Gerald Peter: musician, composer, technology enthusiast 1000 812 Audio Modeling

Gerald Peter: musician, composer, technology enthusiast

According to Gerald Peter, what you can do with Audio Modeling’s SWAM engine is simply “amazing”. The Vienna-native composer, producer and famous keyboardist states: “It allows you to make the different instruments like strings or breath-controlled instruments sounding so realistic, just from you playing the keyboard in real time. That’s really cool!”

The young talent – he was born in 1986 – first raised public awareness in the prog rock scene in 2013, with a deliciously conceptual album titled “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms” by his 8-piece band Circle of Illusion. The album was the perfect medium to show Gerald’s extraordinary ability behind the keyboards, but also his noticeable skills as composer and producer.

Many noticed Peter’s extreme versatility and knack, to the point that “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms” was listen on Jordan Rudess’ (keyboardist of Dream Theater) featured artist site and ranked on the 2013 top albums lists of several specialized music magazines, such progarchives.com, musicinbelgium.net, myglobalmind.com.

Two years later, in 2015, Gerald released his debut album “Chameleon Lab Explosion” along with his 4- piece band Inspirational Corner: an explosive synergy between fusion, jazz and funk that didn’t fail to impress several German music magazines.

Peter’s achievements are many: from being on tour with the worldwide-renowned Cirque du Soleil – VOLTA to becoming a ROLI product specialist and active seaboard performer, from creating a variety of performance videoclips on YouTube to performing with the seaboard at the NAMM show in California, Musikmesse in Frankfurt, and at many other workshops and exhibitions all over Europe. More recently, in 2018, Gerald took part in the NAMM show with a live demonstration of the iOS instrument GeoShred on the iPhone in cooperation with moForte and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.

But what about his latest work? Peter is out with an EP titled “Incremental Changes – Part One with The Gerald Peter Project”, the first part of a trilogy aimed to explore the combination of his skills in terms of performance, audio and video production, composition. A multi-layered work of art that fully displays the wide-ranging talent of this music professional.

Of course, SWAM couldn’t be anything but one of the most appropriate means to express such a multi-layered and complex approach to music.

Take a look at the recent interview Gerald gave to Stefano Lucato, CEO at Audio Modeling!


Flexible, expressive and highly performing: an in-depth look to SWAM instruments 800 406 Audio Modeling

Flexible, expressive and highly performing: an in-depth look to SWAM instruments

Apart from their uncanny ability to perfectly replicate the sound and dynamics of traditional musical instruments, SWAM instruments are also playable “out of the box”. Launched with a default keyboard setting, they allow the musician to play these virtual instruments by only using a keyboard and, as they do that, they manage to show good articulation and legato with a reasonable degree of smoothness.

Reducing SWAM instruments to this, though, would be fallacious, since what we just listed is just the beginning. With the use of other types of controllers, such as expression pedals, new expressive instruments like ROLI Seaboard or LinnStrument, or wind or breath controllers, the level of expressiveness of these virtual instruments expands to an even higher level. The SWAM engine provides settings for these different types of controllers, therefore making the initial setup of the basic functions much easier for the performer.

There are also additional settings for each instrument on the main page of the GUI: they can modify timbre, tone color, sound behavior and transposition of the instrument, just to name a few of their options.

Many of these control parameters can be mapped to the controller: for example, the harmonic structure parameter can be mapped to CC2 Breath so that breath input will alter the harmonic structure of the instrument in much the same way the tonal quality of a real wind instrument changes in character as breath pressure increases.

There are several other similar adjustments and mappings available and, with experimentation, any performer can very easily create instrument variations that are utterly personal to their specific style and tonal aesthetics.

Additional performance effects such as Growl and Flutter Tongue can too be mapped to any control (e.g. slider, knob, etc.), along with overblow and fall-down that can be used with Key Switches. SWAM instruments also have micro-tuning capabilities that can be set up in the options page of the GUI. This gives SWAM instruments the ability to perform on different scales or tunings, as required in experimental compositions or ethnic musical genres.

Thanks for their unique flexibility, expressiveness and quality, these virtual instruments can be used during live performances in a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to jazz, from popular to ethnic. At the same time, SWAM instruments are just as valuable in terms of recording and music production.

SWAM instruments are provided as plugins that will run on virtually any host, both on PC and Mac. They have been tested extensively on the most common DAWs, like Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, ProTools GarageBand, etc, and work perfectly in live performance hosts such as Camelot – our revolutionary live performance software – and Cantabile, MainStage, Plogue Bidule, Gig Performer, and many more.

Are you ready to begin?

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The importance of user research to build new instruments

The importance of user research to build new instruments, by Simone Capitani (UX Designer at Audio Modeling)

User Experience Design and User Research are widely applied to Web Development, field that has a very fast pace in finding new tools and development techniques.

Applying and adapting those tools on making any digital product, and in particular musical instruments can improve drastically the quality of the product and the satisfaction for the final end user.

Here at Audio Modeling we have started to perform User interviews to get insights from musicians at all levels. The work of a UX Designer (User experience designer) is to find the sweet spot between the user needs and technical feasibility.

