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A class of its own: Yamaha's VCM technology

Creating an exact digital image of world-class analog audio processors has always been a sought-after goal — until Yamaha, the world's largest and most successful manufacturer of quality musical instruments, introduced a revolutionary technology that allows to create highly accurate digital copies of analog hardware: Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM).

VCM was developed by an engineering group led by Toshifumi Kunimoto, a senior engineer who was also responsible for the first physical modeling synthesizers, VL1 and VP1.

VCM enables an ultra-realistic digital reproduction of individual components in analog circuits, such as resistors and capacitors. Besides modeling the functionality of a circuit and the interaction between single components, VCM focuses on an unprecedented musical simulation of analog sound qualities, including typical characteristics like saturation and non-linearity subtleties that simple digital simulations can not capture.

Each effect is carefully analyzed by some of the most experienced ears in the business and tweaked to provide the best-sounding results in today’s pro sound environment. Breathtakingly accurate, yet highly musical, the VCM technology is the most straightforward approach to analog sound modeling and is now available in the Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection.

Toshifumi Kunimoto, senior engineer at Yamaha