[sdiy] Dealing with velocity sensitivity / scaling on envelopes

Joel B onephatcat at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 4 13:44:00 CEST 2017

Wouldn't you just give each timbre its own fixed voice allocation and only steal within that timbre? The old Kawai k5, Casio CZ, Cheetah MS6 work like that although the K5 has a VR mode where it will share voices between timbres, usually if I recall correctly the timbre changes and the envelope continues on as it was rather than re-trigger. The stealing effect is its own unique and rather cool sound imo. 


> On Sep 1, 2017, at 9:43 AM, Mattias Rickardsson <mr at analogue.org> wrote:
>> On 1 September 2017 at 15:13, Oakley Sound <oakleysound at btinternet.com> wrote:
>>> RTZ ADSRs have their place....
>> In the bin. :-)
> Not if you're designing polyphonic multitimbral voice-stealing
> analogue synths! ;-)
> This is a very tricky situation, and although I agree that the
> envelope should model a capacitor charging/discharging - and that the
> velocity factor should generally act as a multiplier on the resulting
> envelope rather than changing the envelope internally - and that the
> nasty clicks potentially introduced by RTZ can be hopelessly
> problematic, I clearly see the need of RTZ if there is a risk that the
> synth voice is doing something unknown and irrelevant before the note
> that is to be played. Starting the envelope from random values will
> ruin the sound to some extent, and this is what can happen if the
> voice is used for different timbres and/or sent to different outputs
> on consecutive notes.
> Depending on your application, Tom, you might or might not need RTZ,
> but even without RTZ the velocity scaling could give you nasty
> clicks... so it's not easy! I'm even thinking that a zero-crossing
> detector would be useful in order to minimize those clicks when
> changing velocity, but that's perhaps the topic of another luxury
> discussion. :-)
> /mr
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