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summary to my post concerning a program for doing sound synthesis

Dear Listers:

With respect to my post on the list yesterday regarding a
public domain and/or shareware program for doing sound synthesis, I would
like to thank all the replies. I include a summary of the replies below.

From: Leon Deouell <deouell@socrates.berkeley.edu>

CoolEdit 2000 is a great program. You can download a demo version that will
allow you to select a subset of functions each time you start, and the
price of geting full fuctionality is worth it in my opinion.

go to http://www.syntrillium.com/cooledit/index.html


From: mup1dm <mup1dm@surrey.ac.uk>
The following is a cut&paste from various web sites that I prepared for a
colleague wanting to do signal-processing of sound-files:

Pd is "a tool set for audio, consisting of objects that synthesize,
process, analyze, delay, and generally mess around with audio signals in
"Pd is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio and
graphical processing. It resembles the Max/MSP system but is much simpler
and more portable; also Pd has two features not (yet) showing up in
Max/MSP: first, via Mark Dank's GEM package, Pd can be used for
simultaneous computer animation and computer audio. Second, an
experimental facility is provided for defining and accessing data

"Pd is compiled under NT, but sort of works under windows 95/98 as well.
Pd will appear as a "zip" file. Unzip this, creating a directory such as
\pd. (You can put it wherever you like but the path should have no spaces
in it; so "Program Files" would be a bad place.) "


From: "Riccardo Coen" <Riccardo.Coen@wfp.org>

** buzz:

** csound:

** big resource:


From: "daniel salomons" <d_salomons@hotmail.com>

I would like to recommend 'praat' to consider. Look at www.praat.org


From: masta@umich.edu

My Daqarta shareware package may fit your requirements.  It runs
only in real-mode DOS, however.  You can create a shortcut to launch
it from Win9x, but for NT or 2000 you would need a dual-boot setup.
Also, it uses its own custom drivers, and the only sound cards that
it supports at present are the ISA-bus Sound Blasters.  (Also supports
a whole bunch of lab-type boards.)

The existing version (1.18) only does tone bursts and continuous tones.
The next version (2.00) is coming out in a few weeks.  It will create
all sorts of waveforms, including Arbs, plus various sorts of random
noise (Uniform white, Gaussian, Pink, and Band or Gap).  It can do
AM, FM, frequency sweeps, and phase modulation (or PWM or even
slope modulation on Ramp waves).  It supports 4 component sounds per
DAC channel, and you can use one component to modulate another.
For example, you can use a random noise to modulate the amplitude
of another tone, etc.  All of these can be continuously created for
"infinite" duration sounds... no splices, no noise patterns, etc.

All of the above is via the STIM3A module for Daqarta.  The main Daqarta
program itself does waveform display and averaging, FFT spectral analysis,
spectrograms, and much more, all in real-time.

I'll let you know when the new version is ready.