Block-oriented Gray Box Modeling of Guitar Amplifiers

Felix Eichas; Stephan Möller; Udo Zölzer
DAFx-2017 - Edinburgh
In this work, analog guitar amplifiers are modeled with an automated procedure using iterative optimization techniques. The digital model is divided into functional blocks, consisting of lineartime-invariant (LTI) filters and nonlinear blocks with nonlinear mapping functions and memory. The model is adapted in several steps. First the filters are measured and afterwards the parameters of the digital model are adapted for different input signals to minimize the error between itself and the analog reference system. This is done for a small number of analog reference devices. Afterwards the adapted model is evaluated with objective scores and a listening test is performed to rate the quality of the adapted models.