Audio Applications and Technologies
This paper follows up on 2012 and 2013 AES presentations on recreating the first successful electronic organ, the 1927 Robb Wave Organ.
Most historical literature lists the Chamberlin/Mellotron (c1960s) as the first usable sample-based electronic instruments.
This paper will situate the earlier 1927 Robb Wave Organ as part of the evolution of sample-based instruments. It will also demonstrate the sampling method used of carving Pulse Code Modulation (PAM)-equivalent waveforms into spinning tone-discs.
The authors have completed a physical recreation of the instrument and will demonstrate the various sampled sounds at the conference.
It will also be displayed and playable by interested AES attendees.
Video of PAM sampled tonewheel engine in operation:
Audio example of the instrument: