Learn Synthesis with Pure Data Series 01

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Learn Synthesis with Pure Data Series 01

Learn Synthesis with Pure Data Series 01 starts from square one. One does not need to know any prior knowledge about synthesis nor Pure Data to start this series. The series begins with the fundamentals of digital audio as well as the basics of Pure Data and grows from there. By the end of the series, the student will have learned how to buld a simple synthesizer in Pure Data with all of the major basic components of a synthesizer.

Learn Synthesis with Pure Data S01E01 – Pure Data Basics & Digital Audio Fundamentals

We are about to go on an adventure in which we will learn about the art of synthesis using the open source programming environment, Pure Data. PD is a free download and is a very wide-open creative environment for artists to create all things audio and MIDI. It is a great way to learn synthesis as it allows you to build synthesizer components from the ground up to truly know what they are and how they function. This series is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of synthesis so that one will be able to apply this knowledge to any software or even analog hardware synthesizer in the future. In this series, the learning of Pure Data and synthesis is made easy. This episode goes over some of the basics of PD so that one can become more comfortable with the software. Additionally, digital audio fundamentals are covered, specifically sampling rate. This episode shows how sampling sound is a process of converting electrical signal into digital information that can then be managed and visualized in a waveform display. Digital audio is composed of numbers that store the information of the waveform of the sound that was sampled.


Pure Data home page: http://puredata.info

Miller Puckette (Creator/Developer): http://msp.ucsd.edu

Learn Synthesis with Pure Data S01E02 – Overtones, Undertones, Harmonics, & Partials

An essential part of synthesis is learning about overtones, undertones, harmonics, and partials. these are the components of a sound’s frequency material that make up its tone color. Tone color is the unique sound of an instrument or voice and in synthesis, it is at the heart of the creative process. This lesson shows how to use Pure Data to demonstrate the concept of making harmonics and partials to change the tone color of a sound. This lesson also uses Adobe Audition and Spear by Michael Klingbeil to demonstrate the concepts of overtones, harmonics, and partials.


Adobe Audition https://adobe.com

Spear Home Page: http://www.klingbeil.com/spear/

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