Feature Modulation Synthesis (FMS)

Tae Hong Park, Jonathan Biguenet, Zhiye Li, Conner Richardson, Travis Scharr

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This paper introduces FMS (Feature Modulation Synthesis), a synthesis-by-analysis sound synthesis system. Unlike many of the traditional synthesis methods such as AM, FM, additive/subtractive synthesis, waveshaping, wavetable, and physical modeling which results in sound generation via sonic parameters that in essence were developed in mimicking or modeling existing target acoustic instruments, FMS takes the approach of extracting salient timbral features directly from a sound object where the end goal is the resynthesis of an altered sound object reflecting the modulated timbral features. The FMS system comprises of analysis of a sound object and salient feature extraction; modulation of single or multiple features; and synthesizing the new sound object via the modulated features. The essential idea behind FMS is thus synthesizing a sound object by modulating and affecting only the desired timbral dimensions while ideally leaving all other timbral aspects intact giving very fine control over specific sonic attributes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2007
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2007
EventInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2007 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Aug 27 2007Aug 31 2007


OtherInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Music


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