Miranda, E. R. Three Modelling Approaches to Instrument Design. In Richard Boulanger, editor, The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing and Programming, pages 1-11, The MIT Press. 2000.

Sony CSL authors: Eduardo Miranda

Abstract

There are a variety of ways to design synthesis instruments on a computer and the choice of a suitable technique is crucial for effective results. Some techniques may perform better than others for some specific timbres, but there are no definite criteria for selection; it is basically a matter of experience and taste. In this chapter we introduce a taxonomy for sound synthesis techniques aimed at supporting less experienced instrument designers in the definition of their own criteria. In general, the more intuitive and flexible the technique, the more attractive it tends to be. For example, those techniques whose parameters provide meaningful ways to design instruments and timbres are usually preferred to those techniques whose parameters are entirely based upon abstract formulae.

Keywords: sound synthesis, computer music

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@INBOOK { miranda:00e, AUTHOR="Miranda, E. R.", BOOKTITLE="The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing and Programming", CHAPTER="27", EDITOR="Richard Boulanger", PAGES="1-11", PUBLISHER="The MIT Press", TITLE="Three Modelling Approaches to Instrument Design", YEAR="2000", }