[sdiy] Filter slopes

Guy McCusker guy.mccusker at gmail.com
Mon Jun 11 18:01:15 CEST 2018

The mention of Luce was enough to remind me about the Electronotes
article. It's in EN72 and refers to Luce's work directly.

Bernie suggests that what is needed to create the effects that Luce
identifies is a filter with fixed corner frequency but variable slope
because the spectral content changes between the louder and softer

There's some additional discussion in one of the articles Bernie has
made available for free: http://electronotes.netfirms.com/EN224.pdf

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Elain Klopke <functionofform at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I believe these plots are of the overall instrument response, not of
>> individual notes, correct?  You didn't give us any details, but that's what
>> they usually are.  More or less the formant response.  So probably a fixed
>> frequency filter is what you would be wanting, not a VCF.  Could you give us
>> more details, like perhaps the figure caption?
> This is correct. The article is "Dynamic Changes of  Orchestral Instruments"
> by David A. Luce from the AES E-Library (obtained legally). It talks about
> the timbre or tone quality of the overall instrument in a simplified manner.
> So yes, fixed filters are preferred.
> Rutger mentioned spectral tilting of parallel filters and that got me
> thinking about the tone control from the Big Muff Pi. I fired up the Tone
> Stack Calculator and played around with the values and it "seems" like I can
> get the responses that I'm looking for.
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