Hey guys, I've been spinning my wheels a lot lately and was just hoping to get some good opinion/maybe some help. I'm sure I'm not the first to notice that the synthesizer world is just completely screwed up. It's pure chaos!
For example, If I say, think of a trumpet, or think of a violin, any person even slightly familiar with music will be able to imagine the sound in their head, but if I say, think of a "thug nasty", or an "Unlucky Women" synth, no one is going to know what I'm talking about in the slightest.
The reason this whole problem has became an issue for me is that a lot of times, I hear music in my head, and when I hear random synthesizers, I have no way of writing down a decent sound description which would help me to remember it next time I look at my paper.
So, what I've set out to do is try and figure out some way to begin to break down the different timbre's of synthesizers and try and label them in some way that I could get them into some sort of category or atleast a general instrumental family (made up of course since they wouldn't fit the concepts of brass or woodwind or the like). Anyways, im really wondering if anyone else ever met this problem, figured out a work around, is interested in figuring it out, has any opinions on it in general, or really has any input at all lol. I've managed to break down synths a little bit, ill write down some of what I think I've figured out below very briefly.
I'll start by saying I've found one of the primary tones of a synth to be how smooth or sharp the sound is. To anyone who knows synths at all, squares, triangles, and sine waves are all basically what I would call smooth. Sawtooths are more on the opposite side being of rough or sharp quality. It basically is a spectrum, like so
(I would place Sawtooth more at the rough side than the sharp).
Anyways! Sorry for the lengthy post, hope someone finds this interesting or maybe even has something to add! haha