Synths and Programming
This week was probably the most tech-y and intense as it incorporated the discussion of sound waves, physics, oscillation, and coding. We went through the basics of synthesizers and played in Soundtrap with each of the 4 main types. We also then used a program called Sonic Pi to code a series of notes. It works by typing each command the synth will play, eg. Play: C4 (middle C for 1 beat), Sleep 1 (Rest for 1 beat). This program seemed fun, but if I was having the difficulties figuring it out I would hate to think how a class of 14 year-olds would handle it… It was not as easily accessible as SoundTrap is.
Four main synth types
Synth controls (ADSR)
Attack – The time it takes for the note to reach its maximum volume from the start
Decay – What happens to the note immediately after it is played
Sustain – How the note is held over time
Release – The time it takes for the note to reach its minimum volume