The orchestral timpani are a key component in western classical music, although their weight, size, and fragility make their transportation very difficult. Current commercial software synthesizers for the Orchestral Timpani are primarily sample-based and work with a MIDI keyboard, giving the user control over the note amplitude and pitch. This approach implements a virtual five-piece set of orchestral timpani, which is controlled using a pressure-sensitive graphics tablet.
This project was carried out as my undergraduate thesis in the Informatics department of the Athens University of Economics and Business, supervised by Georgios Papaioannou. For more details on the project, check out the SMC 2010 paper.