[sdiy] Waveform mixing - normalization?

Mattias Rickardsson mr at analogue.org
Sun May 1 08:23:52 CEST 2016

I've never seen any normalization either.

Can't make up my mind about free oscillator levels & mixing, it seems like
the advantage is often lost. In a way I'd prefer normalization and a filter
overdrive control at a later stage.

To be honest I've never really missed waveform mixing in a
one-waveform-selection-synth either. It feels like a relic from the dawn of
synthesis, an additive timbre shaping method that is rarely very useful or
interesting compared to waveform modulation, audio-rate modulation and
subtractive shaping. Do you guys like and use waveform mixing?

Den 26 apr. 2016 2:30 em skrev "Tom Wiltshire" <tom at electricdruid.net>:

> Depends on the synth. I've never seen any analog hardware that implements
> compression at the mixing stage, but there are various schools of thought
> as regards "correct" levels. Some assume that you never want distortion in
> the signal path and are designed for sufficient headroom with all sources
> maxed. Others have decided that a bit of "drive" is a positive, and allow
> you to set the signal level high enough to push following filter stages
> into distortion. Op-amp distortion in the mixer is generally avoided at all
> costs (at least, I've never seen/heard an example).
> HTH,
> Tom
> On 26 Apr 2016, at 01:38, neil harper <metadata at gmx.com> wrote:
> > Hey everyone,
> >
> > I have a question about synths that allow various waveforms to be mixed
> together (like the minibrute), instead of a single waveform being chosen
> (like the minimoog) for each oscillator.
> >
> > Do any implement any normalization/compression to keep the resultant
> waveform at a consistent level?
> >
> > I checked the minibrute schematic and do not see this, it just goes into
> a simple op-amp mixer.
> >
> > Do any synths implement normalization/compression, or is the purpose to
> allow the user to overload the subsequent stages by maxing out all the
> waveforms in the mixer?
> >
> >
> > --
> > //neil harper
> > every wave is new until it breaks
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