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...

Cabasa

The ‘cabasa’, just like the ‘shekere’, is a percussion instrument made of steel ball chains looped around a large cylinder. The cylinder sits attached to a long, thin wooden, plastic or metal handle. It is a popular hand percussion instrument,...

Melodica

The melodica, like the pump organ and harmonica, is a free-reed instrument. Performers blow air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole on the side of the instrument. A musical keyboard lies on top. Pressing a key opens a hole, and enables air to flow through the...

Steelpan

The steelpan, a fairly newly developed instrument sticks out for its simplicity. This instrument, produced entirely of industrial refuse, has become a cultural symbol in Trinidad and Tobago. It consists of a gleaming metal surface with a hammered pattern of dents...

Metronome

A metronome is a device that generates an audible click or another sound at a predetermined interval. Often they use beats per minute (BPM) as a measure. Musicians use the device to practice playing to a steady beat. Its form and application to musical life took...