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James Clark: Developing Music Synthesis Systems using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)

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  • Seminar
When Jan 30, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where A-832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
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ABSTRACT

I will discuss the pros and cons of using FPGAs for implementing digital music synthesis systems as compared with DSP CPUs and microcontrollers. Issues considered include cost, ease of development, flexibility, upgradability, power consumption, and, most of all, sound quality. An example will be given on the design of a commercial FPGA-based digital Voltage-Controlled-Oscillator, the Cylonix Cyclebox.

 

ABOUT JAMES CLARK

James J. Clark obtained his B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. In 1985 he joined the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University as a post-doctoral fellow and instructor. In 1986 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor and then to the rank of Gordon McKay Associate Professor in 1990. In 1994 he joined the Nissan Cambridge Basic Research lab as a visiting scientist. In 1996 he moved to McGill University joining the department of Electrical Engineering as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to full Professor in 2004. He served as the Associate Dean, Academic, of the faculty of Engineering from 2005-2011. 

 


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