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Programming Sound with Pure Data by Tony Hillerson

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Loading Sound Files

Now that we’ve seen how to export sound from Pd, let’s look at loading sound from external files. Again, although Pd is primarily a sound-generation tool, there are plenty of occasions where it’s useful to load external sound from files as a starting point to synthesis. Sometimes it’s better to use a recorded sound that captures a sound with high fidelity than to try to re-create a sound with some other type of synthesis. In fact, a few forms of synthesis are built on loading and processing sounds from memory or from external files. These external files or sounds are called samples. It’s perhaps unfortunate that the word sample is overloaded and ambiguously refers to both recorded sound files and a specific value captured ...

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