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Toshifumi Kunimoto, R&D YAMAHA, Japan: YAMAHA's musical instruments and audio products as DSP applications

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  • Distinguished Lecture
When Nov 09, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, 527 Sherbrooke St W
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The lecture will take place in TANNA SCHULICH HALL, followed by a wine and cheese reception in room A832-833 (8th floor of the Elizabeth Wirth New Music Building). 


Dr Kunimoto will describe his personal product design/planning history within YAMAHA. All the products he will present integrate excellent DSP technologies and are interesting in many ways. Some have had good success, while others not so much. There is a correlation between the DSP technology YAMAHA has applied to its products and the business YAMAHA has then received. However, successful products have had other reasons to be successful, whether they incorporate a good DSP idea or not. 

Dr Toshifumi KunimotoBiography

Toshifumi Kunimoto was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1957. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees for his work on ARMA digital filter design from the Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan in 1980, 1982, and 2017, respectively. In 1982 Toshifumi Kunimoto joined Yamaha, where he has designed large-scale integration (LSI) systems for numerous musical instruments such as the Electone, Yamaha's trademark electronic organ line. He has created numerous signal processing technologies used in Yamaha synthesizers and pro-audio equipment. Among his designs are the famous Yamaha VL1 Virtual Acoustic Synthesizer and the CP1 electronic piano. He has also contributed to several Japanese specialized music and audio publications with articles describing how too make analog audio equipment such as guitar stompboxes. Since 2008, he has worked at Yamaha's Center for Research & Development in Hamamatsu, Japan. His current title is Fellow.



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