Malström Sound Programming
Sounds (3) 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 the zero point results in the phase-cancelling of the
wave altogether, rendering it nearly inaudible.belowMalström Overview | Malström Tutorial Home |