As mentioned in the introduction to this chapter, it takes many sinusoidal components to synthesize noise well (as many as 25 per critical band of hearing under certain conditions ). When spectral peaks are that dense, they are no longer perceived individually, and it suffices to match only their statistics to a perceptually equivalent degree.
Sines+Noise (S+N) synthesis  generalizes the sinusoidal signal models to include a filtered noise component, as depicted in Fig.10.7. In that figure, white noise is denoted by , and the slowly changing linear filter applied to the noise at time is denoted .
The time-varying spectrum of the signal is said to be made up of a deterministic component (the sinusoids) and a stochastic component (time-varying filtered noise) [246,249]:
Filtering white-noise to produce a desired timbre is an example of subtractive synthesis . Thus, additive synthesis is nicely supplemented by subtractive synthesis as well.