Analysis and resynthesis of real instruments using Pure Data and the MKMR library


  • Miguel Moreno



Additive Synthesis, Pure Data, Spectrograph, Idiophones, Instrument Design


In this experience report, I present my method for synthesizing realistic sounding instruments. Starting from the analysis of a marimba sample to how to recreate it using additive synthesis while reducing the number of objects, memory and CPU load. This synthesized model only uses pd vanilla objects, allowing an ease of implementation with projects using libpd. The instrument detailed in this article and many more are part of my open-source library: mkmr. This repository is a compilation of vanilla made abstractions with different categories such as: oscillators, filters, effects, instruments, waveshapers, sequencers, etc.


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Biografia do Autor

Miguel Moreno

Miguel Moreno. Sound designer and audio programmer. For more than 7 years, he has explored the sonic capabilities of digital sound synthesis with Pure Data. He studied Music Production Engineering at TEC de Monterrey. He has given workshops and presentations at several mexican music schools such as CEDART, CCM, Centro Cultural España and TEC de Monterrey. Within his experience, he has developed and designed synthesizers and drum machines for various independent musical technology companies. Moreno's latest open-source work is an extensive library of synthesized instruments for Pure Data. ORCID:


DOEL; PAI. Modal Synthesis for Vibrating Objects. Vancouver, Canada. University of British Columbia. Available at: <>. Accessed on: 23 Nov 2021

FRITTS, Lawrence. Music Instrument Samples. Iowa, U.S.A. University of Iowa. Available at: <>. Accessed on: 23 Nov 2021

GUILLOT, Pierre. Camomile: creating audio plugins with pure data. Saint-Denis, France. University Paris 8. Available at: <>. Accessed on: 26 Nov 2021



Como Citar

Moreno, M. (2021). Analysis and resynthesis of real instruments using Pure Data and the MKMR library. Revista Vórtex, 9(2).



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