(joint meeting with Delaware Valley Acoustical Society of America and The Philadelphia Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society)

Parametric Sound Synthesis Techniques: Generating Sound Effects in Real Time

Perry Cook
Princeton University

There can be more to real-time interactive sound than the playback of processed pre-recorded PCM sounds. For offline production, parametric synthesis can provide alternatives to PCM and traditional foley methods for adding sound effects. This talk will cover models and techniques for the parametric digital synthesis of sounds based on the physics of sound producing interactions and objects. Emphasis will be placed on providing well-founded methods and techniques for the synthesis of real-world interactive sound effects from parametric computational models. There will be demonstrations illustrating the use of real time sound synthesis and control.

Perry Cook is Associate Professor of Computer Science, with a joint appointment in Music, at Princeton University. He has authored over 90 publications in the areas of sound synthesis and processing, expressive human interfaces for sound and music control, speech and singing synthesis, and audio compression. He is a frequent presenter at SIGGRAPH, presenting courses and panels on computational sound, and co-authoring a sound paper last year with James O'Brien and Georg Essl. He is editing a special summer 2002 (SIGGRAPH) sound issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, entitled "Virtual Worlds, Real Sounds." He will also publish a new book on computational sound called "Real Sound Synthesis for Interactive Applications," on AK Peters Press in the summer of 2002.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2002, 8:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, Sarnoff Corporation, 201 Washington Road (Rt 571 1/4 mile south of US 1), Princeton, NJ

Additional Information: Dennis Mancl (908) 582-7086, or David Soll (215) 854-3461
A pre-meeting dinner with the speaker is held at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Scupper on Alexander Road in Princeton. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with an e-mail to

Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society meeting are open to the public. Students and their parents are welcome. There is no admission charge, and refreshments are served.