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NerthBox

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Any other Synth Heads?
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:25:54 PM »
Hey! Im kinda stuck on my current Project.
I have input data, but I need another synth users opinions on how I can route gestures to ADSR envelopes as well a adding a slight detune/phatness in correlation to note freq. Meaning, as my hand moves up the notes get louder and open the Filter Res/Freq, as well as add dynamics with the velocity.
I am using PureData at the moment, but this can be answered with any DAW anyone has ever used.
 

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Re: Any other Synth Heads?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014, 06:13:49 PM »
So to help me understand your project, you're looking to build a synth that operates in a similar way to a theremin?
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Re: Any other Synth Heads?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 07:30:56 PM »
Not really a Theremin at all.
My goal is to create a completely digital instrument where the sound is shaped by not by what is played, but how its played. This is something that cannot be done with MIDI.
So currently, I have values being generated by sensors from an Arduino that is being fed into a rPi. The data is then being fed into a PureData(http://puredata.info/) patch.
I am starting with very simple code and data manipulation to build from.
Kind of like the simple premise of a taught string making a sound related to its length and method of oscillation creates a timbre that is unique, has grown into the complex acoustic instruments we all love.
I do not want the output to be limited by the synth patch. Nor do i want to predefine a single set of parameters to shape the sound as this will come later.
I need to abstract the creative process of musical composition (tonal harmonic theory) into an Event Driven Program, then decide what aspects of the sound I wish to relate to human interactions, then choose what aspect of the composition is being manipulated and created at what time, in context of a drum, bass, synth, lead, stab kind of syntax.
As in, when the instrument starts it is accompanied by all the instruments needed to create a "full song", and will run by itself in a evolving loop that changes based on cues from the user input. The notes will have a set of constraints and boundaries as well as force rhythms, Like an arpeggiator would.
This would be a robust system, and is easily achievable compared to other amazing feats performed by computers, and i wish to apply this to the archaic  MIDI interface that has not been changed for the last 40+ years!


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Re: Any other Synth Heads?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 07:45:05 PM »
This is the framework i plan to use to abstract the composition process. http://www.state-machine.com/arduino/