Exploration of Audio Synthesizers

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2018-01-01
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Lindquist, Timothy
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Gary Tuttle
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In this creative component, I explore how synthesizers originated as well as the various techniques available for complex signal generation. The primary synthesis techniques researched were Additive, Subtractive, Frequency Modulation, and Sample-Based Synthesis. After extensive background information was examined, a series of MATLAB scripts were created to verify the synthesis implementation and demonstrate understanding. Following this, I set out to design my own hybrid synthesizer using a combination of the various techniques learned. The synthesizer created is a polyphonic composition device capable of audio generation as well as audio manipulation. It demonstrates core principles from each of the researched techniques to enable endless possibilities for the user. In the following pages, I explain the development process underwent to create this device and the details behind the unique designs.

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