Potentiometer law modelling and identification for application in physics-based Virtual Analogue circuits

Ben Holmes; Maarten Van Walstijn
DAFx-2019 - Birmingham
Physical circuit models have an inherent ability to simulate the behaviour of user controls as exhibited by, for example, potentiometers. Working to accurately model the user interface of musical circuits, this work provides potentiometer ‘laws’ that fit to the underlying characteristics of linear and logarithmic potentiometers. A strategy of identifying these characteristics is presented, exclusively using input/output measurements and as such avoiding device disassembly. By breaking down the identification problem into one dimensional, search spaces characteristics are successfully identified. The proposed strategy is exemplified through a case study on the tone stack of the Big Muff Pi.