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Mudit is an Inexpensive, Open Source Gestural Loop Performer [Pd + Arduino]

Mudit is an Inexpensive, Open Source Gestural Loop Performer [Pd + Arduino] | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it
Making music with technology...

 

Here is another tool for those artists who like to set themselves apart from the rest.  The Mudit is an open source gestual loop performer that can really add some cool dynamics to producing or DJ'ing.  Waving you hand in certain directions will shape the sound differently and literally control it with your finger tips.

 

This article does a great job giving examples, videos, and images on the Mudit.  It is a really cool device.  Check it out, it can add a whole new dimension to your productions and your artist persona.

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iOS Music Apps, in Harmony: Audiobus Details, Easy App Finding, Dec 10 Launch [Gallery]

iOS Music Apps, in Harmony: Audiobus Details, Easy App Finding, Dec 10 Launch [Gallery] | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it
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Don't want to go out and spend $500 on a DAW?  No problem, get started using iOS music apps which will give you a taste of what it is like to produce your own music!

 

This article goes into full detail about the app Audiobus.  It is a comprehensive music production app that allows you to create a sound, add effects to that sound, and record that sound using the built in sequencer.  This is a really cool app and a great way to get your toes wet!  Check it out!

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Impulse Modelling Synthesis (IMS) explained

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Tone2's new RayBlaster uses Impulse Mode Synthesis.

 

An interestesting new way to create sound and possibly the next generation of synthesizers!  The new Impluse Mode Synthesis model is a really in the way it handles sound.  Instead of a constant flow of sound waves that are subtracted (using filters), Impluse Mode Synthesis uses different wave forms at different sections in order to create the sound.  In fact, filters are not needed as the sound can be shaped through this approach.

 

Check out this article on some great diagrams and explainations on more of what Impluse Mode Synthesis is.  They give sample recordings showing how it sounds different and explain, on a more indepth level, what it can be used for.


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Sound synthesis tutorial | University of Salford

Sound synthesis tutorial | University of Salford | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Here is an interesting article from the University of Salford that covers a wide range of aspects of sound synthesis.  From the structure of soud to virtual modular synthesis, the author gives great explainations (and images) of each.

 

Look though this article to get a better idea of what sound synthesis encompasses if it is still confusing you.  Some of the information here can get a little academic (hence the source), but there is still a wide range of good information on here.

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MIDI & Music Synthesis

This article is great for general knowledge concerning sound synthesis.  From timbrals to after touch, this gives a wealth of knowledge when wanting to learn more about synthesis.  I would go ito more detail, but since it is all in the article, it would be helpful for you just to view the article itself.

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Arpeggiator - Synthesizer Wiki

Arpeggiator - Synthesizer Wiki | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Arpeggiators add a whole new dimension to the creation of a sound.  Although it doesn't technically change the wave form, it WILL change the way that note is played and thus can change the sound of the synth.  Arpreggiators are a common tool used in music production - especially electronic music.

 

This article gives great examples on what a arpeggiator is, what it does, and also provides pictures of arpeggiators. Additionally, it gives a list of arpeggiators that you can use.  It is a great article.

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Modulation

Modulation is essentially using one device to control another device through voltage control.  For example, you can use a LFO to control the pitch of a sound.  This would make the sound increase and then decrease in pitch as that is the property of sound a LFO gives off (for more on LFOs, please read the post on Oscillators I posted a couple of days ago).

 

This article goes into a great deal of depth on sound synthesis modulation.  Although the front page does not seem like a lot, you can click on the different links and you will find that there is more to the website than meets the eye.  It covers frequency, amplitude, and ring modulation... all important aspects of sound design.  Enjoy!

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Subtractive Synthesis- Basics, Waveforms, Filters, Envelopes, Modulation, Other Features - Yala Abdullah

Filters are awesome for shaping sound.  They allow the user to take the sound and filter out certain frequencies that come from the Oscillator.  This can add a TON of awesome characteristics to the sound.

 

LPF (Low Pass Filters) and HPF (High Pass Filters) are the two types of filters that are discussed in this article.  It goes into the characteristics a filter has (cut-off and resonance), which is very used ful.  It is a great article with a lot of information.

