Skidmore College


Bessie (3.0) is a real-time interactive tutorial for learning about Frequency Modulation Synthesis. You don't need any previous knowledge of computer music or digital synthesis to run Bessie or to learn about FM Synthesis with Bessie, however we do suggest you work your way down the menu list from top to bottom, in order to fully understand FM Synthesis. You also might want to try using a good pair of headphones while running Bessie, so you can clearly hear the subtle changes in tone color (timbre) which happen while using FM Synthesis. Click on Launch Bessie to start (it might take a moment to launch the program on your computer) then have fun working your way down the menu. Pretty soon, you'll be a top notch expert in FM Synthesis! You need Java to view Bessie applets get it here.

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