Sound Synthesis Using Computers

Peter Manning

in The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199792030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Sound Synthesis Using Computers

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The primary focus of this article is the evolution of computer-based techniques of sound synthesis for composition and performance, with a particular emphasis on the development of software applications for an environment that is now increasingly based on the technology of desktop and laptop computing. The perspective that emerges necessarily intersects with other aspects of sound synthesis and signal processing, for example, the development of systems designed in the first instance for digital mixing and recording, and the musical instrument digital interface-based world of the commercial synthesizer and associated products that rely primarily or sometimes exclusively on the characteristics of custom-designed hardware. Today, the possibilities of software sound synthesis are for the most part limited only by the imagination of composers and performers and their ability to articulate these ideas in ways that can be practically realized. Such favorable conditions for engaging with the medium, however, are relatively new.

Keywords: computer-based techniques; sound synthesis; composition; performance; software applications

Article.  9894 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Applied Music

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