Designer Paul Vo shared this preview of his EMpick – the latest incarnation of his ideas about Acoustic Synthesis.
Vo previously created the Moog Guitar, the VO-96 guitar and the Vo Wond. Each gives the player control over the harmonics produced by vibrating strings – a physical variation on additive synthesis.
Vo’s preview video, above, demonstrates the use of very high speed digital signal processing code to allow the selective drive and suppression of individual harmonics, the basis for Acoustic Synthesis. Vo envisions this technology being used with all types of stringed instruments, including guitars and pianos.
Here’s a video from a few years ago, in which Vo explains Acoustic Synthesis and how he implemented it on the Vo-96 guitar:
You can follow Vo’s work via the blog on his site.