A_SN wrote:Actually I think I'm starting to get the point of Photosounder, I always thought of it as a way to do specific practical things except it doesn't do them quite as well as dedicated tools do (like imagine doing equalisation of a track in Photosounder, which I unironically used it for), but now I think I get it, what it's great at is doing wild stuff, and I guess that's what people always liked in it, so that's a good direction to pursue, and the ability to deal with more than one file at once and do things like convolution is very important for that.
Frankly to say, recently came to mind some ideas for Photosounder, if we are talking about its tasks now.
I like his definition as a "synth" (that is really indicated on the site among other). Perhaps i not enough understand the mechanism of sound so deeply (in his digital nature), together with restrictions of spectral algorithm. But i remember the first thing that puzzled me when i first time start to explore Photosounder, this is - why it can produce only or near to sinusoidal signals together with noise. (I'm talking mainly about drawing from scratch). I wanted to get any sharp\crisp\ragged sound (not to be confused with postprocessing, like distortion) even like a simple saw or square but nothing happened.
I can admit that all sounds compose of short sinusoids (an vice versa - noise contain spectra of all sounds), and perhaps this is somehow related to the direction of thought of spectral processing. But why not go beyond the scope of this a bit.
We have full graphical editor in which the colors are analyzed and interpreted. Then, why not do something like this: red color - saw waveform, green - square, blue - triangle, white - noise, black - sinus, and brightness of each it's pitch level (for example) etc etc indefinitely. Any reaction to color at will.
Also can go further, since we have layers - it can be FM synthesis of superimposed signals (mixed between each layer).
You just imagine what a palette of sounds can get out of any image\photo.
And, ofcourse, such varieties of the algorithms can be dozens of different. It can be a list of the created by the author in advance. Or some customizer for creating a user algorithms of interpretation (or even some simple scripting ability to make algo in text view).
Would be cool.