SWAM Instruments are expressive instruments, they have a unique sound engine capable of reproducing a very natural behaviour when played controlling continuously in real time the sound parameters.

So we have interviewed many musicians asking to talk about their story and the importance of playing expressively.

The following video is just a short part of the interview to Dom Sigalas, Film Composer and Music Producer.

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Bruce Miller: an incredible journey through music in various media

Detroit-native Bruce Miller is considered one of the most talented composers, arrangers and conductors of modern times. Starting his career on the local jazz and R&B scene as a guitarist and saxophonist, Miller was completely immersed in the professional music scene at a very early age. The thrill and buzz that accompanied the momentum also helped him develop his talent and inspiration: a lot was happening around town all the time, and from live shows in jazz clubs to commercials, from major acts to records, the Detroit music scene was extremely lively.

During his stay into the Army, Bruce became part of a military jazz band based in Colorado Springs, “The NORAD Commanders” and spent the next three years writing, playing music and performing at various venues throughout the USA and Canada. Obviously, once his military obligation was fulfilled, he went back to music full-time becoming Paul Anka’s musical director and conductor. Another three years passed, turning into a pivotal moment in Miller’s life in terms of experience and musical abilities. Of course, many people noticed his talent and soon Bruce moved to the West Coast, in Los Angeles.

The timeline of this multifaceted, versatile artist is a never-ending string of well-known names:  The Temptations, The Commodores, The Four Tops, Rose Royce, Joss Stone, Rod Steward. Miller’s talent and skill moved flawlessly through time and through different genres, and it’s not surprising to discover that his composer roster became wider, too, as he started working for television music, with credits for worldwide renowned TV shows such as “Frasier,” “Becker,” “Designing Women,” “Wings,” “The (new) Odd Couple,” and two “Bonanza”-

Then, in 1997, through longtime collaborator Thomason, Miller was brought on as a Musical Director for the G8 Summit in Denver, Colorado. As arranger and conductor of the 45-member orchestra, during the event Bruce performed with music legends such as Chuck Berry, Lyle Lovett, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Eartha Kitt, Crystal Gayle, Jennifer Holiday, Sounds Of Blackness, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Miller was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for Best Arranger (Music Direction) for the Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration, and then a second time in 1994 for Best Theme for “Frasier.” Throughout his career, he won sixteen BMI TV and Film awards, fourteen SESAC awards, and the prestigious SESAC “Legacy” award (2012). Countless are his gold and platinum records for his tireless and innovative work with many A-listers in the music industry.

Bruce, still very much active both as a composer and arranger, currently works with his son Jason and among the many titles in their carnet are TV shows, commercials, records, and “Shoulders,” the documentary defining the relationship between 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her mother, Dorothy Rodham.

Bruce Miller is among the artists using and praising Audio Modeling’s solutions, which he defines as instruments able to “save him from stress”. And we are so happy they do! Thank you for being with us, Bruce!

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Audio Modeling at NAMM Show 2019

Audio Modeling will be present at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California from January 24th to 27th.

At booth #10616, Hall A (see it on the map) you can find both the SWAM virtual instruments and Camelot, the new multi-platform software for live performance management.

Among the artists who will play with SWAM and Camelot are: Dan Radlauer, Fulya Celikel, Gerald Peter, and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater keyboardist).

In addition, SWAM’s inventor, Stefano Lucato, will be available to talk about SWAM’s musical instruments, give advice on how to use them, and listen to feedback / suggestions from SWAM users.

Also, Camelot will be a guest of Yamaha Synth to showcase the power of integration with the Montage and MODX instruments is (Thursday 24th at 3pm, Friday 25th at 2:40pm).

See below for the full schedule of the demos we will offer at the Audio Modeling booth.


Artist: “Dino Soldo” 1000 667 Audio Modeling

Artist: “Dino Soldo”

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Stop listening, start playing 800 450 Audio Modeling

Stop listening, start playing

SWAM Instruments provide the control every musician needs.

Have you ever composed or played with a sample library? The way a sax or violin sound evolves is the result of studio recording. It’s a kind of “picture”, taken from another musician playing a sax or a violin for you. You can combine it with other sounds, tweak it, and get inspired from it, but because someone else has recorded it for you (even if very well), can you really express yourself totally with it?

SWAM is not just a great technology for modeling acoustic instruments: it is a philosophy of making music with digital instruments. Our aim at Audio Modeling is not only to replicate accurately the sound of an acoustic instrument. We also want to provide its behaviour – how the instrument reacts under the hands of the musician – and to recreate the bidirectional feeling and link between the artist and the instrument.

Now that you have the power of the SWAM acoustic instrument model, how can you interact with it?  How can you best express your musical ideas on the digital instrument? You need one or more controllers.

Using the MIDI protocol, controllers communicate with computers and digital instruments. They are able to tweak the instruments’ parameters that affect the sound generation. There are a huge number of MIDI controllers on the market but we would like to focus especially on continuous controllers.

