# Re: Wavetable example?

Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:06:25 -0700
Message-ID: <CAE3TgXHBv=9NBgV=sWmGqABpYAJDQ-Tq=8e2c6=6UzcG3z9fPA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com>
Cc: Peter van der Noord <peterdunord@gmail.com>, Ray Bellis <ray@bellis.me.uk>, public-audio@w3.org
```On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM, Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com> wrote:

> Den 2012-07-22 20:17:06 skrev Ray Bellis <ray@bellis.me.uk>:
>
>
>  On 22/07/2012 13:58, Peter van der Noord wrote:
>>
>>> Hmmm, my math knowledge isnt of the level that i have an immediate idea
>>> about how that would work :)
>>>
>>
>> OK, here's a more concrete example.
>>
>> A square wave is defined as a series of the *odd* harmonics where the
>> contribution of each harmonic is inversely proportional to its harmonic
>> number.
>>
>> So the second, fourth, etc harmonics are all *zero*.
>>
>> The third harmonic is 1/3 the amplitude of the fundamental, and the fifth
>> is 1/5, etc.
>>
>> See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Square_wave<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_wave>
>>
>> So the input "cos" table would just look like:
>>
>> [ 0, 1, 0, 1/3, 0, 1/5, 0, 1/7, 0, 1/9, ... ]
>>
>> The sin table for a square wave doesn't need any values because the
>> harmonics are all in phase.  So just use all zeroes.
>>
>>
> That's right. Another way of thinking of it is that the WaveTable is
> essentially the Fourier transform of a time domain periodic signal. So, if
> you have a single period of a time domain signal that you want to use as a
> WaveTable, take the FFT of that signal and use the real portion as the cos
> table, and the imaginary portion as the sin table (haven't tried it, but it
> should work).

Yes, this is exactly how it's supposed to work.  If it doesn't, it's a bug,
so please let us know. :-)

Ray
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