The Bob Moog Foundation has released a new series of posters that explain the fundamentals of synthesis.
This set of seven 11″x17″ posters covers these topics:
- What is a waveform?
- What is an oscillator?
- What is a filter?
- What is an envelope?
- What is an amp?
- What is a harmonic?
- What is an L.F.O.?
The Fundamentals of Synthesis posters are available individually, or as a set for US $25.
Moog Music has a new video out today on The Moog Ladder Filter, the patent for which Bob Moog is being inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.
Rick Shaich, Moog Hardware Engineer, narrates the video and explains the Ladder Filter’s important distinction of being “voltage controllable… It’s really the heart of subtractive synthesis, which is ‘The Moog Sound.’”
It’s a great explanation of what a Ladder Filter is/does, and the role it has played in modern music.
This series of videos, via Walker Farrell, captures an introduction to modular synthesis, presented at MakeNoise Music, featuring designer Tony Rolando, artists Robert Lowe (Lichens) and Richard Devine, and performances of patches from the MakeNoise Shared System Series. Continue reading
The Bob Moog Foundation – a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of Bob Moog’s legacy – has shared a great series of videos looking at the foundations of synthesis. Continue reading
Developer Taylor Holliday has released an update to Audulus, his modular synth for the iPad.
The key feature of this update is the ability to modulate knobs, demonstrated with an LFO in the video above. In effect, this lets you modulate just about anything. Continue reading
Developer Robert Tubb has introduced The Wablet, a “physics based synthesiser and noise toy”.
Here’s how Tubb describes it:
An animated mesh of springs can be vibrated with the fingers. A path around this mesh is read as into an audio waveform, and hence your gestures are turned into sound. Complex evolving drones, chiptunes bleeps or full on noise can be produced, and beautiful undulating patterns created.
The physical properties of the mesh can be changed using the sliders, new sound-paths can be drawn onto the Mesh and the App comes with a Max/MSP patch for wireless MIDI control and more in depth adjustable parameters.
The Wablet scans the current state of the interactive mass-spring network and uses that waveshape as an oscillator cycle for synthesizing sound.