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by briandc
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Apps for synth build-it-yourself.. what do you think?
Replies: 27
Views: 11655

Re: Apps for synth build-it-yourself.. what do you think?

If you can code your own components, its not bad (see: HG Fortune stuff) If you can't it all sounds the same. So do you mean writing the instrument in a language "from scratch," such as using C or Python? If I understand correctly, SynthEdit is a kind of "drag-and-drop" app where coding is avoided ...
by briandc
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Apps for synth build-it-yourself.. what do you think?
Replies: 27
Views: 11655

Apps for synth build-it-yourself.. what do you think?

Hi everyone,
I'd be very curious to hear: SynthEdit and others like it. What are your opinions? Do you use them? Pros and cons?

Thanks!

brian
by briandc
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Comparing apples and ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Comparing apples and ...

Check out Markus Fuller's channel on YouTube, he takes modern gear apart to look inside and points out CPU chips etc, it's all pretty simple compared to an analog synth. Usually you'll find a CPU chip on the main board with a few other ancillary chips and components, and on the top board you'll hav...
by briandc
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Comparing apples and ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Comparing apples and ...

Thanks commodorejohn and Hybrid88! This is a pretty interesting topic to me, and I'm sure it could go quite deep if one wanted it to: comparing specific components on a hardware synth vs. a computer, etc. would be quite enlightening, I think. Hardware synths certainly have their cost. Not everyone c...
by briandc
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Comparing apples and ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Comparing apples and ...

On a pure hardware level, not really, not usually. What they do have is a specific set of function blocks/algorithms that produce a specific, characteristic sound. For example, there are many, many VSTs that imitate the architecture of Yamaha FM synths. However, there are very few of these that pre...
by briandc
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Re: Aliasing

Thanks for the tips, madtheory. I've been looking at a thread on Gearslutz about aliasing-- certainly lots of info there. Probably more than what I'm in need of, as my consideration is more of a "performance level" interest more than a technical level. But a spectrum analyser is a good idea and I ha...
by briandc
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Re: Aliasing

Ok. Do applications exist that can detect/indicate if the audio signal I'm working with contains any aliasing? (other than just what's obvious with my ears, of course... :) )


brian
by briandc
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Re: Aliasing

I guess that makes sense. So then the aliasing itself always comes from the sound source (oscillators)? Is the aliasing due to having too much high-end signal?


brian
by briandc
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Aliasing

Hi all,
I've seen where some softsynths have "anti-aliasing" oscillators. --But isn't the filter key follow control supposed to work to reduce/eliminate aliasing in the first place?

brian
by briandc
Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Comparing apples and ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Re: Comparing apples and ...

So, do hardware (digital) synths have something "under the hood" that a modern computer does not? Apart from maybe a special soundcard or similar?


brian
by briandc
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Comparing apples and ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1896

Comparing apples and ...

Hi everyone,
simple question: how do computers compare with hardware synth engines, in terms of capability?

Curious to hear everyone's input,
brian
by briandc
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Neuron vs. Fizmo vs. K5000 vs. Morpheus vs. FS1R
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

Re: Neuron vs. Fizmo vs. K5000 vs. Morpheus vs. FS1R

Sure would be nice to read some responses to this one! ;)


brian
by briandc
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Additive synthesis anyone??
Replies: 34
Views: 6304

Re: Additive synthesis anyone??

If you want an easy-to-use additive plug-in to noodle with, Minky Starshine from Expert Sleepers is quick and pretty intuitive. I've gotten some pretty interesting bell and tuned-percussion sounds from it. It only does 16 harmonics, but that's part of what makes it easy -- you have the controls for...
by briandc
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How do you feel about mini-keys
Replies: 43
Views: 5079

Re: How do you feel about mini-keys

I don't like the mini keys, basically because I feel like I'm using a toy, and because I feel as though I would have to start all over again in order to have the control I want. (It's the same with computer keyboards-- I have laptops, but I prefer an external, "standard"-sized keyboard because my ha...
by briandc
Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Additive synthesis anyone??
Replies: 34
Views: 6304

Re: Additive synthesis anyone??

I've been doing some renewed exploring with an additive software synth called Add64 . It has two filters that can be arranged in parallel or series, as well as interesting morphing between the two "scenes" (each scene has 3 oscillators and noise). I think it runs on Windows too, although I use it on...