Distant Intelligence


This is a sporthling I made with the intention of being used inside of the Sporth editor in AudioKit. For this reason, the patch has four external controls, represented as the first 4 p-registers. They are as follows:

Table generation

First begin by generating a sequence called seq. These are the midi note numbers of the scale used.

 _seq '67 69 71 72 74 76' gen_vals

P-registers are being used by an external program, so we create an argument table called "args".

 _args 4 zeros

P-register 4 is not being used, so this is set to be the frequency of the C above middle C (midi note 72). This will be used as the base frequency for "gen\_padsynth".

 72 mtof 4 pset

This table generated contains the amplitudes for partials, need for padsynth.

 _amps '1.0 0.5 0.25 0.5' gen_vals

Finally, the padsynth wavetable is generated.

 _pad 262144 4 p 40 'amps' gen_padsynth


The clock of the patch is set with a dmetro, whose value is set by p-register 1. It is scaled to be 40 to 200 BPM, then multiplied by four to represent sixteenth notes. This value is converted to a duration before being sent to dmetro.

 1 p 40 200 scale 4 * bpm2dur dmetro

This steady dmetro clock is sent into a maytrig, where a trigger has a 60 percent chance of reaching the other side of the maytrig. It is duplicated and set to the first value of table args.

 0.6 maytrig dup 0 _args tset


This patch contains a single FM oscillator. The exponential envelope created has a 2ms attack, 4ms hold, and a 200ms release time. The trigger for it is from the maygated dmetro, currently on the stack. This pushes an envelope onto the stack. Remember this...

 0.002 0.004 0.2 tenvx

Now comes paramters for the FM oscillator itself, starting with frequency. p-register zero ultimately picks the frequency that the oscillator should play. It picks one of 4 values, which is sent to tget. The values are floored to truncate any fractional components.

 0 p 0 4 scale floor _seq tget

Some portamento is added to gliss between the selected notes.

 0.1 port

Now the midi note values get converted to frequencies...


We save this frequency to index 2 of the args table to be used later on.

 dup 2 _args tset 

The amplitude of the FM oscillator is 0.2 The carrier ratio is 1.

 0.2 1

Onto the modulator ratio now. The clock signal is taken from index 0 of the table args, and this feeds into trand, producing floating point values between 0 and 5. We then duplicate this value and truncate the fractional part with floor. We then use p-register 3 to crossfade between the values.

 0 _args tget 0 5 trand dup floor 3 p cf

An integer modulator value will create harmonic partials, while a fraction value will create a more clangorous sound. The crossfade controls the amount of "bite" it will have.

Finally, p-register 2 controls the modulation index, which essentially determines the brightness. The control signal is put through a portamento filter with a very long time, so only gradual changes are possible.

After this, the FM oscillator is multiplied with the exponetial envelope.

 2 p 0.5 port 0 3 scale
 fm *


There are two wavetable oscillators which utilize the Padsynth algorithm by Nasca Octavian Paul.

Due to the nature of the wavetable, the frequency portion of the oscillator needs special treatment. An oscillator of 1 Hz has frequency of C above middle C (midi number 72), so any other frequency must be relative to that (2 Hz, for instance, would be an octave higher, 0.5 hz an octave lower).

The frequency of the FM oscillator from before is extracted from index 2 of the table called args, and is divided by the base frequency set to p register 4. This gives us our relative frequency.

 2 _args tget 4 p / 

The rest of the arguments are pretty typical parameters to oscillator: amplitude, phase, and table name. The oscillator is added with the FM oscillator.

 0.1 0 _pad osc +

The process is repeated again for our second oscillator, only we give it a frequency 1.5 times that of the FM oscillator, giving us a perfect fifth above. This oscillator is then added into the mix.

 2 _args tget 1.5 * 4 p / 0.1 0 _pad osc +


The only effect use here is a reverb. This reverb algorithm is the zitareverb algorithm. The unit generator here is a simplified version of the reverb generator with less parameters.

 dup dup 5 8 3000 zrev drop 0.3 * +