Physical Modeling

Physical modeling is an approach to sound synthesis that has gained popularity over the past 30 years, offering synthesis algorithms that have ``natural'' control inputs (i.e., breath pressure, bow pressure) and time-varying responses. For compositional purposes, they are sometimes ``driven'' with unnatural control values to produce quasi-physical, yet unusual, sounds. Physical modeling techniques generally require a good understanding of both physics and digital signal processing, often making the development of new physical modeling algorithms a complicated process.

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