Modular Diary – 032

It’s interesting how one can keep circling around a topic, slowly covering all it’s aspects and letting them sink in.

I’ve been taking a look at frequency modulation again – specifically the difference between phase and frequency modulation that I touched on in a previous post. Phase modulation (as used in the Yamaha DX synthesizers) has the same (linear) effect as linear frequency modulation, but while mathematically equivalent, the two sound very different. I came across a thread in the Audulus forum that I’d somehow overlooked before, in which Robert Syrett provides an example patch that helps clarify the differences.

Here’s my own slightly altered version of his patch that I’ve been playing around with. I haven’t quite managed to match the nice phase gif from the Wikipedia phase modulation article, but that can be explored further on another day.

Modular Diary – 032: I've been taking a look at frequency modulation again – specifically the difference between… rdgr.me/u/bcydd9

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Rudiger Meyer is a composer interested in the play between traditional concert music and new media.


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