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Research Project: Acoustic modeling, measurements and analysis of music instruments

Acoustic modeling, measurements and analysis of music instruments

  Research Project Information
Runtime: Feb 02, 2010 until Dec 30, 2013
Project coordination: Gary Scavone
Scientific staff: Luc Mongeau; Gary Scavone

The goal of this research project is to use novel measurement, digital signal processing,and computer-based modeling techniques to improve our understanding of the acoustical principles governing music instruments. Scientific methods and tools will be developed inthe course of this research program to: 1. assess the perceptually important features of high-quality instruments; 2. suggest possible improvements or simplifications to instrument designs; 3. improve virtual sound synthesis; and 4. aid in music pedagogy. The focus here is largely on music instruments, though these results will also have a wide range of potential technological, multimedia, and acoustical engineering applications.