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Now let's re-initialize the Malström with the "Init Patch" and get comfortable another one of Malström's timbre mutators: the shift knob (it's the blue knob right below the motion knob.

The shift has the effect of emphasizing the harmonic components of an oscillator's timbre. In terms of what this sounds like, the shift knob can make the oscillator sound like a taut rubber band (by turning the knob to the right) or a loose one (turning it to the left).

Try it out with the Sine patch and you'll see what I mean: as you hold down a note and increase the shift knob from the zero (center) point, you'll hear the timbre shift through the harmonic components of the sine wave in a very Pythagorean fashion - first an octave above the root tone, then a fifth above that, then the 2nd octave from the root, then a third, a fifth, a seventh and finally the 3rd octave above the root with the knob maxed out. The pure nature of a sine wave makes each of these pitches easy to discern. Interestingly enough, it is also because of the purity of the sine wave that any attempt to muck with the harmonic components of the sine wave by moving the shift knob below the zero point results in the phase-cancelling of the wave altogether, rendering it nearly inaudible.

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