This paper presents a hybrid interface based on a touch-sensing keyboard which gives detailed expressive control over a physically-modeled guitar. Physical modeling allows realistic guitar synthesis incorporating many expressive dimensions commonly employed by guitarists, including pluck strength and location, plectrum type, hand damping and string bending. Often, when a physical model is used in performance, most control dimensions go unused when the interface fails to provide a way to intuitively control them. Techniques as foundational as strumming lack a natural analog on the MIDI keyboard, and few digital controllers provide the independent control of pitch, volume and timbre that even novice guitarists achieve. Most dimensions of guitar technique are controllable polyphonically, some of them continuously within each note.
Presented at SMC 2012 in Copenhagen. Link to paper: smcnetwork.org/system/files/smc2012-176.pdf