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The synthesis of sound with application in a midi-environment

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dc.contributor.author Kesterton AJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.created 1991 en
dc.date.submitted 1991 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25653
dc.description.abstract The work described in this thesis shows how the IBM PC and software can be combined to provide a suitable platform for experimentation with different synthesis techniques. This platform is based on the PC, the musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) and a musical instrument called a digital sampler. The fundamental concepts of sound are described, with reference to digital sound reproduction. A number of synthesis techniques are described. These are evaluated according to the criteria of generality, efficiency and control. The techniques discussed are additive synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, subtractive synthesis, granular synthesis, resynthesis, wavetable synthesis, and sampling. Spiral synthesis, physical modelling, waveshapping and spectral interpolation are discussed briefly. As a demonstration of the PC platform, additive synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, granular synthesis and spiral synthesis have been implemented in software. A PC equipped with a MIDI interface card is used to perform the synthesis. The midi protocol is used to transmit the resultant sound to a digital sampler. The Inmos transputer is used as an accelerator, as the calculation of a waveform using software is a computational- ntensive process. It is concluded that sound synthesis can be performed successfully using a PC and the appropriate software, and utilizing the facilities provided by a MIDI environment including a digital sampler. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Computer Science en
dc.subject Special computer methods en
dc.title The synthesis of sound with application in a midi-environment en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc en


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