Researchers from the Musical Acoustics Laboratories of the Politecnico di Milano at the Violin Museum in Cremona, Italy, have created an AI capable of predetermine the sound of musical instruments like the violin before they are built by a craftsman
AI can predict instrument sounds
This research is mainly focused on the violin. The the researchers used a breakthrough neural network with a single hidden layer and a sigmoid activation function connected to a linear output layer. The system is fed with 20 measurement parameters to determine the contour shape. Then it returns the natural frequency or the modal frequency values of the first 10 vibratory modes of the violin plates.
When tested, the researchers observed that the system has an accuracy of almost 98%. This opens the possibility for violin makers to experiment with materials for greater efficiency before implementing them. However, it remains to be seen whether a commercially viable service emerges from this research.
The research article explores the methods the researchers used along with their findings in the process. If you are interested in learning more about this, you can read the full report of the report entitled ‘A Data-Driven Approach to Violin Making’ published in the journal Nature on the right here.
“The ability to predict what a violin’s design will sound like can really be a game changer for violin makers, as it will not only help them do better than the grandmasters, but it will also help them explore the potential of new designs and materials. , “ the researchers wrote in the report.