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by briandc
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Additive synthesis anyone??
Replies: 34
Views: 5808

Re: Additive synthesis anyone??

@Soul_Processor: Thanks, I'll look into that! ;) According to the Additive Synthesis page on Sound-On-Sound (http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun00/articles/synthsec.htm), additive synthesis is capable of more sound timbres than subtractive synthesis. (No news to some of you here, I'm sure.) So why i...
by briandc
Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: AlphatronSE
Replies: 2
Views: 1845

AlphatronSE

For something a bit more "classic," this very nice hybrid synth (also very stable with Wine (linux)) is HG Fortune's "AlphatronSE" Looks like HG Fortune isn't active anymore...? From the link above: Alphatron is not just a simple VA synthesizer instead in using a 3rd oscillator with digital waves (q...
by briandc
Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Moppeltron--morphing synth
Replies: 5
Views: 2576

Moppeltron--morphing synth

So, here's something new: Moppeltron! From the link above: Moppeltron is a morphing synthesizer which employs the Discrete-Summation Formulae (DSF) synthesis technique proposed by James A. Moorer. http://i66.tinypic.com/2zsmz60.png It's got monophonic output, but polyphony (16 note) and monophonic c...
by briandc
Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Reviews of software synthesizers?
Replies: 6
Views: 3354

Re: Reviews of software synthesizers?

Ok, will do! Thanks!


brian
by briandc
Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Reviews of software synthesizers?
Replies: 6
Views: 3354

Re: Reviews of software synthesizers?

Well yes, KVR does have an 800+ thread where the more "vintage" free synths can be downloaded. I was thinking something along those lines, dedicated to the older free ones, but actually giving a review to the instruments themselves. Some of them are really colorful (sounding) in their own unique way...
by briandc
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Reviews of software synthesizers?
Replies: 6
Views: 3354

Reviews of software synthesizers?

Hi all,
I was wondering if there might be interest in starting a thread where people can evaluate software synths? I'm kind of a "junkie" for free softsynths and there's some neat stuff out there that could be good to discuss!

Thoughts?


brian
by briandc
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Additive synthesis anyone??
Replies: 34
Views: 5808

Re: Additive synthesis anyone??

@ItsMeOnly: thanks for the demos. Too bad they're so short... But good to hear! @Bitexion: thanks for the recommendation! I found a Kawai K5000 pdf manual online-- looks very interesting indeed! :) @garranimal: thanks for posting your video. Very nice! Are there lots of effects added to the sounds, ...
by briandc
Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Additive synthesis anyone??
Replies: 34
Views: 5808

Additive synthesis anyone??

Hi everyone, they say that in theory, you can make any sound desired if you add enough sine waves. (My first thought that comes to mind is an acoustic piano emulation.) -Has anyone ever re-created a piano sound, using additive synthesis? -Also, is anyone here really "into" additive synthesis? If so,...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

Seems that this thread indeed was helpful to you! The recognition of the importance of modulation is key indeed, although it is also only a model in the sense that it highlights some (important) aspects, while eclipsing others. Like a floodlight pointed to an object. But at least "modulation" takes...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

Now we are getting somewhere ;) Synths started gaining effects because they could. Once the engine was digital adding effects was trivial. It ws a good deal because eary digital FX units were not cheap, getting one for free inside a synth meant one less box you needed to buy. It's not conceptually ...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

In FM8 (or any other synth that has external input) I can let an operator modulate an external sound source, or let that external sound source modulate an operator. That external source could be an impulse peep running through a reverb, in which case the washy reverb tail becomes the actual sound. ...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

Stab Frenzy wrote:Karplus-Strong synthesis uses delay lines as oscillators and that's fully pitched so you can play melodies with it, just so you know.
Could be interesting, I'm checking it out on Wiki! :)
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

And what if I use self-oscillating filters as sound source? They often deliver a cleaner sine than VCOs can, so it can actually serve a very specialized purpose. And they track well if they're designed properly. The glossary of this website is stuck in categorical thinking, trying to make up taxono...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

A big thanks to everyone participating here so far, it's been very helpful! And in particular, Stab Frenzy's comment about filters being an effect. That really stuck with me! Why? Because of a few realizations since I read that: -- I realize now that synthesis is all about modulation . (no modulatio...
by briandc
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers and their (true) sound
Replies: 47
Views: 3698

Re: Synthesizers and their (true) sound

So, where do you draw the line, then? From a "philosophical" point of view, I guess anywhere. The glossary on this website doesn't include filters as "effects." But if we consider them as not really sound generators but only as sound processors, I suppose they should be. My original post was mostly...