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To my limited understanding, additive synthesis adds "simpler" sound waves together to create a more rich and complex sound wave. Yes - specifically, additive synthesis is about adding sine waves together to create a more complex resultant waveform. I've read that FM synthesis uses another sound wave to manipulate another waveform to create a more ...


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FM and additive synthesis have almost nothing in common. The only common aspect I can think of is that many FM synths allow using several oscillators or "operators" summed i.e. mixed together in adjustable mixture ratios, which is not in principle even a part of FM synthesis. The thing that FM synthesis conceptually does not do is add waves together, even ...


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