Gary E. Peek's music site - Software Synthesizer Waveforms


The following are graphic files of waveforms from the EDI/Roland VSC software synthesizer included with Cakewalk Music Creator Pro, included to help understand the relationship between the sounds of digitally sampled natural instruments and "synthesizer" sounds.

The note used for all waveforms was "C5", which is not in the characteristic range of all instruments, but was a compromise. Some of the instruments included a slight tremelo or vibrato which can be seen as a change in amplitude and/or frequency. The overall amplitude difference between instruments is coincidental.

The waveforms viewed like this do not tell the whole story about some of these sounds, because some of them get their sound from their attack and decay characteristics.

Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Flute
Clarinet
Oboe
Bassoon
Trumpet
French Horn
Piano 1 (Acoustic Grand)
E. Piano 1 (Fender Rhodes)
Violin
Cello
ContraBass
Analog Brass 1
Analog Brass 2
Synth Brass 4
Sine Wave
Square
Square Wave
Saw
Polysynth
Itopia
Fretless Bass (guitar)
Synth Bass 2


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