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AES Barcelona 2005
Workshop W12 - Physical Modeling Synthesis of Musical Instruments

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Tuesday, May 31, 09:00 — 11:00

W12 - Physical Modeling Synthesis of Musical Instruments

Rudolf Rabenstein, University Erlangen-Nuremberg - Erlangen, Germany
Stefan Bilbao, Queen's University Belfast - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Matti Karjalainen, Helsinki University of Technology - Espoo, Finland
Augusto Sarti, Politecnico di Milano - Milan, Italy
Xavier Serra, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona, Spain
Udo Zölzer, University of the Federal Armed Forces - Hamburg, Germany

Several methods for sound synthesis in digital musical instruments have emerged during the last decades. Approaches like additive synthesis or frequency modulation (FM) have been already used in the analog era and were later adapted to digital technology. Wavetable synthesis (also called sampling) became only feasible with the availability of large memory chips. Now that computing power is so widespread, it is possible to directly model the physical sound production by numerical methods. Although powerful algorithms have been available for more than ten years, physical modeling is still a topic of intensive research. This workshop discusses the role of physical modeling synthesis in relation to competing methods and its application in present and future musical instruments.

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