Single cycle waveforms

Waveforms

I have been making and collecting one cycle waveforms for years. They have been one of my best weapons to use when making sounds. If you have a wavetable synthesizer that can load single cycle waveforms you might find them useful as well.

These waveforms took a great amount of time to sample and I would like to continue this and similar projects, if you want to make that easier for me please please consider making a small donation.


The collections

AKWF Waveforms (a massive collection of waveforms)
AKWF NewStandards (Clean new shapes. Coming up)
AKWF Nes (Waveforms from the Nintendo 8-bit console. Coming up)


Synths that can load waveforms / oscillator shapes

Hardware
Shruthi-1, Roland MC-909, Elektron Monomachine, Elektron Octatrack

Software
I have marked the ones I like with * but I don’t know all of them…
Sytrus
*, Harmless*, 3xOSC, Native Instruments Absynth, Camel Audio Alchemy, MetaSynth, Dave Smith Evolver, Symbolic Sound Kyma, Native Instruments Reaktor, Elektron Monomachine*, Ableton SimplerAkai S2000, Animoog etc.


Single cycle waveforms!?

Basic waveforms

If you are familiar with basic subtractive synthesizers you probably know the saw, square, sinus and triangle shape that are the most common shapes a oscillator can produce pretty well. Single cycle waveforms are tiny audio files (.wave) that a synthesizer can read to use as oscillator shapes. What it means is new sounds. Some kind of grey area between sampling and synthesis. A raw waveform is very rarely what makes a whole sound but you can see it as presets for oscillators. Happy sound designing!

This kind of technique is also called PCM wavetable synthesis.

38 responses

  • Ben says:

    Dope! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Made In Machines says:

    Brilliant work! Makes me really tempted to get an Octatrack! Getting one this week so will be trying these out heavily! Are the ‘AKWF New Standards’ available yet? What waves are contained in AKWF_0001 – AKWF_0020 is each one a different synth or what as I’d like to relabel them. Definitely worth donating if I use these! Thanks

    • Hi sorry for late response! Many are from synthesizers but some are from random sources. Could be from anything, a broken television, a bird, a train, me whistling… It started out as a very chaotic collecting so I don’t really know =)

  • lukas says:

    Thanks for sharing, really helpful !

  • sbdj says:

    Thanks for all the hard work in making this collection available. You can add the MC-909 to the list of machines that handle these. I play around with these waveforms for hours and I know I’ll never run out of new sounds. THANKS!

  • Ted says:

    AK – Thanks so much for all the work on these and for making them available. It’s a really solid collection – I’ve only dipped into all the WAV sets, but am looking forward to trying some in Zebra and on my Blofeld – and taking some photos of fullscreen waveforms and importing into the new PPG iPad app!

  • MetalMania says:

    I can’t wait to try the distorted pack. Thanks!

  • Giuseppe says:

    Hi ! How can I do this with my Monomachine? Thanks :)

  • Mary says:

    Oops….A big thank you! I have DSS-1 that uses only these but the memory is broken. Anyone can fix it?

  • Mary says:

    Digital Love Child by Synth Magic is a new Kontakt Instrument that uses these.

  • Arseny says:

    Waiting for the AKWF Nes. Any ETA on this?

  • Tuval S says:

    Thank you very much for this amazing collection – really useful and high quality. I’ve used your wavesahpes for creating a reaktor instrument – an interesting wavetable synthesizer named “Aurora”. You can find it at the reaktor user library on the NI website(Synthesizers/Wavetable/Aurora). Your credit is there offcourse. You can also get it by contacting me.
    Thanks again!!!

  • Beatdrop says:

    Absolutely fucking awesome. Thanks so much for making these available!

  • cultdream says:

    but you should put up those NES ones dood!

  • cultdream says:

    This is the shit! Thank you!

  • Jeffrey Russ says:

    I will making a Puredata patch that uses this format of 44.1khrz/16bit 600 samples long D1 and extending it with waveforms 75 samples long at D-1. It will be a wavetable synth that borrows from ideas in LSDJ, Nanoloop and the PPG Wave. Thanks for the ideas! These waveforms are superb!

  • pauly evolver says:

    my evolver and blofeld will be very happy to load these

  • julian says:

    the waveforms are superb. i would really really like to see/hear the nes waveforms. are you still planning to make a nice set of those?

  • Thanks! Nice collection. The license?

  • Acoostic ZOo says:

    Hey Adventure KID! I’m just getting into this wavetable stuff, great blog here you got. It’s sums up very well what single waveforms can do. Thanks. I’m v. excited. Software synths has come of age I think.

  • dan says:

    great stuff…but do you have them already grouped in sample maps?

  • Max S says:

    Thanx so much … i’ve been looking for this stuff for a long time. Me and my monomachine love you. I love the sine waveforms. Just awsome! Youre karma just went thru the sky..

    //Max

  • It’s a snap taken of Ear candy and then edited a bit in photoshop. Hope that helps.

  • jeff says:

    Hi i am curious how you made this beautiful waveform graphic ?

  • An interesting collection… but AK-OCW_0008.ZIP gives me a 404. All the other files are fine.

  • Some of the files 404… But most seem to still work here. Pure isn’t a collection but a unique library.

  • Michael says:

    These links are dead now… files not found!

    Is “Pure” a compilation of “A Collection” + others in one archive?

    Michael.

  • Zytaris of Quinn says:

    It’s nice to know there’s another person who has collected single cycle waveforms for a long time. You have much much more tho than I ever got collected, and your catagories are quite nice too. Such inspiring variety!! I just wish my life didn’t have so many other things going on in it through the past 8 years, so my collection would’ve grown into something like yours is showing.

    This site is a very well put together collective, and am quite amazed how many there are, and ssssso useful a site!! :) Many thanks for what you’re into.

  • hondata says:

    Love, love, love the site! I have added it to my army of “killer sites”! Wish you had more posts…actually maybe not because then I wouldn’t be able to get any work done. :p

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