Friday, November 21, 2014

Common Synthesizer Envelope Types

The term "infographic" seems like such a marketing buzzword it makes me want to ignore whomever says it. But I'm all for the presentation of information in a logical and clear manner. As I was pondering on how to increase interest in my audio plugins I thought about my ADBSSR envelopes that I love in the cellular automaton synth. I wanted some way to present quickly both how to use them and why they offer advantage over traditional ADSR envelope generators.They do add complexity but there's really no way to add a swell as we horn players do all the time to a patch without it. It even can look exactly like an ADHR when the Breakpoint is set to 1. Anyway I thought a diagram with explanatory text would do the trick. So I made one:

Figure 1: Not an infographic
This isn't an infographic though. I don't really know why I think that word is so stupid. Probably just because I tend to hate on anything trendy and hyped. Anyhow. Now you know how I feel. This image is in the public domain though I would appreciate citation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


One of my mission companions would say that a lot. He threatened (jokingly) to fix people. He was Tongan and barely spoke English or Filipino but we had fun and got some good work done.

Regardless of that, my Presonus Firebox had been making a strange whining sound for a while. I started a session a few weeks ago to finally begin a new song but (as usual) didn't get very far before fatherly duty called and the session sat for at least 2 weeks or so. This happens as regularly as I record which is roughly every few weeks. I eventually passed through the studio to grab something out of our food storage in the next room and realized that the firebox was completely dark. "Strange," I thought so I went and tried to restart JACK. The firebox wheezed and whined and eventually the blue LED slowly lit up. "Not good," I thought (I usually think very tersely), but I had to get that food upstairs and get dinner on for the kids.