[sdiy] ADSR Trigger/Retrigger behaviour

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Sun Jun 29 17:55:36 CEST 2014


I like ADSRs because they make synthesizers sound like synthesizers.  I
don't want my synthesizer to sound like other instruments.  I want it to
sound like a synthesizer.  It's a unique and lovely class of instruments
unto itself.

> > >The standard ADSRs became popular only because they are 
> > >simple and 
> > >cheap
> >
> >They are also a *very* good simple amplitude envelope model for 
> >simulating "all" acoustic instruments played by a synth keyboard, 
> >something that was central in the '60s and '70s. :-)
> >
> >/mr
> 
> Well, of course that was the excuse back then.  But you can 
> do a lot better by using separate sounds for the attack and 
> steady-state phases, IMO.  I've never had a standard ADSR in 
> my system, although I can easily mix an AD with an AR to get 
> the same effect.
> 
> Ian 




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