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Before Vocaloid — Early history of voice synthesis?

Vocaloid is a modern musical voice synthesiser package from Japan. It's getting pretty close to a human voice: Compare GUMI (Vocaloid) and Megumi Nakajima (GUMI's voice sample provider; human) singing ...
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How can I reproduce the choppy synth in “Come on Home” by Franz Ferdinand?

I want to prepare a base so we can play with my band a cover of this song: ...
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Are lead synthesizer notes in trance typically single notes or chords?

Sorry, I am a n00b and don't know anything about music theory. Are typical lead synthesizer notes in trance played as single notes or as chords?