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physical modeling

Articles about physical modeling:

String Theory is a flexible, delay based physical modeling synth which is capable of a wide range of plucked strings, atmospheric pads and ambiences, and unique hybrid synth sounds.

String Theory also offers dual phrase arpeggiators. Each arp has its own speed, gate, and octave controls; which allows for complex patterns. Read more…



Spicy Guitar is a free real-time acoustic guitar synthesis app for windows.

The Spicy Guitar project is the product of one year’s work by two students at the Ecole Centrale Paris:

“We wanted to combine our passion for music, specifically the guitar, with our experience in the sciences.”

Thanks to an original idea, we have developed a real-time sound synthesis software simulating acoustic guitar tones. It is based on physical modeling algorithms inspired by research works on modal synthesis, physical modeling, and convolution technology.

Since the mechanical and acoustic properties of the instrument are incorporated in our models, Spicy Guitar realistically simulates different guitars.

It is far from perfect, as we mainly focused our efforts on the synthesis method itself. Thus, you may find the playability to be basic, and you may experience some difficulties in using Spicy Guitar in your own compositions. But it is a good indication of the potential future of virtual acoustic instruments: more science and less use of samples!

Download here.

If you give Spicy Guitar a try, leave a comment with your thoughts!