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WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Hi Guys, I just posted an article on my website detailing the Modeling section of the synth, with an emphasis on the Resonator settings. I've used a spectrum analyzer to see what is actually going on inside the section to determine how it works. I just…

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WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

javelin276

javelin276
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Hi Guys,
I just posted an article on my website detailing the Modeling section of the synth, with an emphasis on the Resonator settings.
I've used a spectrum analyzer to see what is actually going on inside the section to determine how it works.
I just thought you guys might find it interesting.

http://javelinart.com/wsa1r-dissected.html...

It might fit into the 'Intermediate' articles section in this forum, if you deem it interesting enough.

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Posted on August 3, 2018 at 6:37 PM
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jd5live

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Hi Javelin276, As you are aware my main field of expertise is in sound editing with the KN and organ ranges so the article (you shared the link) is most interesting and informative and unless I have missed it the reference to Drivers as comparable to the Tones that are thus named on KN keyboards although with a much simpler range of editing. As you can imagine with my work on general user questions for the complete range of instruments I don't get the time to really sit down and spent as much time on my WSA1 as I would like. So posts like yours really help to find my through the fog of type of synthesis, a lot different to the FM I did on Yamaha organs and DX ranges which I admit was some 40 years ago.
Regards John
P.S. I am old but sill willing ton learn !!smiling

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 2:04 AM

javelin276

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Hi John, Yes I agree, the Drivers are analogous to the Tones on the KN's. Haven't ever really used a KN7000 though, I've just read through the manual.

FM is an interesting topic, I wrote a programming guide last year for the Yamaha FM synths which is also on the website linked above. I have two, a 4-op DX11 and a 16-op FS1R. The FS1R is a real challenge, with all the capabilities of FMX in the new Montage's plus the Formant waveforms. The FS1R can model almost any sound there is if you use a spectrum analyzer and work at it hard enough. Fun stuff!

I'm older too, always experimenting and learning new things.
Regards, Thor

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 6:32 AM

bjoernfay

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Thanks for this article, very interesting. I have the WSA1 now for about 20 years, found it in a instrument shop by just test playing without even knowing anything about the internals. The two main reasons for buying it was finally the feeling of the keyboard and the sound. I never tried much in sound editing, just used the original settings and combined them, even did not change the effects.
Now I started playing in a new band (Grenzfriends) and wanted to see what this synthi really can do and which instruments I could mimic.
So I am looking for all kind of inputs: Examples, explanations, manuals, datasheets and so on. Of course I have the original manuals (in German), but it seems there are more out there and even some additional software and settings. I am looking forward to learn more this pretty piece of electronic. smiling

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 7:36 PM

javelin276

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

You're welcome! There is so little information to work from on this synth. Studying the KN7000 might help, from what jd5live has said.
I've been learning by experimenting and looking at the patches in the second bank. The designers did some interesting things in these patches.
I also use a spectrum analyzer on my computer to see what's going on.

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 5:51 PM

gornerj

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Thanks for this nice article, very interesting ! JG

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 4:22 PM

Jochen

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

That was so informative, interesting and useful. Thank you so much for putting in the work and bothering to post it here!

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM

javelin276

javelin276
United States

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

You're welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it gets pretty quiet around here at times since there are so few of us.

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:48 PM

admin

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

It really is a fascinating article and your suggestion to include it here is long overdue... I'm trying not to mention how busy I've been but with your permission I'll include it in the new site when it launches... and I hope we can stir up some noise in a good way on the new site. Members will be able to upload files to share, recordings, publish articles and many more features than this outdated system can cope with.

Thanks again for posting your link!

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 4:23 AM

javelin276

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Re: WSA1 Article - Spectrum Analysis of the Resonators

Sure, go right ahead. That was my intent.

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 3:57 PM