[chuck-users] Getting Started with ChucK

Greg Sabo gregsabo at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 19:31:36 EDT 2009

Hello, I've been interested in trying ChucK for several years now but  
I've just recently started playing with it in earnest. I like what I  
see so far :)

I have one thing that's bothering me - coming from SuperCollider, I'm  
used to being able to put UGens in pretty much any argument, like this:

{a = SinOsc.kr(freq: 20, mul: 300);
SinOsc.ar(freq: a, mul: 0.8)}.play

If I wanted basic FM. So intuitively, trying out ChucK for the first  
time, I tried to do:

SinOsc mod => SinOsc car.freq => dac;

Which didn't work. After a bit of reading, I understand that UGens  
have "inputs" in ChucK, by default set to modify the frequency, and if  
you want to modulate a different parameter, you change that object's  
sync attribute.

That seems kind of weird/unintuitive to me, is there something that  
I'm missing that went into making the syntax like this?

Besides that, I find ChucK really fun to play with, and I look forward  
to making some zany sounds with it :)

-Greg Sabo
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