Thinking the sounds: an intuitive control of an impact sound synthesizer


Authors: Aramaki M., Gondre C., Kronland-Martinet R., Voinier T., Ystad S.
Publication Date: May 2009
Journal: International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD'09), May 2009, Copenhague, Denmark. (pp.119-124, 2009)


In this paper we describe a synthesizer to be used both for virtual reality and musical purposes, based on an additive synthesis model, and that offers an intuitive control of impact sounds. A three layer control strategy is proposed for this purpose, where the top layer gives access to a control through verbal descriptions, the middle layer to a control of perceptually relevant signal descriptors, while the bottom layer is directly linked to the parameters of the synthesis model. The mapping strategies between the parameters of the different layers are described. The synthesizer has been implemented using Max/MSP, offering the possibility to manipulate the sounds in real-time through the control of the different parameters.