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Synthesis Basics

Synthesis Basics | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, modulation... all of these terms are associated with sound design, but are often a mystery to the majority of the people starting out on creating their own sounds.  Although these may seem confusing, if taken in steps, the different aspects of sound design can be easily understood.

 

This article lays out what each part of sound design are.  It offers AWESOME grapical aid to really help the reader understand what the different parts found in a synthesizer will do.  Again, these are the basics of parts of the synthesizer so it does not go into ALL of the parts, but enough so the reader is not overwhelmed.  It is a very informative article.

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The 20 best VST plug-in synths in the world today

The 20 best VST plug-in synths in the world today | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

I feel that I've covered enough about different types of VSTs, BUT before I move onto the next subject, I want to give one more article.

 

If you're interested in exploring more VST plugin synths, then this website will give you 20 of the BEST VST plug-ins you can use.  These vary from what they do, but are known the be the most favorited among other producers.

 

There are some synths in here that I have already talked about like Sylenth1 and Omnisphere, but one can probably find more fun and interesting synths to play with on there.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Newly updated, MusicRadar users' ultimate soft synth collection...

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This source talks about the 20 best VST plug-in synths for DAW's. This gives info related to what plug ins will be successful for your music productions as a producer.

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Celemony Melodyne Editor Review

Celemony Melodyne Editor Review | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Ah, yes.  Melodyne.  Melodyne is not a synth, BUT I thought I would share it as it is a EXTREMELY important VST that can be used to make productions 100% better.

 

Melodyne is similar to autotune, but allows the user more control over what pitch the notes of the singer are sung at.  Melodyne can also change the length a note, chop the note up, and do a wealth of other effects to the note.

 

This article does a great job in explaining what Melodyne is used for.  It also goes into Melodyne's Polyphonic Audio Editing and Perfect Pitch features, which are both awesome.

 

Melodyne is a great product for ALL producers.  The article will give you more information on what Melodyne has to off and will most likely convince you to puchase the product.

 

 

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Read the review of the Melodyne Editor pitch correction software with DNA in Mix magazine. Jim Aiken reviews the Melodyne Editor pitch correction software with DNA for the February 2010 issue of Mix Magazine.

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Omnisphere Review for Keyboard: Amidst Gigs of Sounds, Real Creative Sound Design, Too; Videos

Omnisphere Review for Keyboard: Amidst Gigs of Sounds, Real Creative Sound Design, Too; Videos | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Omnisphere is known to be the KING of all synths.  This synth is HUGE.  From the granular section to the harmonia feature, from the orb for exploring sonic capabilities to the iPad control, this synth has it all.

 

Unfortunately, I have not be able to use this synth, but the features which are embedded into it are amazing.  The features that this article explains about Omnisphere is just about expansive as the synth itself.  There are four videos, one giving a general overview of the synth, another on Unison, another video on the Morphing Modulation feature, and finally a video on the Oscillators.  This article is great.

 

The Omnisphere has a loath of features and ability, it is definitely one of the top synths out there.  The only problem is this synth is a hefty $500.  But still, for a large price, you get a large amount of power!

 

 

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Sylenth1 by LennarDigital - Reviews

Sylenth1 by LennarDigital -  Reviews | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Sylenth1, the KING of synths.  Sylenth1 is the cheap, quick, and dirty (well more clean) way of getting GREAT sounds.  This is my FAVORITE synth.  The features this synth offer are incredible.

 

The effects section of the mixer are beautiful.  The effects provided with the synth are high quality, and sound GREAT with the sound you can get out of the VSTi.

 

Sylenth1's quality is fantastic and the price is low, it's like hitting two birds with one stone!  This is a great synth for beginners OR experts in digial synthesis.  It is fully customizable and allows the user to produce full and thick sounding sounds.  Sylenth1 IS numero uno!

 

 

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KVR Audio Product Listing: Sylenth1 by LennarDigital: Sylenth1 is a polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer.

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Feedly, your magazine-like start page

Interested in standing apart from the rest?  Well then Sensomusic Hollyhock is the DAW for you.  This DAW is an open ended modular DAW - in other words, it pretty much allows you to do anything you want.  This can be utilized or some really cool sequences.  The structure itself is actually pretty similiar to Yahoo Pipes (if you are familiar with that tool), but or music.

