Supersaw

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by Jason Riggs (jnriggs at stanford dot edu)

Contents

Overview

This instrument uses slork's fret-based mapping to trigger notes. It has been modified to allow polyphony. It has been tested only on a Macbook Pro.

How to Play

Pressing alphabetical keys triggers notes. Releasing them releases notes.

Moving the trackpad along the x-axis performs a filter sweep with a moderately high resonance.

Moving the trackpad along the y-axis detunes the sound's multiple oscillators from one another.

Pressing any of the digit keys 0-9 selects a different amplitude envelope. These envelope settings are arranged logically so that towards digit 1, sounds are more percussive, while towards digits 9 (and 0), sounds are pad-like.

Note that you may use a mouse rather than the trackpad to give the instrument a different feel. However, using the trackpad presents a nice advantage in that while your fingers are tied up holding many notes, you can still use your thumb to control the trackpad at the same time.

Files

Here is the chuck file:

supersaw.ck

Related Links

A modified version of this instrument is used in the Permutations project: Permutations

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