b'Consumer Goods | Engineer InnovationSimcenter testing solutions andVery old violins are very different in the digital twins help reveal the dataway they are constructed, Sommati behind the sound. explains. It is quite a different world. New violins have their own positive Every single violinfrom a pricelessacoustic effects. A new instrument is Stradivarius to the violin a beginnernot necessarily going to sound worse plays in the school orchestrahas athan an antique one. You just have to unique personality. Besides subtleget used to the instrument that differences in the instrument itself,you play.such as shape and form, varnish, age, wood types and manufacturingThe goal of our project is not processes, string instruments arenecessarily to reproduce classic violins, influenced by the musicians individualbut rather to learn the secrets behind a technique as well. certain type of acoustic performance, says Ravina, a full professor at the What is the secret to creating a stellarPolytechnic School of the University of sound? What makes priceless violins soGenoa and a member of the governing exceptional that virtuosos clamour tocouncil of Associazione Liutaria Italiana play them? Genoa, Italy is the home of Il(ALI - the Italian Association of Stringed Cannone, a heritage violin dating fromInstrument Makers). This might be the 1743, and an unusual team of violinwood, the way it is constructed, the researchers. way it was repaired, the layers of different varnishes over the centuries, Professor Enrico Ravina and engineeror how it was stored or used. The Paolo Sivestri have been researching thenumber of possibilities that affect a acoustic performance of violins andcertain type of violin sound isnt string instruments for more than anecessarily a science. It is more of an decade, using a variety of Simcenterart, and we are trying to discover the software simulation and testing tools toengineering behind this art to help explore the data behind the sound. Toviolin makers create the best possible gain insight into the constructioninstruments today as well as offering a process, Pio Montanari, master violinpool of research information for future maker, joined the research project asrestoration purposes.did Pier Domenico Sommati, second principal violinist at the Genoa Opera.The data behind the soundAlthough not researchers, bothAs the testing team and Montanari Montanari and Sommati provide thelooked on, there was a tremor of magic hands-on experience and expertisein the air as soon as Sommatis bow required to help pinpoint what thisstruck the strings of Montanaris violin. novel research work will mean for theWhere did this magic come from? future of violinmaking and violinistsWhere is the science behind the sound?around the world.I try to put something new into every Art or science? instrument I make, says Montanari. Although Sommati normally plays aWe have been working with Professor violin dating from 1781 from VincenzoRavina for over ten years and I have Carcassi from Florence, he was morereally focused on precise elements of than eager to play one of Montanaristhe acoustics. Typically, it takes latest models for the test run. Using aMontanari one month to finish a violin customized sound array runningand several more weeks to varnish. He Simcenter SCADASTM hardware, testhas made more than 100 violins in his expert Sivestri collected unique acousticcareer although he quickly notes that he data from Montanaris new handcraftedspends a lot of his time repairing and violin as well as heritage data from aadjusting instruments as well. At the 1781 violin. moment, he has a special signature 5'