The caterpillar system for data-driven concatenative sound synthesis

Diemo Schwarz
DAFx-2003 - London
Concatenative data-driven synthesis methods are gaining more interest for musical sound synthesis and effects. They are based on a large database of sounds and a unit selection algorithm which finds the units that match best a given sequence of target units. We describe related work and our C ATERPILLAR synthesis system, focusing on recent new developments: the advantages of the addition of a relational SQL database, work on segmentation by alignment, the reformulation and extension of the unit selection algorithm using a constraint resolution approach, and new applications for musical and speech synthesis.