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Spotlight: R. W. Burhans


Ralph Burhans is a research engineer and lecturer at Ohio University's Dept, of Electrical Engineering - where he conducts one of the country's few courses on the design of electronic musical instruments. PAIA Gnome and 2720/A packages as well as equipment from ARP and other manufacturers are used as both "hands-on" instruments and design examples in this seminar.

Ralph's critiques of PAIA products have in the past been an invaluable asset in product improvement.

Readers of technical journals such as the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society will recognize Ralph as a constant contributor. His past work has included the development of the "Petite Clavichord" and timbre box; and amplification/filtering system that maintains the character of the distinctive clavichord sound while allowing it to produce sound levels consistent with its performance with other instruments.

His work in the digital generation of audio waveforms resulted in the DIGIVOX II, one of the few entirely digital musical instruments ever designed.

Ralph's current interests involve him in the design of extremely low cost electronic navigation systems ranging from Loran to Very Low Frequency Omega receivers.

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