polyphony varies amplitude


    Jan 15 2006 | 3:03 am
    I am working on a polyphonic synthesizer and I am wondering if there is
    a generally accepted way (method and degree) for automatically
    lessening the output volume as the number of sounding voices increases
    in order to avoid distortion.
    Thank you, community, for your help; and thank you, Cycling '74, for
    the new web site and forms.
    -ian

    • Jan 17 2006 | 1:11 am
      If I understand what you're proposing, the voice number output by poly
      does not necessarily = the number of voices. However, I have worked up
      a patch that does indeed divide the the amplitude by the number of
      voices (derived from the busymap thru iter which may be a round about
      way for all I know)).
      This curve 1 1/2 1/3 1/4 . . . sounds too drastic to me though. Before
      I get into experimenting with different curves, I thought that I would
      see if there was a standard that I could Simply adhere too.
      I will try out normalize~, it hadn't occurred to me.
      thank you,
      -ian
    • Jan 17 2006 | 9:18 am
      Try sqrt(1), sqrt(1/2), sqrt(1/3)...
      On around Jan 17, 2006, at 2:11, walbers said something like:
      > This curve 1 1/2 1/3 1/4 . . . sounds too drastic to me though. Before
      > I get into experimenting with different curves, I thought that I would
      > see if there was a standard that I could Simply adhere too.
      >
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    • Jan 17 2006 | 10:58 am
      that's a better andwer, but tim place's [tap.elixir~] is very nice.
    • Jan 28 2006 | 12:27 am
      i have worked up a method that iterates and counts a busymap from
      poly~. i am happy with the sqrt(1) sqrt(1/2) curve but since it's not
      at audio rate, it is not near as smooth as tap.elixir~. i haven't been
      able to think of another method of determining the # of voices sounding
      in a polly~. i still haven't tried normalize~, which may be my best
      bet.
      -ian