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Theory and Techniques of Electronic Music

Theory and Techniques of Electronic Music

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Theory and Techniques of ElectronicMusic
DRAFT: March 3, 2006
M
iller Puckette
 
Copyrightc
2006 Miller PucketteAll rights reserved.
 
Contents
1 Sinusoids, amplitude and frequency 3
1.1 Measures of Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.2 Units of Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.3 Controlling Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.4 Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.5 Synthesizing a Sinusoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91.6 Superposing Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121.7 Periodic Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131.8 About the Software Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Quick Introduction to Pd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17How to nd and run the examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191.9 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Constant amplitude scaler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Amplitude control in decibels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Smoothed amplitude control with an envelope generator . . . . . 23Major triad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Conversion between frequency and pitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24More additive synthesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
2 Wavetables and samplers 29
2.1 The Wavetable Oscillator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312.2 Sampling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.3 Enveloping samplers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.4 Timbre stretching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412.5 Interpolation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 452.6 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 492.6.1 wavetable oscillator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 492.6.2 wavetable lookup in general . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 502.6.3 using a wavetable as a sampler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522.6.4 looping samplers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 542.6.5 Overlapping sample looper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562.6.6 Automatic read point precession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58iii

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