing to try to send it over, though you'll need to make sure your external storage, whatever medium it may be, is set to ID #5 in order to boot from it instead of floppy.
That's all for now. I'll update within the next few weeks with my report on the S2000's filter, and give a sneak peek of some of my oher projects.