Should your web audio app have a limiter?

Did you come across digital clipping in web audio apps? I certainly did several times (mostly in my own apps though). This undesired effect occurs when you play several sound sources at the same time, which results in a signal that is louder than the maximum of 0 dBFS. Since a digital system is unable to reproduce higher amplitudes, you will hear nasty distortion and get an unworthy waveform looking like this:

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Beatsketch

I just wanted to mention that I did this thing called Beatsketch last year. It lets you make music on the web without having to know much about making music.

BeatSketch from Sebastian Zimmer is a collaborative music production tool that Sebastian developed for his Master’s degree in Computer Science. A song consists of multiple tracks, and each track is backed by a grid-based sequencer. Any changes you make are synchronised between connected collaborators immediately. It also supports mixing the final song down to a WAV file for downloading. An impressive set of features and a very useful exploration of possible methods of implementing collaborative working.

Chris Lowis on Web Audio Weekly #43

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Moog & Monark

I fell in love with synthesized bass sounds when listening for the first time to Joan as Police Woman’s performance of Holy Fire on Later:

After that I enthusiasticly tried to recreate this sound with the awesome Moog emulator Monark by Native Instruments.

Monark

Monark comes already with some quite good presets. Here you can download the one I have created to come as close to Joan’s bass sound as possible. It’s based on the preset “Humble Bee” but with tiny adjustments:

Monark-Moog.nrkt