Learn by Example: Wavetable Synthesis

Wavetable synthesis has a rich cultural heritage in music production. A technique developed by Wolfgang Palm of PPG in the late 1970s, it represents one of the earliest uses of digital oscillators within synthesis. Wavetable is now a staple of the modern synthesis vocabulary across multiple musical styles, and can be used as a complement to other techniques.    

This workshop will present an overview of the history and mechanics behind wavetable synthesis, and demonstrate how to apply it to your music. Suitable for newcomers and advanced music-makers alike, the session will analyze the technique’s strengths and uses. We’ll then create an arbitrary wavetable for use in a custom instrument, using a toolkit of custom Max for Live devices.

No previous knowledge of wavetable synthesis is necessary to take part in this workshop.