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Recent Advances in Real-Time Musical Effects, Synthesis, and Virtual Analog Models

  • Jyri Pakarinen1Email author,
  • Vesa Välimäki1,
  • Federico Fontana2,
  • Victor Lazzarini3 and
  • Jonathan S. Abel4
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20112011:940784

Received: 8 October 2010

Accepted: 5 February 2011

Published: 28 February 2011


This paper reviews some of the recent advances in real-time musical effects processing and synthesis. The main emphasis is on virtual analog modeling, specifically digital emulation of vintage delay and reverberation effects, tube amplifiers, and voltage-controlled filters. Additionally, adaptive effects algorithms and sound synthesis and processing languages are discussed.


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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Udine, Udine, Italy
Sound and Music Technology Research Group, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
CCRMA, Stanford University, Stanford, USA


© Jyri Pakarinen et al. 2011

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