A Synth Primer

In addition to this manual detailing Sine Machine’s engine and UI, it’s worth taking a bit of a shallow dip into the words of acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound and synthesis.

Most synths rely on implicit shared jargon used in synths historically. Any new synth will have a lot of familiar mental models and maybe a few novel ones.

Going through these mental models provides us with two benefits:

  • New learners get a bit of extra help and context
  • Experienced players can gain some insight into why certain decisions were made or why certain constraints are in place