Principles of sound synthesis


Those clever people at Salford University (UK) has produced an online guide to the principles of sound synthesis.

This article aims to discuss principles, techniques and popular equipment to synthesise musical instrument sounds.

It has sections on:

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  • The structure of sound
  • Acoustic sound generation
  • Additive synthesis
  • Subtractive synthesis
  • Wave equations beyond the 1D case
  • Frequency modulation
  • Sampling
  • Virtual modular synthesis
  • Digital wave-guide modelling