Updated Audulus Node Documentation

  • We will soon be releasing a long-awaited thorough update to the Audulus documentation. Each node is explained in careful detail in easy-to-understand language with plenty of pictures, animations, videos, sound samples, and patches for you to explore. The documentation will essentially be a beginner's course in synthesis and computer science!

    We will of course be updating it as new nodes appear, but we will also update it based on user feedback - so when it does go live, make sure you check it all out and let us know what you think!

    If you have a request for the documentation, please leave it in the comments below - thanks!
  • Outstanding and the preview looks great! One question - how will the new docs be rolled out? Will it be only web-based or will it also be available within the app on iOS while offline or in PDF?
  • @Bryan58 - Thanks!

    The docs as you see them will replace the docs as they are now: http://docs.audulus.com/nodes/

    This is just the nodes reference that you're looking at, but the whole thing's going to get an overhaul. Ideally, I'd love to have one clip/example patch for every module doing something as well (though that's a little further off).

    But if you have a strong grasp of the nodes you'll be able to work through use the modules, whereas it's more difficult to use the modules if you don't understand the nodes.

    I'd like to deliver an offline version, but so much of it is animated that it's best to use it not printed out - though I know there are PDF lovers out there! And there's still plenty of good info without the multimedia. But yeah it should be available offline in one form, possibly 2 (though I'm not gonna spend a long time making the PDF look pretty since it'll be subject to change).
  • Looks great. Can't wait to spend more time in Audulus without feeling overwhelmed and under-educated!
  • Looks awesome really. That's a great addition, can't wait to read it.
  • how about a basic glossary for some terms for newbies?


    I'm just thinking of terms that would be used just in Audulus, not necessarily general synth stuff.

    Still digging through things so this is just a thought.
  • @altgrendel - that's coming too, but for now:

    o = octave - a linear pitch scale, similar to volt per octave.
    0 = A = 440Hz
    1 = A = 880Hz
    -1 = A = 220Hz

    m = modulation - modulation signals range between 0 to 1 to interface with any knob in the module library

    a = audio, -1 to 1

    e = envelope - a specialized modulation signal, also between 0 to 1

    g = gate 0 or 1 (with one exception of gate going into an envelope, when it's 0 to 1 to allow for dynamics).

    Those are the major ones.

    Attached are the glossary patches that I originally made for the new release, but Taylor wanted me to just put it in the documentation.
    Control Abbreviation Glossary.audulus
    Input Output Glossary.audulus
  • Huge help, thank you.
  • 20 pages - 1/3 way done! (Math nodes and filter section is going to be YUGE - will have at least one if not more examples for every expression available in Audulus - no more mystery about what the math is good for!)
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  • Nodes are the best!
  • Can't wait to put my eyes and hand and ears on it!
  • @strex Will we finally know what ranges of inputs are appropriate for all the filters and such? only time will tell.
  • @robertsyrett - 20-20k is the range of the filter node, and 0-1 is for resonance (1 = self-oscillation, can get pretty wild, so i usually limit resonance on modules to .99
  • Well I was thinking of the biquad filter and high pass which have rather enigmatic inputs, but yeah limiting it to .99 resonance is definitely a good idea. I seem to get white cables if I leave it set to 1 for too long and then I have to cut and paste the filter.
  • The updated doc preview looks great. I know how much work goes into good documentation. The extra effort is really appreciated
  • Plenty of person will appreciate the effort put into this! I sure will.
  • I check this everyday just to see if this is ready! Im so excited and glad you decided to do this! Thanks!
  • That would be extremely helpful, can't wait to read it! Any updates about the new documentation? @biminiroad
  • @jakub - my hope is that it's done before Moogfest. Making a big push on it this week! I wish I could upload it as-is right now because it has a ton of great info as it stands, but it will be best received when it's whole :)
  • @Biminiroad Just from reading carefully the text in the video helped me a lot, It is very well explained. I am searching and educating myself as much as I can because I am getting a bit frustrated at the moment, I have a feeling that I am in the dead end. I have still quite a lot of time and enthusiasm to learn. I would be really thankful if you at least rethink the publishing just one solid part of the documentation. :)
  • I echo the desire for whatever you have. Perhaps have an online WIP version available? That would allow you to get feedback from us beginners before waiting for iTunes to process the updates...
  • @biminiroad How are you progressing with that node documentation? :)
  • I'm doing a rewrite of the Audulus "Getting Started" page that should be done later today/early tomorrow. As you can see, this one's out of date: http://docs.audulus.com/ The new one will have more pictures and simpler, yet more thorough instructions.
  • @biminiroad I looked at it but it is still showing to me the old version of "Getting Started" section. Or maybe I am wrong?
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  • @biminiroad well done! Can't wait to read more about nodes. I would be interested in learning about waveshaping, therefore,
    trigonometric. I have more sculptural/architectural approach for the sound so I find this very fascinating. Btw. in that documentation is mentioned in the learn midi section: toggle button (Triggered) but when I wanted to use my Akai MPC 25 midi device as a sequencer it just toggles and when I click on it with cursor it triggers as it should.
  • @Jakub Have you checked out the waveforming thread?
  • @RobertSyrett Yes, will have a look at it closely again but before want to study a bit trigonometric functions so everything makes sense to me.
  • @biminiroad Would be great if you send an email newsletter once the updated documentation will be published. :) I have spread Audulus to few people in Berlin but they are not using it after while. That documentation would really help to get more familiar with it. :)