WebSynths does crash — I encourage you to save and record your work regularly
If you are getting unwanted clicks or distortion:
hit the panic button to clear voices
save your patch, reload the website into your browser, then load your saved patch back in
shut down all applications except your browser
close all websites except WebSynths in your browser
the super saw may be overwhelming your CPU, use a different oscillator waveform
try turning down the volume attenuator and turning on the volume limiter
try turning off effects as they may be overwhelming your CPU
Most parameter changes impact the next note played — if you hold a note and change a variable, the held note will likely not be impacted
The Web MIDI API is still an experiment. It stops working at random, and you may need to reload the page to start it up again.
The same WebSynths patch will sound different on different machines, operating systems and browsers — and a patch that will break a weaker machine (resulting in audible clicks and stutters) may work fine on a stronger machine
If a sound gets stuck, hit the panic button to stop all sound
There is a rare chance that a crash will emit a sustained high-pitched squeal — be prepared to close the browser window to save your ears and speakers from damage
As of today, the latest version of Chrome seems to work best
Browser-based, mobile-first, responsive interface
Unique microtonal tuning system
Unique nested-module patch creation paradigm
Preset patch library with over 130 patches
Save and load user created patches
Ability to load one patch's microtonal tuning system into another
Trigger sounds via MIDI (with velocity), touch, (QWERTY, AZERTY, or QWERTZ) computer keyboard, or mouse clicks
3 oscillators, each with
sine, square, sawtooth, pulse, and triangle waveform types
pulse width with dedicated lfo
super size with up to 15 voices, with adjustable detune and stereo width
white, pink, and brown noise waveforms
pitch and amplitude envelopes
pitch and amplitude LFOs with dedicated envelopes
pan position with auto-pan
convolver with drum samples
high cut, low cut and parametric eq
2 filters, each with 8 filter modes and dedicated frequency envelopes and frequency LFOs
Filter matrix with presets
All LFOs have basic and extended functions, 5 wave shapes, dedicated envelope, and are BPM syncable
Random and hold LFO oscillator waveform with legato
All envelopes are BPM syncable
7 segment amplitude envelope
Effects: compressor, distortion with eq, single and dual BPM syncable delays with eq, stereo chorus, stereo tremolo, reverb (18 models), eq (6 bands), and limiter
These are preliminary, to help out those new to synths. I'm working on tutorial videos that should be available soon.
You can use the arrows on your computer keyboard to scroll through the presets.
The triggers on the bottom are your keyboard. You can use your QWERTY keyboard, mouse, touch or MIDI keyboard to trigger them.
You can change the tuning of the keys, or scale, by clicking the tuning button.
MIDI is a way to use an external physical instrument to play it. If you have a MIDI keyboard that you wish to use, hit the MIDI button to set it up.
If a note gets stuck, hit the panic button, it will stop all voices from playing.
Oscillators are the voices. This synth has 3 of them (located in the menu on the left.) You can change the character of each voice by changing the parameters under the 'Oscillator 1 / 2 / 3' sections on the left. The 'Shape' menu allows you to choose from different styles of voice for each oscillator. You can turn each voice on or off and mix and match them for some weird and wonderful sounds.
The filter section applies equalization to your oscillators (changes the brightness essentially) via the cutoff and emphasis controls. You can change the filter type to 'low pass / high pass' and many more.
The amplitude envelope changes how your sound is played, volume-wise, when you hit a note. For example, having a long release time will mean that once you let go of the note you are playing it will tail off until fading out. Having a slow attack will mean that your note will fade in instead of playing at full volume straight away.
The effects section allows you to add various effects to your overall sound. You can change the effects, mix them together and toggle them on or off too. If you want to create some really spacious and trippy vibes I'd suggest playing with Reverb and Delay