• Derailer Quad setup in Logic, Live and Studio One

    We have released a special version of Derailer for 4-channel audio setups, Derailer Quad. This places you at the heart of the resonator system, giving an immersive sound environment.  In this post we show you how to set up the plugin in Logic Pro, Ableton Live and Studio One. Derailer Quad provides 4 channels of …

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  • Derailer tutorial – Resonator

    In this post we examine the resonator section of our physical modelling instrument Derailer. The plugin uses mathematical models of three basic elements; stiff strings, metal bars, and nonlinear springs. The resonator uses the metal bars which can be connected together using the nonlinear springs. There are five bars and up to ten springs that …

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  • Derailer tutorial – Driver

    In this post we will look at the driver section of our physical modelling instrument Derailer. The plugin uses mathematical models of three basic elements; stiff strings, metal bars, and nonlinear springs. Details can be found in this technical paper. The driver section uses the stiff string element which can be plucked or bowed, alongside effects units such as a low-pass filter.

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  • Timbre 2020 keynote

    This video is the keynote talk given by Stefan at last year’s Timbre 2020 virtual conference. There’s an in-depth account of the development of physical modelling techniques for sound synthesis and it’s relation to control parameters and timbre, along with details of the models created during the NESS project.

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  • All new Derailer, Dual Spring Reverb and Dynamic Plate Reverb released

    We have released all new versions of our physical modelling instrument Derailer, and our Spring and Plate reverbs. These now support both macOS with AU, VST3 and AAX plugins, and Windows 10 with VST3 and AAX. Derailer has been redesigned to incorporate a driver/resonator setup, expanding the range of elements to include plucked or bowed …

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  • SMC 2021 Keynote

    Here’s the full video of our keynote speech at the Sound and Music Computing conference 2021. We look at some of the history of digital sound synthesis and physical modelling, as well as some of the latest research in the field. There’s also a preview of the all new Derailer and Dynamic Plate Reverb plugins. …

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  • TESTING SIMD PERFORMANCE ON APPLE’S NEW M1 PROCESSOR

    Here at Physical Audio we’re just preparing to launch new, updated versions of our instrument and reverb plugins. They have been rewritten in the JUCE framework to give multi-platform output. As part of the relaunch we need to test the plugins on Apple’s new hardware, the M1 processor, as found in the new Mac mini. In this post we’ll look at the performance of this processor using our Plate Reverb algorithm

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