Physical Modeling and Virtual Instruments

Wondered what the fuss is about physical modeling? This synthesis technique surfaced years ago, but you're going to be seeing a lot more of it thanks to faster CPUs. Here's a snapshot explanation of what it is and how it came to be. Why you need it: A violin is not a sine wave: Traditional analog synthesis builds sounds out of simple waveforms. That's great — except real-world sound is much more complex — as you've no doubt noticed if, for instance, you've heard a kid trying to learn violin. Online math magazine +plus (named for addition, the one kind …

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