ARTURIA – ARP2600– USER’S MANUAL 75
7 A FEW ELEMENTS OF SOUND DESIGN
Here is a series of five examples designed to guide you through the creation of a sound
and a sequence. They are classed in order of difficulty and organized into two parts:
The first part will give you an introduction to sound synthesis. For this you
will start with the most simple patch (make a VCO oscillator “ring” in a VCA amp
going through the filter) and finish by programming of a richer sound (several sources
of VCO, VCF filter, VCA, envelopes…)
The second will take you through every aspect of the sequencer
7.1 Simple patch without cabling
To begin, we will look at programming an elementary monophonic sound. It will be
composed of four modules:
two oscillators (VCO1 and 2)
a low-pass filter (VCF)
an amplifier (VCA)
the ADSR envelope connected to the filter
You will thus obtain a basic patch for subtractive synthesis.
Figure 1 shows the different potentiometer positions:
To begin, choose the preset “Temp/ Blank” in the “Template” / “Temp_Synth” bank. You
will notice that no sound is heard when you play a note. Don’t worry, this is normal! Only
the volume of the VCA amplifier mixer (the VCF filter output) and the ADSR envelope
input of the VCA are open.
On the filter module, raise the vertical “VCO1” potentiometer. This is the volume of
the first oscillator. When you hold down a note, the sound seems continuous and flat!