Sound generation

The term ‘sound generation’ refers to the production of sound by means of digital instruments.

The most common ways by which sound is generated are:

  • Synthesis by oscillator: an oscillator is an entity that produces a periodically fluctuating signal.
  • Synthesis by complex modelling: uses mathematical models of real-world objects as the basis for sound generation.
  • Sampling:the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. This is typically done with a sampler, which can be a piece of hardware or a computer program on a digital computer.

After sound has been generated, it can be analysed, edited and encoded in a variety of different formats.

Related methods include: Sound analysis, Sound editing, Sound encoding and Sound recording.

tool: Pro Tools

Pro Tools is an audio creation and production software. With Pro Tools it is possible to compose, record, edit, and mix music or sound for picture — all within one system.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
Audio mixingPractice-led research
Music recognitionData capture
Sound analysisData analysis
Sound compressionData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingPractice-led research
Sound encodingData structuring and enhancement
Sound encoding - MIDIData structuring and enhancement
Sound generationData capture
Sound generationPractice-led research
Sound recordingData capture
Sound recordingPractice-led research
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Alternate tool(s):

Cubase, Reaper, Nuendo

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