 

This article does a great job explaining the benefits of Sensomusic Hollyhock and the capabilities of it.  IT is loaded with images, examples and video for you to understand how to operator the DAW and what it can really do.  One particualr interesting feature with this DAW is that you can enable the ability to control it with the touch screen.  When you see the user interface, you will understand why this is cool.  Check it out!

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From Analogue To Digital Effects

From Analogue To Digital Effects | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it
When synthesizing sounds, the effects you place after your synth's output are often as important as the synth itself (just think of last month's Leslie). As we near the end of Synth Secrets, we consider how a digital effects processor works.

 

WARNING: Very academic article.  But really, this article is jam packed with the mathmatical basics on turning a digital signal to analogue.  The author does a great job explaining how to do so.  If you're into old/vintage gear, but find yourself living in an age full of computer based instruments, this is the article for you.

 

A couple things the author covers is the traditional analogue to digital process, combinational logic, gates with memory, the D & JK flip flops, audio delay line, and epilogue.  The amount of images and examples used are fantastic.  Check this article out!

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TOPOMSS-Ch1.PDF

NOW THIS is a GREAT PDF.  This PDF titled, "Theory and Practice of Musical Sound Synthesis" is JAM PACKED full of good information on sound synthesis.  This is covers 5 different topics (IN DEPTH) about sound.

 

"The Use of Electronic Sound Synthesis", "Types of Electronic Music Systems", "Techniques of Musical Sound Synthesis", "Additional and Combined Methods (for synthesis)", and "Control" are the five topics covered in this.  There are nice diagrams, great explainations, and in depth examples for sound synthesis.  Check this PDF out, it's worth the read!

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Sound Waves

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An introduction to sound waves with illustrations and explanations. Includes examples of simple wave forms.

 

Sound waves are essential when working with sound synthesis as it is literally the foundation of creating a sound.  There are many types of different waves of sounds (e.g., sin waves, square waves, etc...) which each add their own feel to the specific sound. 

 

This article takes a deeper dive into each of these sound waves and how sound is build.  It is very interesting, and you can learn a lot from it!  Check out the article to find more information.

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Basic Sound Synthesis: Part 6 – Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Arpeggiators and sequencers have been part of synthesizers since the 1970s, when basic patterns could be played without having to manually press the keys down,...

 

Sequencers are namely in the same category as arpeggiators, although they each do two different things.  As arpeggiators can change how a sound sounds, sequencers can do this also.  A sequencer does this using different manipulators such as pitch, aftertouch, pressure, etc...

 

The article goes into sequencers, as well as arpeggiators.  I like what it had to say about sequencers, so feel free to skip over the second paragraph as it is totally about arpeggiators.  The first and the third paragraph contain information on sequencers.  This will give you an idea as to what a sequencer can do to sound synthesis!

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Basic Synthesis: Part 4 – Effects Part 1

Effects, while not technically a stage of any form of subtractive music synthesis, are commonly found on the end of most signal paths from synthesizers.

 

Effects can REALLY make a sound.  From echo to reverb, adding an effect will draw out the "epicness" of a sound in so many ways.  There are MANY different effects, but the main ones include: echo, delay, chorus, reverb, flanger, bitcrusher, filters, and EQ.

 

This article does a great job summarizing effects (NOTE: there is a part 2 to this article that can be accessed by clicking the "Basic Sound Synthesis: Part 5 – Effects Part 2 »" at the bottom of the page).  It covers even more effects than I have listed in this post!  Check it out.  You'll learn a ton!

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Computer Music: JSYD Tutorial - Envelope Generator

Computer Music: JSYD Tutorial - Envelope Generator | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

The envelope generator can be used for  multiple things, but is MOST commonly used to adjust the amplitude (volume) of a sound.  This can be very useful for anyone trying to have a sound increase slowly OR, conversely, increase rapidly.  This article goes into more information on what a envelope generator does and how it can be used.  It VERY useful and will help you understand what envelope generators can be used for!

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Basic Synthesis: Part 1 – Oscillators

Basic Synthesis: Part 1 – Oscillators | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it
Without oscillators, your synthesizer will make no sound (well, actually it can - but that's in a future article).

