[sdiy] favorite adsr?

Dave Kendall davekendall at ntlworld.com
Fri May 29 15:45:17 CEST 2009

If expression is your thing, I'd recommend a VC ADSR. There is a nice 
trick you can pull with a velocity CV patched to the ATTACK CV, and set 
up so that with increasing velocity, the attack time gets shorter, as 
well as louder/brighter. Adds some real life into a lead patch. Works 
extremely well on polysynth pads too. There is a factory patch on the 
Korg MS2000 which uses a triangle or sine wave LFO to modulate the 
DECAY/RELEASE times, in conjunction with an arpeggiator. Sounds nice, 
and adds a lot of evolving interest to the arpeggio.

For bread-and-butter envelope shaping, a regular ADSR is fine, but I 
always like the option of being able to control envelope times 
dynamically for when a bit of extra life is needed, or for changing the 
feel and tightness of a patch, by altering the main VCA decay/release 
times where needed during the song (without having to remember to 
twiddle knobs at exactly the right moment).

(my £0.02)  :-)


On May 29, 2009, at 13:27, Dan Snazelle wrote:

> thanks guys
> as i said...this was just something I had heard and I was never sure 
> about the validity of the claim.
> so i guess i should just change my question. What are peoples favorite 
> ADSR's to build?
> (cmos or not)
> thanks

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