Physical Models for Sound Synthesis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module gives an in-depth introduction to physical models for sound synthesis,including digital waveguide models, mass-spring systems and finite difference schemes. Students who complete this module will understand how to simulate physics based sound and music systems such as musical instruments and everyday objects.


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge as follows:                               

  • Must have knowledge about mass-spring systems, digital waveguides and numerical sound synthesis
  • Must be able to understand how to simulate the sound produced by a musical instrument or everyday object


Students who complete the module will gain skills as follows:

  • Must be able to apply knowledge to the creation of a physics based sound system.
  • Must be able to understand how to calculate and model forces of dynamic systems
  • Must be able to understand virtual analogue synthesis


Students who complete the module will gain competences as follows

  • Must be able to understand how to collaborate within teams designing, building and modelling physical artefacts
  • Must be able to synthesize methods for modelling of physical systems and analogies between various dynamic systems such as electronic and acoustics systems

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in § 17.



Name of examPhysical Models for Sound Synthesis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please see the semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFysiske modeller for lydsyntese
Module codeMSNSMCM2204
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sound and Music Computing)
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design