>What I notice in so many of the existing tools in this niche is that they all let you "draw your own waveform!!!!!!" as if that's something you'd actually want to do. It always seemed obvious to me that at least drawing the harmonic spectrum would be far more useful, so why this "draw waveform" ability? Is it just because that's what naive users think would be good?
Just to note, WaveEdit *does* let you draw in the spectrum. It's the only tool I can think of that seamlessly allows edits in both domains at once, and allows non-mathematical users to "puzzle out" the relation between the two in a hands-on way. There are also several FX with similarly immediate visual feedback. It's great, and should be a must-try for anyone using a wavetable synth. Between this and VCV Rack, huzzah for Andrew Belt! On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 9:58 AM, Risto Holopainen <ebel...@ristoid.net> wrote: > > > Den 2018-03-10 kl. 16:33, skrev Frank Sheeran: > > > What I notice in so many of the existing tools in this niche is that they > all let you "draw your own waveform!!!!!!" as if that's something you'd > actually want to do. It always seemed obvious to me that at least drawing > the harmonic spectrum would be far more useful, so why this "draw waveform" > ability? Is it just because that's what naive users think would be good? > > > Yes, I think you're on to something. Most musicians who use wavetable > synthesizers probably have no idea what Fourier series are, and at best > have a diffuse understanding of the relation between waveforms and spectra. > I also think that this visual interaction can be very appealing for many > users. > > I can imagine an editor with more perceptually motivated functions, where > you'd specify a waveform in terms of feature extractors such as centroid, > odd/even balance of partials, formants, spectral rolloff etc. > > Here's my take on wavetable synthesis, which definitely doesn't let you > draw your own waveform! > > https://ristoid.net/prog/waveforms.html > > Comments are appreciated. I hope to add a few sound examples some day. > > Risto > > > > _______________________________________________ > dupswapdrop: music-dsp mailing list > email@example.com > https://lists.columbia.edu/mailman/listinfo/music-dsp >
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