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Published 1985 | public
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A VLSI Architecture for Sound Synthesis


Sounds that come from physical sources are naturally represented by differential equations in time. Since there is a straightforward correspondence between differential equations in time and finite difference equations, we can model musical instruments as simultaneous finite difference equations. Musical sounds can be produced by solving the difference equations that model instruments in real time.

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© 1985 Addison-Wesley. Special thanks are due to Telle Whitney (graduate student) for her critiques and many discussions. We would also like to thank Ron Ayres (USC/Information Sciences Institute) whose integrated circuit layout programs were used to generate the custom chips. The circuit boards that hold the custom chips were designed and built by Brian Horn. Jim Campbell and Alan Blanchard have contributed hardware support. This work was supported by the System Development Foundation.

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