Introduction (Part 1)
I’ve always loved the sound of processed audio. I’m a big fan of it! The only thing that I do not like about processing audio is hearing the audio processor work. My life goal when developing audio processing is to create well managed audio, but I don’t want to hear the audio processor working to make the effect happen!
The serious pursuit of this goal started late in 1987 when development of my first multiband audio processor began. A short series of multiband designs were developed, all leading to The Audio Chameleon audio processor (APS-1000), which debut around 1990.
This is an off-air audio cassette sourced clip of the early version of the FM Audio Chameleon. This clip features the young version of me as the DJ on my “pirate” FM station. This clip is from around 1991:
There were several versions of the Audio Chameleon produced between 1990 and the last one in 2005. The 2005 model (which still exists) was the last to feature CMOS “hard coded” logic.
I knew the next step would be in the digital domain, where I can just make use of the computers built into the hardware. Why? Because it was obvious to me that the answer to invisible control was more intelligence.