SPC Plugins wrote:
urlwolf wrote:Congrats Steven on a fantastic piece of work. I hope you understand how great a response you have gotten!
Yes, I was expecting a barrage of criticisms, so I'm very pleased!
urlwolf wrote:Quick question: There's an osc type called wavetable, is this also computed on the fly (ie not real wavetables, which are small one-cycle samples that are read, not computed)? The waves there look quite complex. All the osc types are pretty amazing. I have to wonder how complex waves can be generated with a formula. Seriously impressive.
The 'wavetable' waveform is a deliberately very basic version of a standard wavetable oscillator, limited to 16-step waveforms so they sound very bright and buzzy (but the steps are still fully anti-aliased). In addition, instead of each waveform having it's own set of 16 steps, they're 'shared' between waveforms, so 1 is steps 1-16, 2 is 2-17, 3 is 3-18 and so on. Also, the waveforms switch from one to another rather than crossfading.
urlwolf wrote:Related question. What is the advantage of computing all oscs in real time instead of using small one-cycle samples as in wavetables? Is the final sound less likely to alias?
It's probably easier to minimise aliasing using wavetables actually. The main advantage of avoiding wavetables is that you can have inharmonic components, noise and other stuff which can't be reduced down to individual cycles.
Since you seem to have put quite a few popular synths under the oscilloscope, could you share your results? If you prefer to keep it undercover so you don't publicly say bad things about your competitors, feel free to PM me
I don't have anything bad to say about any popular (or unpopular) synths, only the greatest respect for their developers after having struggled through developing my own! The only thing which surprised me from looking at spectrum plots (which is quite easy to do with something like Audacity) was how the best sounding synths (to my ears) have less high end than you'd expect.
I'm also loving this synth a lot. Really amazing piece of work.
I was thinking about how it might be really nice to have a bunch of "VSish" or "Waldorfesque" wavetables to mess with inside. Do you think that's something that might be in your idea for the scope of ArcSyn?
Also, another enhancement that I thought would be nice would be for either another filter gain slot, so that two types of gain effects might be used in tandem, or maybe combo gain effects, like overdrive and bit reduction together.
But, as I already said, brilliant synth. I can't recommend it enough.