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Deverloper Rob Fielding demonstrates his implementation of Pythagorean Tuning on his Pythagoras synthesizer, now in development for the iPad.
Pythagorean tuning is based on the idea of going around the circle of fifths, tuning intervals in perfect fifths. While this creates pleasing fifths, things get interesting as you go all the way around the circle of perfect fifths and octaves aren’t in tune. This has traditionally been accommodated by including one interval, the “wolf interval” that is left out of tune.
Here’s what Fielding has to say about Pythagorean Tuning in Pythagoras:
When I first drew out the just circle of fifths, I noticed that this was extremely close to a 53 equal note per octave tuning. This allows the strings to be tuned in exact Just fourths to each other and have the tuning be close (to the pixel) with the harmonic series.
The point of tuning systems is to closely match harmonic series, of which Pythagorean tunings (circle of Just 5ths) is the simplest and most ancient. This allows you to play fretlessly without a lot of inharmonic slop, because the fret width is about the same size as the inaccuracy of the touch itself. In Mugician, fretlessness was to the pixel which has inaccuracies of its own. In Pythagoras, the tuning is sub-pixel so that each spot is some reasonable ratio with fifths and octaves as prime factors (ie: 2^n * 3^m).
Using the iPad as a multi-touch software instrument allows for dynamic pitch assignment, which introduces both dynamic scale and dynamic tuning possibilities, not possible on traditional instruments.
This is a preview of the new X/Y Pad in touchAble 1.2, an upcoming release of the iPad Ableton Live control surface.
touchAble is an iPad app designed to give Ableton Live users full control over their digital audio workstation, without the process of manual midi-mapping.
TouchAble XY Pad is a new 6th module, included in touchAble 1.2 update among many new features and improvements. Others modules are Clips grid, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, and a transport and clip dedicated sections.
If you’re not familiar with touchAble, here’s an overview of using it with Ableton Live:
I’m always looking to do things a little differently. It occurred to me that with a midi/parameter LFO I could automatically and rhythmically change the waveform parameter for each of operator’s operators
This video takes a look at additive synthesis in Native Instruments’ Reaktor:
Native Instruments have just launched their latest Reaktor Synth, called Razor, and it is causing quite a stir in the sound design and production communities.
So what makes this synth so exciting? Well it is down to a process called additive synthesis.
Put in the plainest terms possible, additive synthesis is the summation of simple tones to create more complex ones. The sound is constructed from partials (or frequency components) firing in parallel, changing amplitude and even frequency over time.
Additive synthesis is a very powerful sound design tool because the many micro-variations in the frequency and amplitude of individual partials mirrors those that makes natural sounds so rich and lively, and the resulting sound remains clear and precise at all times, even when heavily modulated.