Tempo-relative timing for MSP LFO control

The MSP phasor~ object is frequently used as a low-frequency control signal for audio. Because it is often used to control other signals over a specific period of time, phasor~ can use tempo-relative timing, too. The frequency (rate) of a phasor~ is normally specified in Hertz, but you can alternatively give phasor~ a time interval, using tempo-relative time units, and it will use the inverse of that to determine its frequency.

A demonstration of phase distortion synthesis

Phase distortion is a synthesis technique that was used in some Casio synthesizers in the 1980s. In traditional wavetable synthesis, a linear upward ramp signal is used as a phase index to read cyclically through a wavetable containing a particular waveform (a sine wave being the most common). In MSP you can do that by connecting the output of a phasor~ object, which generates a cyclic upward ramp from 0 to 1, to the right (phase offset) inlet of a 0 Hz cycle~ object (containing one cycle of a cosine waveform by default).

Phase distortion synthesis in a poly~ subpatch

This shows an implementation of phase distortion synthesis in MSP—using the phasor~, kink~, and cycle~ objects—in a patch that is designed to be used inside the poly~ object. For an explanation of this sort of phase distortion synthesis, see “A demonstration of phase distortion synthesis.” The main point of this example, though, is to show how a synthesis patch can be designed to respond directly to MIDI input.