Virtual Analog Models of Audio Circuitry
Although vintage electronic musical instruments (synthesizers, drum machines, etc.) and audio effects (distortion pedals, guitar amplifiers, etc.) from bygone decades play a central role in musical practice, these devices grow rarer and rarer every day. Enduring interest in analog audio circuits spawned the Virtual Analog approach to physical modeling of audio circuitry, which aims at the digital preservation and emulation of these devices. In this workshop, we’ll introduce systematic modelling approaches that draw from a number of research fields including control engineering, numerical modeling, physics, electronics, and classical network theory. In this workshop, our focus will be on distilling these approaches down to their basics, getting students started on practical modeling exercises, and foregrounding issues of discretization design.
This workshop is intended for:
Music technology students and practicioners, electrical engineers, musicians.
Prior exposure to basic circuit theory and/or linear algebra is highly recommended to get the most out of the workshop. Familiarity with a programming language such as C++, Python or Matlab is desirable but not mandatory. We also expect participants to bring their own laptop.
About the Instructors:
François Germain is a PhD candidate in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a MA in Music Technology from McGill University, and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Polytechnique. François' research focuses on a variety of topics related to the fields of music technology and audio processing.
Dr. Kurt James Werner holds a PhD in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), a BMus in Composition and Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), and a BS in General Engineering (w/ a secondary field in acoustics) also from UIUC. He joined the faculty of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen's University Belfast in 2017. Kurt's research focuses on virtual analog modeling of audio circuits, computer modeling of circuit-bent musical instruments, and sound synthesis.
For more information, feel free to contact Kurt and François directly.