Signal Processing for Sound Synthesis: Computer-Generated Sounds and Music for All

Vesa Välimäki, Rudolf Rabenstein, Davide Rocchesso, Xavier Serra, Julius O. Smith

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Abstract

Digital sound synthesis is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2007: It was first tested at the Bell Labs by Max Mathews and his colleagues in 1957, but it took quite some time before the technology was ready for the market. Digital music synthesizers were commercialized about 20 years later starting at the end of 1970s. In the mid 1980s, digital synthesizers became popular, when the musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) specification was released and incorporated in products. This enabled the playing of several synthesizers connected to each other or playing music synthesizers with computer control using so-called sequencing software.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
JournalIEEE Signal Processing Magazine
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • acoustic signal processing
  • digital signal processing
  • music
  • musical acoustics

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