Bring Your Own Control Additive Synthesis

TitleBring Your Own Control Additive Synthesis
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsFreed, Adrian
Conference NameInternational Computer Music Conference
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Conference LocationBanff, Canada
Abstract Twenty years have passed since the first digital signal processing systems were used for real-time additive synthesis of sound [Chamberlin 76, DiGiugno 76]. This year, new algorithmic and implementation developments have resulted in passing the symbolic milestone of 1000 sinusoidal partials at 44.1kHz sampling rate on a desktop computer (SGI Power Indigo 2). Unlike the systems of two decades ago, this milestone was achieved with frequency and amplitude interpolated partials, and an efficient mechanism by which partials can be controlled during musical performance. This control mechanism, BYO (Bring Your Own), is the subject of this paper.