FAVORITE WAVEFORM POLL

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What is your favorite waveform?

Sine
3
3%
Saw
31
34%
Square or pulse
19
21%
Unison saw (this includes Supersaw, Hypersaw, etc)
2
2%
Triangle
4
4%
PWM
18
20%
White noise
0
No votes
Tuned noise
1
1%
Other wave attainable by FM or ringmod or sync
4
4%
Other wave attainable by additive or wavetable synthesis
8
9%
 
Total votes: 90

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Post by shaft9000 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:39 pm

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Post by Panurge8 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:02 pm

I voted square/pulse because a square wave on an analog synth is never disappoints me. The best waveform I have ever heard, though, is the triangle wave on the minimoog. It's magical on the mini, but tri waves on other synths are generally forgettable.

Edit: I didn't see the one post on page 2, looks like Shaft said this already. :roll:
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Post by OriginalJambo » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:09 pm

If I had to choose just waveform I'd go for pulse as it's way more flexible than the rest by itself. Also great for one oscillator synths too.

However I find myself using saw a lot - I just really like the liquid and brassy quality it has.

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Post by daddio » Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:34 pm

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There once was a lady from Sicily,
said, "this is best the way to please me."
"Use a sawtooth for oral,
and a sine wave for anal
and pulse works well on my nookie."


... not sure how to turn this ballot in to the pollster, guess you can call it a 'write in" ?? ...

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Post by i_watch_stars » Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:32 pm

Alex E wrote:I voted "unison saw" but I love PWM too. So it's a tie for me but I had to pick one.

Oh and, the CS01 has great PWM. Always sounds good slow and low. 8)
We are the only ones that voted unison saw hehe...goes to show how strong the animosity here toward dance music is :) Few things are better than an ocean of saws..the more the better. Big fat saws by the bucketload, either in leads, pads, basses...I love them all though of course.

I guess I'll remove the other unison and put triangle on there. The other unison option was kind of useless anyway.

edit: Oh n/m. I thought you could edit polls...
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Post by Wiglaf » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:22 am

i_watch_stars wrote:goes to show how strong the animosity here toward dance music is :)
No, the animosity comes from those of us who listen to good electronic dance music. :P (Personally that "load of saw waves" sound annoys me.)


Anyway, it's square for me. Though ironically the square I probably like best is the 303's, and that's not a square...
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Post by immigrantboy » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:50 am

I voted sine, but its second to triangle, imo. Smooth with a bit of an edge, and not nearly imposing as a square wave.

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Post by RobotHeroes » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:35 am

I'll take the one that makes lazers...no wait explosions! f**k it I will take the washer and dryer!

If I have to choose I will go with Saw for $500.
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Post by Synthaholic » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:56 pm

I voted saw, it's the wave I use the most on my microkorg, and it's always the first thing I think of when I think of analog synths.

I also like FM waves (I do a lot of these on my MK too), and square/pulse. Saw, square, and pulse give the filter something to work with. Triangle is a bit blah, but good for basses.

I tend to use sine only when modulated (FM). I haven't explored ring mod or sync that much yet (sync just makes me think of the Cars' "Let's Go").
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Post by gfriden » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:15 pm

Jack Spider wrote: That said, sticking a low octave square or triangle with it is rather dapper.
Agreed! And that's the problem with this poll. Are we talking favourite waves soundwise or functionwise? I never really use triangle as a primary wave on my Mono/Poly, but I find it indespensable when it comes to fattening up sounds, or detuned for a slight chorusing effect. That completely changes the sound in a fashion not possible with just sawtooths. I think triangle is particularly useful in this way, although perhaps a little dull on its own. And yes, filtering a sawtooth will bring it near enough to a triangle, but again that's not really an option on the Mono/Poly if you want to combine a sawtooth sound with a triangle...

HMMMM... Given the options, I'm still going to vote sawtooth though.
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Post by Jack Spider » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:30 pm

i_watch_stars wrote:I guess I'll remove the other unison and put triangle on there. The other unison option was kind of useless anyway.

edit: Oh n/m. I thought you could edit polls...
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Post by sam » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:21 pm

Maybe because i have just finished a series of gigs using the pwm on my cs-01....With a smallstone it's stunning.
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Post by MitchK1989 » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:38 pm

I like Wavetable and PWM... I voted PWM though.

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Post by neandrewthal » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:45 pm

My favourite is unison saw(though not supersaw) but I votedImageBecause it's more versatile and is attainable on 1 osc synths.
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Post by JSRockit » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:25 pm

I used to like Saw waves... but now I have no favorite. I like them all...as long as they fit the song.
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