the botar: a new instrument

controlling the envelope

loudness envelope more important than timbre

What makes one instrument sound different from another is more a matter of its characteristic loudness envelope (attack-decay-sustain-release shape) than of its characteristic timbre (tone quality). You can prove this to yourself by setting the loudness envelope of a synthesizer to emulate:

using the same timbre for both patches.

Now try to emulate first an acoustic guitar and then a flute, using the same envelope for both and a different timbre for each. Which aspect of sound - loudness envelope or timbre - is more important in fooling your ear?

the botar expands the capabilities of guitarists and bassists

The botar gives the player the same capability that wind players, bowed string players and singers have: continuous control of loudness over the length of a phrase. As a result each phrase can have a unique loudness envelope.

The botar gives string players who don't want to learn a bowed instrument the ability to sound like a horn, a bowed instrument or a voice.


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