Breath controlled physical model brass and woodwind synthesizer
EDIT: V4 now supports use by breath controllers, wind controllers, and mod wheels, using a new Air Pressure Type selection switch. No other changes have been made.
Silverwood is a synthesizer that mimics acoustic wind instruments. It contains no oscillators or envelope generators. Instead, it creates sounds using waveguide physical modeling synthesis and is activated by a wind or breath controller (and now by a mod wheel). It is monophonic.
Please note that without a wind or breath controller, Silverwood will make no sound. I'm currently using a TEC breath controller, available at http://www.tecontrol.se/products/usb-midi-breath-controller. It plugs right into my computer's USB port. It's very nice.
Five physical models are included: brass, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and recorder. After a sound is created by a model, it passes through an equalizer that mimics the bell of an acoustic instrument.
The snapshots include these acoustic instrument emulations:
Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Euphonium
Saxophones: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone
Double Reeds: Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon
Clarinets: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Flutes: Piccolo, Flute, Bass Flute
Other Pipes: Pan Pipes, Irish Whistle, Shakuhachi
Other Reeds: Uilleann Pipes, Scots Pipes, Accordion, Harmonica
Each snapshot responds to MIDI breath pressure (on CC2) and pitchbend data. Various other MIDI control sources are supported.
Snapshot names indicate the instrument’s natural range and the pitchbend effects. For example, the snapshot “Trumpet F#3-D6 +screech –falloff” indicates that the instrument is a trumpet, that it’s natural range is from F#3 to D6, that bending the pitch up adds screech, and that bending the pitch down adds falloff.
The sample mp3 demonstrates the oboe and bassoon emulations.
Many of the mouthpiece and bore designs are based on STK, created by Drs. Perry Cook and Gary Scavone.
The graphic control elements were created by Vera Kinter, at http://www.artvera-music.com, and were provided by Bernd Keil.
I wish to acknowledge these whose publications have assisted me in the creation of this instrument:
Dr. Jim Clark
Dr. Perry Cook
Mr. Kenneth Elhardt
Mr. Rob Hordijk
Dr. Toshifumi Kunimoto
Dr. Gary Scavone
Dr. Julius Smith
Dr. Vesa Välimäki