Examining the Oscillator Waveform Animation Effect

Joseph Timoney; Victor Lazzarini; Jari Kleimola; Vesa Välimäki
DAFx-2014 - Erlangen
An enhancing effect that can be applied to analogue oscillators in subtractive synthesizers is termed Animation, which is an efficient way to create a sound of many closely detuned oscillators playing in unison. This is often referred to as a supersaw oscillator. This paper first explains the operating principle of this effect using a combination of additive and frequency modulation synthesis. The Fourier series will be derived and results will be presented to demonstrate its accuracy. This will then provide new insights into how other more general waveform animation processors can be designed.