Digital CAN take the best of what is analog and instead of just copying it like we have been doing, I believe that our advanced digital systems can be integrated in the role of controlling and monitoring micro analog systems, in fact Micro Electro Mechanical Sysytem, or MEMS. I am very very interested in what exploration is being done using MEMS for audio research, namely Musical Instrument Research and Development. If there is not yet a specialized science in regard to musical instrument R&D as related to MEMS technology then perhaps a new branch of science with an appropriate acronym can be agreed upon to describe it- MEMS + Musical Instruments.
MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEMS , or MEMMIS
If MEMS as it applies to music is an unexplored territory, then NOW is the time we should start investigating it's possibilities. Not so much just to copy a Hammond organ, but to develop musical instrument science for the 21st century! MEMMIS R&D with the Hammond organ is a very appropriate for a place to begin this science because the tone wheel generator represents the most simplified approach to tone generation in what can be deemed a MACRO electro mechanical musical instrument system that worked great the first time!
To work on the Hammond tone wheel concept using MEMMIS is just the beginning. Imagine crossing the tonal horizon of understanding and then hearing what the effects of an NPN, PNP, or FET transistor could sound like when combined with much much smaller MEMS circuits. It's a whole NEW science! 'Impedance' is such a lovely word when it comes to audio and science.
WHY IS MAGNETISM 1/2 OF THE HAMMOND SOUND AND WHY IT IS *HEARD*-
-Mechanical Impedance- to AC - to AUDIO-
Impedance is not so much a 'thing' as it is an effective relationship between two or more differing, identical, or nearly identical systems. When we are dealing electromagnetic mechanical systems that are in direct opposition to one another, as in the Hammond tone wheel and it's electromagnetic pick-up, the impedance relationship is more than a simple 'tuned equalization feedback circuit' as what is represented by the typical Hartley tuned oscillator. It is actually a CONTINUOUS ALTERNATING CURRENT generator. The audible tone generation heard as a steady sine wave frequency at the speaker is NOT an artifact of DIRECT CURRENT, but of continuous ALTERNATING CURRENT. Okay, now this is very important as to why MAGNETISM is actually heard as part of the signal in a real Hammond tone wheel organ, and why it is crucial to the accuracy in it's 'cloning'.
MEMS is a shoe in for breaking into the next the musical instrument boom. Analog and Digital got us here. Now MEMMIS will take us to the next level!