My last post covered the specifics of oscilloscopes and how to “read” waveforms to better understand their content. This piece goes a little deeper, discussing the intricacies of phase and its relationship to sound.
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Reading waveforms is considered one of the most cryptic of skills, but understanding the relationship between waveshape and timbre can be incredibly useful - whether you’re editing presets or perfecting your audio recordings.
This piece for Electronic Musician covers the details of oscilloscopes (specifically, MeldaProduction’s excellent MOscilloscope) and how to read waveforms for clues as to their sonic properties.
So many properties of sound and acoustic theory are relevant to the very nature of physics and “reality”. Yeah, a lot of that has been co-opted by certain modern flavors of mysticism - and that’s fine, generally speaking - but for everything from fluid dynamics to the Slinky, there are components that may also apply to synthesis and sound design.
This piece from Wired does a great job of connecting some dots in this area. It’s mathy, but stay with it, as it’s definitely something to ponder.