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August 3, 2021

Learn Synthesis with Pure Data S01E03 – Wave Shaping the 4 Basic Wave shapes

Learn Synthesis with Pure Data S01E03 – Wave Shaping the 4 Basic Wave shapes

Wave Shaping the 4 Basic Wave shapes

In this episode, we are going to learn about wave shaping. This is a technique for creating different sounds by changing the shape of the waveform. Additionally, we will see how to make the 4 basic wave shapes in synthesis. These wave shapes include the sine wave, triangle wave, square or pulse wave, and the sawtooth wave. These shapes have been used since the early days of synthesis right up to today. They can be used to generate sound that is further crafted and they can be used to create shapes for modulating sound. This episode is full of information about PD and the viewer will learn how to make a multi-oscillator module. This is a must see episode for those who want to learn PD and those who want to learn about designing sounds.

This video is the third step in the overall series, and it is an essential one. From the days of analog synthesis, the sine wave, triangle wave, pulse wave, and sawtooth wave have been used to generate sounds. They are used to create sound signals that are then further shaped, and they are used to create modulation shapes for crafting the sound signal further. They are used so much and in so many ways, understanding how to make them is very important to the sound designer. Knowledge of these wave shapes and how to make them is very important in using today’s virtual instruments in that these shapes are still used in the modern art of sound design. Once again, this series focuses on the fundamentals so that the viewer can learn knowledge that can be applied to both software and hardware synthesizers.

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