Sound synthesis with multiple parameters...

    May 23 2006 | 10:18 pm
    Hello forum users,
    I'm trying to demonstrate some of the MSP features within the Cycling 74 product to a friend of mine. I'm hoping to find a patch that displays sound synthesis and multiple parameters for control over the synth.
    I have browsed through the demo patches available, from the general ones to internet posted patches. I can't find a single patch for a synth that has more than 10 controllable features.
    Does anyone know of such a patch that is available to view and learn from? Most of the synths I can find have only controls for frequency and modulation but little else!

    • May 23 2006 | 10:45 pm
      How about showing your friend how easy it is to modify one of those patches right before his eyes.
      v a d e //
    • May 24 2006 | 4:31 am
      short answer check out percolates gen10 or gen9. it'll do additive stuff, you can control all the harmonics. as many as you want. -matt
    • May 24 2006 | 3:44 pm
      If you're looking for something readymade, check out Jitter Recipe 35: Paramination in Jitter Recipe Book 3 in the In-Depth section of the website. The synth-module in that patch requires 10 parameters (all in the range 0.-1.). If you need more than 10, throw a comb-filter or something in there.
      Happy Patching! Andrew B.
    • May 24 2006 | 9:56 pm
      Thanks for the suggestion Andrew
      I've downloaded paramination but it appears that I can not open the .zip folder it is contained within. Do you have any suggestions here? I've tried everything to unzip the download but nothing seems to do it!
    • May 24 2006 | 10:34 pm
      Hi Max, It's just a standard .zip file. If it won't unzip using stuffit or the OS, you may have a corrupted download. Maybe try using a different browser...
      Andrew B.
      Here's the patch:
    • May 25 2006 | 12:28 am
      Hello Andrew,
      I see now that you're the author! May I just ask of your thinking behind this patch and how each of the components work and work together? I don't believe that I will incorporate the jitter elements of this patch into the demo for my friend, just the MSP components.
      I see the synth module section at the end. What are the parameters for each of these inputs? Would it be possible to simply copy this last section and incorporate it into a patch that aleady has controllers creating 10 parameter numbers (10 sections of this synth object).
    • May 25 2006 | 12:47 am
      Andrew, just one more thing! I've copied and pasted this last section of your patch into mine and on some of the parameters the sound just cuts out. With the others it appears to not make much of a difference to the sound. I'm sure i'm doing something wrong!
      Look forward to your reply...
    • May 25 2006 | 1:07 am
      Hi Max, Based on your recent posts, it sounds like it is time for you to read the tutorials. The synthesis module in this patch is a pretty straightforward example of FM synthesis with a filter and some delay modulation. There is nothing particularly tricky about it. If you want to learn more about building synthesizers, I highly recommend the MaxMSP tutorials at
      Happy Patching! Andrew B.