Faculty Advisor

Duckworth, R. James

Abstract

This project comprised the development of a digital music synthesizer capable of performing subtractive synthesis with several stages of audio effects processing. The system was implemented on the Zedboard, a development board with a Xilinx Zynq System-on-Chip, a multifunctional device which features a dual-core ARM microprocessor and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic. The completed synthesizer was capable of producing a wide variety of musical tones, many aspects of which were completely controllable by the user. Overall system control was provided by real-time embedded software running on the ARM microprocessor. Waveform generation and synthesizer effects modules were designed in Verilog and implemented in custom logic using fixed-point digital signal processing techniques.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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