Understanding Wavetable Synthesis

Tim Webb (discchord) offers his thoughts on understanding wavetable synthesis, demonstrating with Animoog on the iPad.

Wavetable synthesis was pioneered by Wolfgang Palm in his PPG synths of the 70s and 80s. With wavetable synthesis, a library of relatively complex wave shapes, rather than sine, square or triangle waves, are used as building blocks of sounds. Dynamic sounds can be created by mixing or morphing between different wave shapes.

Note that Moog calls the heart of Animoog its ‘Anisotropic Synthesis Engine’, which combines elements of wavetable synthesis and subtractive synthesis. Animoog lets you animate the modulation of your wavetable source(s), and then lets you filter the result with virtual-analog filters.

In addition to Animoog’s default wavetables, Moog offers wavetable packs as in-app purchases – and you use Webb’s hack to load your own.


2 thoughts on “Understanding Wavetable Synthesis

  1. Oh, dude! I’ve seen your name around, but I didn’t realize you’re BeatmakerTV. I’ve seen your videos from a while ago!

    I just spent a good while jamming around with your presets and timbres. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing this. I about lost my mind in a trance when I blended your BasstationT60a timbre with my dc_ChainedSaws, around the middle with a gentle orbit-speed controlled by velocity. It was like some Industrial Metal Trance or something. http://discchord.com/storage/downloads/BassStation%20Death%20Trance.preset (Note to others, you’d need both of our packs to use this preset)

    Including the pictures of your editing process was a nice touch. Which is the second app? The one you’re trimming it down to .371 seconds.

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