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Programming Sound with Pure Data by Tony Hillerson

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Finding Your Way Around

We’ll start with a new Pd file and discover a few things about editing. Open Pd, and you should see an image like Figure 1, Editing a PD File.

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Figure 1. Editing a PD File

In the top left are some meters to show input or output volume, in the top right is a check box marked DSP, and the rest of the window is taken up by a console with log messages. Notice that the DSP check box in the top right is unchecked. Leave it unchecked for now.

DSP stands for digital signal processing. This control toggles whether Pd processes and outputs sound to the operating system and on to your computer speakers. Always be thinking about what ...

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