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A little late for your questions and you maybe found an avenue but, FWIW, if you haven't, you may wish to try the Native Instrument Reaktor forums and maybe even the Reaktor Library comment section for some questions.

" Everyone wants to protect you from evil people like me ..." ~ randy

Some of us can attend the next Halloween costume party dressed as you with a hypoallergenic non-latex 3D mask likeness, modelled, with the help of artificial intelligence, from extracts of your You Tube video tutorials.

Hi All...

In light of the upcoming Sumu, I thought to inquire as to whether more/extra partials/high partial count, perhaps in different contexts, has any bearing where Sumu is concerned, and if so, what/how, or if not, what/how and if it's kind of like comparing apples to oranges?

I have heard, specifically on KVR music site for example, that apparently better synths, like Harmor, Razor or Loom 2, can work with 512 partials and higher or something like that, whereas other, apparently less capable synths, have less partials than that, like, say, 128 or less.

To help elaborate what I mean, consider this video (link below) that talks about how one can hack Native Instruments' Razor (maybe through its 'host' or some kind of 'host', like Reaktor?) to make it operate with more partials (thus with a higher 'sound resolution'?) if one's computer can handle it and that when Razor was first developed, computing power was less able to cope with more partials which is why it has the default it has.

The point also is that I seem to have read about Sumu as having a much lower partial count, but perhaps this has little or nothing to do with how it works, compared with other additive synths.

So what's the deal with Sumu and how might it compare and/or contrast in this and other ways with its synth relatives and other synths as well for that matter?

Here's the partial hack video-in-question:


Hi randy, I appreciate the insight, thanks!

Knowledge Is Power: The Superpower 'X-Ray Vision' Of Anarchism

Apparently-- that's apparently (take most everything you read with a grain of salt)-- a Black Lives Matter person-in-charge ran off with some of the funds (10 million?) for their own personal advantage or something like that. (But of course there are other related organizations and forms of help that may have better 'accounting systems').

In any case, I want to offer those readers here who do not have it, what is viewed as a kind of superpower; namely an anarchistic lens through which to peer at the world.
Look up its proper definition if you're unsure and then don the lens and find, too, how it will likely change your perspective and therefore in a sense change your reality.

"The police have always been thugs, but they have traditionally been thugs in the service of elites. The crises of the 1960s produced an outbreak of police hooliganism directed against the citizenry... and a revolt against their own commanders and the civil authorities.
The police, in short, became self-conscious political actors seeking to defend their own interests, advance their own agenda, act under their own authority, and increase their already substantial power. Such a development is very dangerous for a wavering democracy like that of the United States." ~ Kristian Williams, 'Our Enemies In Blue'

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." ~ Malcolm X

"It is useless and... futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence against a government whose reply is only savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people..." ~ Nelson Mandela

"The philosophy is basically what we call intercommunalism-- we're not nationalists, we don't believe in nationalism. Nationalism or nationhood is... akin to superiority, is akin to racism..." ~ Bobby Seale

"Patriotism is, as we know, the last refuge of a scoundrel. Now we're talking about real scoundrels, like Nixon." ~ Gore Vidal

" 'I am a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective. I worked South Central Los Angeles and I can tell you, Director Deutch, emphatically and without equivocation, that the [Central Intelligence] Agency has dealt drugs in this country for a long time.' (He then referred Deutch to three specific CIA agency operations known as Amadeus, Pegasus and Watchtower... Ruppert... [said] that in his experience as an LAPD narcotics officer, he has seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing for a long time.)." ~ Michael Ruppert, documentary film, 'Collapse'

"The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation." ~ Emma Goldman

Lot's more but you get the idea.

Of course, the superpower is also good for music, incidentally, such as lyrics.

If you accept it, use your new power responsibly.

And, lastly, I'll wrap this fine comment up with one of my faves:

"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself... Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable..." ~ H.L. Mencken

Understood. 'u'

Sumu-Wrestling, Or Shepherding Cats In The Funland Fogs?

Hey guys, maybe it's a bit like those probability things where the mere act of observing collapses the predictability or like that spooky-physics-at-a-distance thing that Einstein talked about. Is it Halloween soon?

So along those lines of thought, perhaps Randy changes state too unpredictably if we observe him too intently or something.
So maybe let's pretend that we are entirely uninterested in the Funnish Fog.

Randy, I have a beloved Funnish friend-- the sister I never had-- and, as such, am reasonably up on Funnish culture, or at least in some areas, like contemporary music, like Happoradio, Vesterinen Yhtyeineen and Kemopetrol...

Kemopetrol, incidentally, are or were apparently working on an upcoming album, at least last I looked, but it seemed to be taking some time. But maybe had they not mentioned it on their site, they'd have had something by then. ;)

Nevertheless, as for additive synthesis, apparently it's something along the lines of trying to herd cats, what with those partials/sine waves each and all wanting to go this way and that and over considerable lengths of time, to make something ear-grabbing yet manageable. A bit of a fine art perhaps and/or witchcraft, yes?