Direct Digital Synthesis

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Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) Direct digital synthesis is a common technique for generating waveforms digitally. The principles of the technique are simple and widely applicable. You can build a DDS oscillator in hardware or in software. A DDS oscillator is sometimes also known as a Numerically-Controlled Oscillator (NCO). How does it work? The most important part of a DDS oscillator is the ‘Phase Accumulator’. This is just a counter. For example, we could use a 16-bit binary counter: When the… Read more »

Wavetable Oscillators

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This page is an overview of two techniques for creating wavetable oscillators. Contents DDS – Korg DW series and similar Variable sample rate – PPG Wave and similar DDS – Korg DW series and similar The Korg DW series use a DDS oscillator scheme. Korg called it ‘DWGS’ for ‘Digital Waveform Generator System’ in the 80’s style of inscrutable acronyms, but in reality it is a single cycle of digitally stored waveform that can be played back repeatedly. It uses a counter… Read more »

Roland Juno DCOs

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This page is a brief look at the technology of the Roland Juno series digitally controlled oscillators. The specific scheme presented here was introduced in the Juno 106 in 1984, but the same basic DCO design turned up in many Roland instruments through the 1980s (including the JX-3P, JX-8P, JX-10 and the MKS modules based on these) up until the D-50 in 1987. The Roland DCO is an interesting hybrid design. Although digitally controlled and digitally stable, the oscillator produces… Read more »