Physical Modeling Synthesis generates sound by modeling the physics of an instrument - for example, while a subtractive synth would make a piano sound by filtering a saw wave, a physical modelling synth would actually calculate the vibration of a piano string to generate the sound. Physical modeling synthesizers tend to be more CPU-heavy than their simple wave-generating synth counterparts due to the complex algorithms necessary to recreate the intricate harmonics and overtones of a plucked string or other physical surface.

Audio ExamplesEdit

Logic's Sculpture Tutorial

Ableton's Collision Drum Tutorial

Plug-In ExamplesEdit

Logic Sculpture

Ableton Collision