Wavetable Synthesis 5

Wavetable synthesis is perhaps the most unique type of synthesis and is like a chameleon that can imitate other types of synthesis. It combines elements of sampling, vector synthesis, and subtractive synthesis, all in a system that can produce a range of sounds from subtle tones to otherworldly soundscapes. At the heart is a wavetable that has many individual waveforms, and the familiar sound of wavetable synthesis comes from playing them in order, front to back, back to front, or in any manner the available modulators can manage at a variety of speeds.

The concept of wavetable synthesis was created by Wolfgang Palm of PPG (Palm Products GmbH) in the years just before MIDI was invented: his original instruments, called ...

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