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Four-Pole Tunable Lowpass/Bandpass Filters

As a practical note, it is worth mentioning that in popular analog synthesizers (both real and virtual11.6), VCFs are typically fourth order rather than second order as we have studied here. Perhaps the best known VCF is the Moog VCF. The four-pole Moog VCF is configured to be a lowpass filter with an optional resonance near the cut-off frequency. When the resonance is strong, it functions more like a resonator than a lowpass filter. Various methods for digitizing the Moog VCF are described in [95]. It turns out to be nontrivial to preserve all desirable properties of the analog filter (such as frequency response, order, and control structure), when translated to digital form by standard means.

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``Introduction to Digital Filters with Audio Applications'', by Julius O. Smith III, (August 2006 Edition).
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