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There are a variety of vactrols, but the VTL5C3 is the "magic" one that shows up in the Buchla designs.

Operational Transconductance Amplifiers (OTA)

Norton Amplifiers

"VCA" chips

Current in, current out, exponential voltage control: Rumor has it that the THAT chips may be used in some of the newest STS Serge VCF designs; I'm not sure where else they might be used. The SSM2164 looks pretty nice (it's an updated variant of the SSM2024, which appears all over place on the Oberheim OB-Mx schematic).

Four-Quadrant Multipliers


Comparator comparisons and notes by Jim Patchell (sdiy list, 1/1/06) (why does "comparator" have an "a" and "comparisons" have an "i"?)

Op Amps

Electronic Switches

Voltage Regulators

Suggested by Ian Fritz.

Miscellaneous Interesting Chips

Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO)

With the exception of the XR4151, these don't actually seem to turn up in synth schematics very often.

"Universal" Filters

These seem to be pretty expensive! I haven't seen any of them appear in synth designs...