The Vibraphone – Orchestral Percussions

The most recent addition to the repertoire of orchestral percussion instruments is the vibraphone (also known as the vibraharp or vibes), with its early origins dating back to the vaudeville era of the 1920s. The onomatopoeic name vibraphone refers to the vibrating...

The Timpani – Orchestral Percussions

The timpani, also known as kettledrum, is an established member of the symphony orchestra and probably one of the percussion instruments with the longest tradition. In the 13th century, the Crusaders and Saracens brought the first timpani to southern and western...
Using Formants to Synthesize Vowel Sounds

Using Formants to Synthesize Vowel Sounds

What are Formants?     Formants are the characteristic amplitude peaks in the spectrum of resonant sound sources. They result due to excitation of fixed resonant chambers and are the most significant contribution to the timbre of tonal instruments. In...