36. Editing Harmonics

edit Harmonic window

Figure 36.1
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Figure 36.1 shows a Harmonic record, composed of multiple harmonic factors, being edited. This is actually the Harmonic record piano2 we saw earlier, shown here in more detail.

While it is possible to manually enter harmonic factors corresponding to relative amplitudes in the table, this can be a tedious task, especially where there are a lot of harmonic factors (Kangas Sound Editor has a limit of 1024 on the number of harmonic factors). For this reason, a Fill group of user interface controls has been developed that allows a reasonable selection of ways to populate the factors in the table: the ubiquitous graphs can be used, a specific range of indices can be targeted, and it is possible to fill with just a constant value (if Fill mode is set to From fill value). An explanation of the various fill modes follows:

Notice there is also a facility for random generation of values. This can be combined with Multi-save, which has nothing to do with offers at your local supermarket! It means you can save a specified number of Harmonic records with different random numbers applied to each. The Harmonic paul_RND_3 we have been using was randomly generated; the suffix RND was used in constructing its name. Using this (Multi-save) mechanism you can generate new instruments at quite a speed, although they may not necessarily all sound very different from each other.