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Reimagining Robb: The Sound of the World's First Sample-based Electronic Musical Instrument circa 1927

This paper follows up on 2013 and 2014 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 musical 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 for carving Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) equivalent waveforms into spinning tone wheels. The authors have completed a physical recreation of the instrument and will demonstrate the various sampled sounds at the conference.

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