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Oscillator One

Tie

Pitch

Length

Volume

Cutoff

Resonance

Random

Waveform

Oscillator Two

Tie

Pitch

Length

Volume

Cutoff

Resonance

Random

Waveform

Oscillator Three

Tie

Pitch

Length

Volume

Cutoff

Resonance

Random

Waveform

Repeat
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  1. This is an oscillator. Synthy has three. Think of each as a separate voice in a three piece band. They all have the same abilities and potential but you can shape them in any way you want. You could for example make one play a bass line, another a white-noise-based rhythm and the third a melody.

  2. Synthy's sequencer is made up of rows. Each row holds information about one note (length, pitch etc). Each of the three oscillators has its own set of rows. All rows play from top to bottom and then loop round. The last note (could be silence) of each oscillator will hold until all the oscillators have finished their sequences so everything stays in sync. It makes more sense than this paragraph.

  3. To pick a note to play, first pick an oscillator and then start typing in a row. Let's start with pitch. You can write this in two ways, either a note name followed by an octave (A#3, Bb2 C5) or a simple frequency in Hz (443). Length of a note is set in milliseconds. 1000 milliseconds is one second. Volume is a number between 0 and 1 (try 0.5). The tie button makes the note bend into the next one rather than re-triggering.

  4. The waveform column is where you pick what type of sound wave you want to use. Sawtooths are spikey, sin waves are pure, noise is white noise which doesn't care about the pitch value you set because it's all frequencies. Experiment!

  5. Synthy has a low pass filter which discards frequencies above the cut off point you set and emphasises frequencies around that cut off point. The resonance value tells Synthy how much to boost the frequencies around the cut off point. A high resonance can also make another ghostly oscillator. Experimenting is the best lesson.

  6. Two values can go here if you want synthy to randomise a note's pitch and volume. Two numbers from 1-7. The higher the number, the more random the offset of the pitch or volume can get.

  7. When you want to listen to a pattern, hit play. Then tweak away at the rows until it sounds like you want it to sound. Each pattern has a unique URL that changes each time you change something. Just copy the value in your browser address bar to share it.

  8. One of the main features of Synthy is that it is a live, collaborative, instrument. If you like the sound of your pattern, hit the PUSH TO SYNTHY button when it appears and it will be saved to Synthy's memory and play out instantly to anyone who is listening on the Synthy Live page (link in header). Give your pattern a name if you want the world to see one.

  9. Song mode (also linked to in the header) will allow you to put patterns together (maybe you're considering a performance). Paste in pattern URLS to rows on the page, give each a colour if you want and trigger or play them through.

  10. Some tips:

    * Use the filter on noise to create nice drum sound.
    * Chain very small tied notes together to create swoops, slides and fades.
    * Ignore the sound synthy makes and just make something that looks good. Notes are mapped onto colours.
    * Visit the Synthy Player and select the view/meddle button to load a pattern you like into the editor to tweak it.
    * Use Synthy Live as a performance tool, pushing in patterns to the world at set times (dedicated rooms are coming soon for this very purpose).
    * Use the song mode to trigger patterns much like a sampler.
    * Tell Filip, Synthy's creator, how Synthy could be improved. FilipNest on GitHub and Twitter, filip@bluejumpers.com on email
    * Make beautiful art