SynthBuilder and Frankenstein: Tools for the creation of musical physical models
Van Duyne, Scott
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SynthBuilder is a user-extensible, object-oriented, NEXTSTEP Music Kit application for interactive real-time design and performance of synthesizer patches (especially physical models) (Jaffe & Smith, 1983; Smith, 1987). Patches are represented by networks consisting of digital signal processing elements called unit generators and MIDI event elements called note filters and note generators. The Frankenstein box is a multi-DSP compute engine that was developed as a research platform (Putnam, 1996). The box communicates with an x86 host via an ISA interface card that resides in the host computer. Frankenstein currently contains 8 Motorola 56002 Evaluation Modules (EVMs), and it can be scaled to an additional 8 EVMs for a 16 EVM total. The outputs of EVMs can also be sent to an external mixer.