A continuous controller is the hero of the SWAM engine instruments story because it is capable of sending real-time messages, for example, to set the expression (dynamic) level, the bow or breath pressure, or the speed of the vibrato. The result of this is that the musician gets the natural behaviour he or she has in mind.

Here are the controllers we will describe in more detail over the coming weeks:

  • Expression Pedal
  • After touch & Pressure
  • Breath & Wind Controller with “Bite” feature option
  • Knobs and Faders
  • Ribbon and Pads
  • Modulation Wheel
  • Pitch Bend Joystick
  • Accelerometers on Rings shape controllers and other devices
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Ready to change history?

Meet Audio Modeling, the almost-futuristic project based on the talents of Stefano Lucato and Emanuele Parravicini, two men described by ROLI as “the maestros of virtual acoustic instruments”. In order to understand why Audio Modeling and its solutions are ultimately always one step forward, first we need to move a step back, and explore its origins.

The Beginning

Although Audio Modeling was founded on March 17, 2017, and began selling its own products on November 22, 2017, its real inception dates back to 2003, when Stefano Lucato began his collaboration with Giorgio Tommasini. The project “Stradivari Violin” was the milestone that generated the butterfly effect, ending with Audio Modeling itself.

Stradivari Violin” was a revolutionary, virtual violin based both on an innovative technological process created by Giorgio Tommasini and on a series of techniques (created by Lucato) that allowed a real-time control of the instrument. The enjoyed

immediate success.

The Next Steps

While Giorgio Tommasini and Peter Siedlaczek, through their Samplemodeling project, began  work on developing “The Trumpet”, Lucato began his own work on a series of Saxophones, “The Sax Brothers”: a sample library for Kontakt with an extensive scripting and sample processing.

The Sax Brothers” was a unique project based on proprietary technology called SWT – Synchronous Wave Triggering, which is able to model efficiently the samples both in dynamics and pitch. Yet, the platform did not support the implementation of specific techniques that would allow Lucato to achieve exactly what he had in mind: complete realism.

Time to Move On

In 2009, Lucato decided to create his own platform, and got in touch with Emanuele Parravicini. It was the beginning of a solid, long-lasting collaboration and friendship. It was also the root of SWAM – Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling, born from Lucato’s idea and Parravicini’s active contribution.

What is SWAM? Simply put, SWAM is a new way not only to conceive virtual instruments but also to process samples and implement Physical models. SWAM is not “just” a technology, but more like a philosophy: a modus operandi aiming at the overall coherence of any musician-instrument. SWAM offers versatility, flexibility, and a more natural playing experience: in one word, realism.

Toward Audio Modeling

After years of fruitful collaboration and the implementation of a new series of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, double reeds, solo strings, it was time to push the envelope even further. It would then take more than two years before the ideas and vision became what we know now as Audio Modeling: the leading brand in the technological evolution of the music industry.


Talent loves company. Good products and groundbreaking technologies not only find their place in this world of constant progression, but also in the audience’s widespread appreciation. It may not surprise you to learn that, in just over a year of activity, Audio Modeling has already established several international partnerships with renowned brands such as ROLI, Fatar, Yamaha, Enhancia, Aodyo, and many others. The company is also an active member of the MMA (Midi Manufacturers Association) and boasts a network of resellers all over the world.


For Audio Modeling, being the reference point in the expressive acoustic instruments field is not enough. In 2015, Lucato and Parravicini met with Simone Capitani, a talented UX designer.  Camelot, born as a result of Simone Capitani’s innovative vision and the contributions by Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater keyboardist), is the multi-platform software designed for live performance management, allowing the interconnection of hardware and software tools in a simple, immediate way that has never developed before. Camelot is developed and marketed by Audio Modeling, in partnership with and Fatarworld leader in keyboard manufacturing.


Being talented is great. However, sharing your know-how is even better. That’s why Audio Modeling is especially dedicated to Music Education. We collaborate with different educational institutes and universities, and with foundations whose goal is to help people with disabilities find absolute joy through musical expression.

All students and teachers can benefit from a 50% discount on all Audio Modeling products.

The team

Audio Modeling is its people. Our team is constantly growing, to the point that we will soon inaugurate a new headquarters. We will celebrate, together!

A new online platform

Audio Modeling’s new website aims to express the peculiarities and complexities, the vision and mission of the brand. Also available in its mobile version, is a more complete, clearer and interactive platform that will allow users to understand fully what the entire project is about.

Our new online Community is a place for sharing your ideas, opinions, presets, and demos. Our Customer Portal allows you to download the latest version of our software along with manuals and tutorials and also offers complete management of your license keys and product activations.

The future? It starts today

Tomorrow begins now, and Audio Modeling is already on board. We are constantly working to design and create new products, and our next project is to complete the main orchestral instruments within the entirety of the Brass family. We also are very much aware of the importance of deploying solutions for mobile devices, and are therefore moving in that direction.

But what about Camelot? Well, we expect to release it very soon, and it will propel us to another, wider, industry. Just wait and see.

We are already writing the new chapter of our history. Are you with us?