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Dynamic Modeling of Vibrating Structures for Sound Synthesis, Modal Synthesis

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Every musical instrument involves a set of vibrating structures, mechanical or acoustic, controlled by the instrumentalist and exciting the surrounding air. It is thus possible to represent a general sound-producing instrument as a collection of vibration structures, responding to external demands, interacting together and feeding the radiated field. Sound synthesis by physical models consists of the numerical simulation of the vibrations of these structures.

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