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The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music - Puckette

The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music - Puckette

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Miller S. Puckette's groundbreaking foundational work on the basics of understanding how sound and technology work. The reading can be kind of dry at times, but the amount of information and theory is nearly unparalleled. Puckette is also the creator of Max/MSP and Pure Data.
Miller S. Puckette's groundbreaking foundational work on the basics of understanding how sound and technology work. The reading can be kind of dry at times, but the amount of information and theory is nearly unparalleled. Puckette is also the creator of Max/MSP and Pure Data.

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The Theory and Technique of ElectronicMusic
DRAFT: December 30, 2006
M
iller Puckette
 
Copyrightc
2007 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.All rights reserved.
 
Contents
Foreword ixPreface xi1 Sinusoids, amplitude and frequency 1
1.1 Measures of Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.2 Units of Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.3 Controlling Amplitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.4 Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.5 Synthesizing a sinusoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81.6 Superposing Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101.7 Periodic Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121.8 About the Software Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Quick Introduction to Pd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15How to nd and run the examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171.9 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Constant amplitude scaler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Amplitude control in decibels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Smoothed amplitude control with an envelope generator . . . . . 21Major triad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Conversion between frequency and pitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22More additive synthesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2 Wavetables and samplers 27
2.1 The Wavetable Oscillator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292.2 Sampling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322.3 Enveloping samplers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362.4 Timbre stretching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.5 Interpolation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.6 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47Wavetable oscillator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47Wavetable lookup in general . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Using a wavetable as a sampler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50iii

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