Prepared Piano Sound Synthesis

Stefan Bilbao; John ffitch
DAFx-2006 - Montreal
A sound synthesis algorithm which simulates and extends the behaviour of the acoustic prepared piano is presented. The algorithm is based on a finite difference approximation to multiple stiff string vibration, including an excitation method (a hammer) as well as several connected preparation elements, modeled as lumped nonlinearities. Numerical issues and implementation details are discussed, and sound examples are presented.