[PD] Does Pd have a "sound"?
brbrofsvl at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 05:45:11 CET 2016
If there is difference between the sound of [triangle~] and VarSaw, it
might actually be in the way phase is generated. The algorithms themselves
are pretty much the same, but while VarSaw makes its own single-precision
phase by simply subtracting 1 when an increment takes it past 1.0 (using a
conditional on each sample), [triangle~] is a waveshaper that is fed phase.
Pd's phasor is a little idiosyncratic, using a kind of bit-hacking to
unwrap phase (the Höldrich method), which is supposed to perform a bit
faster than a conditional, and it's inside not just [phasor~] but all the
oscillator objects. If I remember correctly it can be prone to phase drift
over time, but don't quote me on that.
On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Alexandre Torres Porres <porres at gmail.com>
> I still believe differences between Pd and SC depend on other technical
> details than the ones presented, because similar objects like triangle~ and
> VarSaw will just sound quite differently, hence it may rely on subtleties
> inside the objects themselves. And I'm not talking about the "cultural" use
> which is something I believe makes quite a difference even in the Pd x Max
> world (when they both sound quite similar).
> 2016-02-15 13:54 GMT-02:00 Andy Farnell <padawan12 at obiwannabe.co.uk>:
>> Good list of technical peculiarities Claude. For me, the "sound" is those
>> quirks combined with how Chris describes a "cultural" or "contextual" use.
>> I used to be great at knowing the sound of software or hardware sources
>> and could spot Reaktor, or a Roland analogue in moments. But emulations
>> got better and my ears got older, and maybe I began to care less about
>> implementation and more about artistic intent. As Chris says,
>> different tools tend to make you think and work in certain patterns,
>> and I think it is this more than anything that constitutes a "sound".
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