An Alternative Controller for a Virtual Bowed String Instrument


Stefania Serafin, Richard Dudas


One of the principal interests in building a virtual instrument model that works in real-time is the possibility of having interactive control of all its parameters. This means that the performer receives immediate audible feedback from his instrument so he can easily adjust and modify the sound produced while he is playing. This interactivity makes sense only if one is provided with a tool powerful enough to control the many parameters of a complex instrument model. Digitizing tablets, which have been developed primarily for the computer graphics field, have interesting applications to the control of sound synthesis, because they provide a substantial quantity of gestural data via a minimum amount of hardware.

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