Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Physics-Based Methods for Modeling Nonlinear Vibrating Strings

Buy Article:

$25.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Nonlinearity in the vibration of a string is responsible for interesting acoustical features in many plucked string instruments, resulting in a characteristic and easily recognizable tone. For this reason, synthesis models have to be capable of modeling this nonlinear behavior, when high quality results are desired. This study presents two novel physical modeling algorithms for simulating the tension modulation nonlinearity in vibrating strings in a spatially distributed manner. The first method uses fractional delay filters within a digital waveguide structure, allowing the length of the string to be modulated during run time. The second method uses a nonlinear finite difference approach, where the string state is approximated between sampling instants using similar fractional delay elements, thus allowing run-time modulation of the temporal sampling location. The magnitude of the tension modulation is evaluated from the elongation of the string at every time step in both cases. Simulation results of the two models are presented and compared. Real-time sound synthesis of the kantele, a traditional Finnish plucked-string instrument with strong effect of tension modulation, has been implemented using the nonlinear digital waveguide algorithm.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2005

More about this publication?
  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Information for Advertisers
  • Online User License
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more