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They are not always the same. There can be differences in the harmonic content, in the wave shape, even if they are unnoticeable to the ear (or most ears). There are many different ways to generate the basic waveforms electronically, so in analog synths the actual waveform will depend on the design and implementation. I've also found that analog ...


Sawtooth waves, triangle waves, sine waves, and square waves, and pulse waves of any particular duty cycle, all have precise mathematical definitions, so a "perfect" generator for any of them should yield equivalent results. In practice, sawtooth waves, pulse waves, and square waves cannot be reproduced quite perfectly because they involve an instantaneous ...

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