Analysis and synthesis of musical sounds

The music-related research in our laboratory consists of analysis and synthesis of musical sounds. In physics-based sound synthesis, the aim is to simulate the physical processes that generate a sound in a musical instrument, as opposed to merely simulating the sound itself. The advantage of this approach is that it improves the flexibility of sound synthesis models and allows a more intuitive control for the synthesizers.

The following table lists some of our research topics related to musical instruments.

Research topics related to musical instruments
Acoustic guitar synthesis
Synthesis and modeling of the well-known six-stringed plucked string instrument.
Kantele synthesis
The kantele is a traditional finnish plucked string instrument with an easily recognizable tone due to the tension modulation nonlinearity and beating.
Synthesis of the lutes
Research and synthesis of the tanbur, a traditional Turkish long-necked lute, the ud, a short-necked arabic lute, and the Renaissance lute.
Piano synthesis
Modeling and synthesis of the piano, probably the most popular instrument in western music.
Harpsichord synthesis
The harpsichord is a plucked string keyboard instrument, popular in the baroque era.
Clavichord synthesis
The clavichord is a rectangular keyboard instrument, also popular in the baroque era.
Virtual analog synthesis and audio effects
Digital signal processing methods for imitating the oscillators, filters, and other analog electronic parts in musical gear.
Acoustics of musical instruments
Research on analysis and improvement of musical instruments.

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