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Is there any cool software that allows you to literally draw the waveform for music (specifically a longer tone ex: >10 secs)
 
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-I want to draw sort of a the "rough" waveform, and have it filled in by a computer synthesizer; I know the extreme complexity of sound. I also have many audio editing programs, and I know of FL Studio and all of that. I want to have a sound that if looking at the waveform, you see the shape drawn. I don't want to draw all of the individual peaks and valleys. Looping an individual drawn minuscule waveform is simple with a wavetable synthesizer application. I'm saying that if i draw something like "^", the computer will fill that in with that synthesizer's pattern without the "steps" (_-_) that are created with instruments.

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DIY EmilioBest Answer (author)2011-01-03

Okay, I found something sort of like what I wanted. It doesn't quite do everything, but it is still pretty cool. Anyone who wants to see it can go to this website. The software is called HighC and is a free basic version download. You can't always see an image in the waveform, but it's still there. The software really makes some cool sounds. Hope this helps for anyone with my problem finding this.

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jrus (author)2012-04-17

I don't know if most people here are understanding the question. Drawing the waveform means DRAWING THE WAVEFORM not the amplitude of it or the pitches it represents. >10 seconds is pretty impractical but drawing a single cycle of a waveform is a completely reasonable. You can do this in audacity. The only problem with doing it there is that you have to zoom in VERY far to have the drawing function be available. This might make for some pretty lofi waveforms unless you work with a larger file and zoom in and out chunk by chunk drawing each portion of the lager file. I wish there was a better solution. Anyone know of one??

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AndyGadget (author)2010-12-26

I think what you're after is a software synthesizer, which lets you define an ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) envelope and then fill it with a waveform (sine, triangular, square, etc) to produce a waveform which would give you a specific sound. There's a list of many HERE - I had a play with one or two of these a while ago but can't remember which I found best.
Some of these will interface to a midi controller so you can play the sounds you've made on a proper keyboard etc, rather than the PC keyboard.

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DIY Emilio (author)AndyGadget2010-12-27

Yeah I have several applications like this: LMMS, Darkwave, and FL Studio, but, as I later said, I don't want the waveform's rough shape to appear as _-_ for a tone but something more like -^- if I draw it. I do wish I had a midi keyboard though. Thanks for your links, I do like new softwares to try. Maybe I can find a midi theremin or something.

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AndyGadget (author)DIY Emilio2010-12-28

Still not quite sure what you're looking for, but THIS open-source software appears to have a multitude of ways of synthesising sounds, including, it appears, drawing the waveshape by means of sliders - Look at the 3rd picture. Might be worth a try.

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DIY Emilio (author)AndyGadget2011-01-03

Let me check this out, but I'm looking for a software sort of like a midi creation one (maybe a vst) that acts as a virtual theremin-like instrument, except you have the ability to plot out the entire tune instead of in realtime. I saw something like it before, but have no idea what to call it.

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lemonie (author)2010-12-26

How much drawing do you want to do?
1 second of one note would require a lot of drawing, but if you just wanted one cycle of a waveform to be repeated I'm sure there are things that would suit.

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DIY Emilio (author)lemonie2010-12-27

I want to draw sort of a the "rough" waveform, and have it filled in by a computer synthesizer; I know the extreme complexity of sound. I also have many audio editing programs, and I know of FL Studio and all of that. I want to have a sound that if looking at the waveform, you see the shape drawn. I don't want to draw all of the individual peaks and valleys. Looping an individual drawn minuscule waveform is simple with a wavetable synthesizer application. I'm saying that if i draw something like "^", the computer will fill that in with that synthesizer's pattern without the steps that are created with instruments.

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lemonie (author)DIY Emilio2010-12-28


Hmmm, not choosing, not drawing - intelligent recognition / formulae-fitting?
Maybe look at math's software for plot-analysis, that will produce equations, but you'd end up writing software if it were to work.

L

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Re-design (author)lemonie2010-12-26

Download Audacity. It's free. It won't let you draw anything but it will show you just how complicated a tone is.

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lemonie (author)Re-design2010-12-26


(I already did) With you there.

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steveastrouk (author)Re-design2010-12-26

Yes, Audacity will show you how audacious your idea is.

Steve

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