 

Time to get into the buttons, knobs, and faders of VSTs/AUs.  The most essential part of a substractive synth (again, subtractive meaning to "take away" from a wall of frequencies in order to shape your sound... sort of like a cookie cutter except for sound) is the oscillator.  Many synths come with multi-oscillators (for example, Sylenth1 has four oscillators) for added "beef" to the sound.  This also gives you the ability to do more with your sound such as add incrimental differences to the sound.

 

This article goes over the basics of what an oscillator does.  It covers the general knowledge of an oscillator, the sound waves that it produces, how to mix them, and what a LFO (low freqency oscillator) is.  I will probably be posting more articles from this website as it has VERY good information!

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Understanding the Basics of Sound Synthesis

Understanding the Basics of Sound Synthesis | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it
An article about the fundamentals of different methods of sound synthesis.

 

There are a multiple types of synthesis, that can all achieve the same thing, but are done differently.  From Additive to subractive synthesis, there are different styles and techniques for both.  This article gives a great overview of each of the different types of synthesis.  The author does a great job laying out each type of synthesis by how it works and giving it some backgroound on each type.  The two main headliners contain Subtractive Synthesis and Non-Subtractive synthesis.  This is the main idea that should be kept in mind while reading the article as it will make things much more clear.  This is a great article.

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ROB PAPEN Albino 3

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Albino 3 is yet another KING synth.  Rob Papen did a great job inventing this synth.  The sound produced by this device is beautiful.  The lush, thick, and full sounding sounds produced with this VST make my ears rejoice!

 

The article takes you in depth in Albino 3's analog style, swirl factor, and finally the 2,100 presets that come with Albino 3.  Len Sasso (the author) does a great job explaining more about Albino 3 and what it has to offer.

 

Two problems I have with this synth.

1.  It costs $199.

2.  It is going to be discontinued soon.  But if you can get your hands on a copy before this happens, I'd highly recommend it!

 

Albino 3 is a monster synth and DESERVES to be at the top of most of the BEST VST plugin lists.

 

 

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Albino 3 has four independent layers, a slew of new and enhanced effects, an expanded modulation matrix, and external audio input. It comes with more than 2100 presets clearly organized by category.

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Free Tyrell Nexus 6 Synthesizer – More Synth Than Synth? » Synthtopia

Free Tyrell Nexus 6 Synthesizer – More Synth Than Synth? » Synthtopia | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

I wanted to show this synth as many people think it is a GREAT synth for any beginner or experienced producer... best of all it's FREE. 

 

The u-he Tyrell N6 comes loaded with a large amount of sound banks and patches for the user to explore and mainipulate.  This synth is fully customizable as well to allow the user to ceate his/her own sounds as well!

 

I've actually tried out this synth and it's pretty great.  The sounds don't equate to Sylenth1 or Nexus2, but for the price (free) it is a steal!

 

Unfortunately, the only in depth review I could find out about the synth was in a different language, so unless you speak German, I don't think it would help.   I still wanted to post this synth as it is GREAT for anyone to use.  Also, there are a wealth of Youtube videos in English that will help users to create and use the synth, so do not be alarmed!

 

It's a great synth, and a total must for any producer.

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Native Instruments Massive | Vintage Synth Explorer

Native Instruments Massive | Vintage Synth Explorer | Digital Synthesis | Scoop.it

Native Instruments MASSIVE.  This synth rightfully deserves its name in that it is a VERY POWERFUL synth.

 

Massive is the "go to synth" for Dubstep and Electro House producers.  Its powerful tripple oscillator ability, envelope, modulation, LFO, and filter functionality is quite MASSIVE in itself.

 

The article goes into detail about routing with Massive and how it can be use with the built in controls.  It also discusses the main functionality of this BEAST of a synth.  It's a great synth to start with for ANY producer.

 

Lastly, it goes to say that names such as: Assemblage 23, Depeche Mode and Andrew Phillpott have all used Massive.  Youtube is LOADED with video tutorials on Massive as it's following base is HUGE!  Massive is a great synth, I highly recommend it.

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There are several forms of synthesis; Massive is subtractive synthesis. This means that pitch, harmonics, wavetype, oscilliation, and filters are changed and/or subtracted from a static note. Massive is pretty cheap and easy to use, and is quite compatible with other programs such as the DAW Ableton. I like this product because it is easy to use and can create some pretty interesting and useful sounds for any type of music.