November 14, 2016 in Learning
Learning Synthesis with Pure Data – Finishing Our Modular Synthesizer
In Learning Synthesis with Pure Data, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore has been taking the viewer through many of the fundamentals and common approaches to synthesis. Since lesson 4, the series has been covering the creation of a modular synthesizer that employs a lot of the common synthesis techniques that users would find in both software and analog synthesizers alike. The latest episode contains lessons 13, 14, and 15, which completes this specific synthesizer. The synthesizer is now a complete modular synthesizer with the added filtering modules, mixer module, and parameter saving module.
In lesson 13, the viewer sees how the filter module was made. The filter utilizes a virtual, voltage controlled filter with both band pass and low pass capabilities. The module allows one to set the center or cut off frequency, the q or bandwidth, and frequency and amount controls for its built-in oscillator. In lesson 14, the viewer will see how the mixer section is put together, allowing one to balance between the two signal chains that originate with the two carrier oscillators. Finally, lesson 15 shows how the parameter saving module was made. The synthesizer now allows one to create sounds on it, save them, and then open them later.
While this synthesizer is now complete, there will be more episodes in the future as we look at more synthesis topics in detail. We will continue building things, but these larger designs will now be reserved for the Pure Data Patches series. This series is housed on the LWM YouTube channel right alongside Learning Synthesis with Pure Data as well as here on the software page.
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