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Refining Sound

Refining Sound

A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers

  • Author: Brian K. Shepard
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199922942
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 237
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Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. As author, veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often-mysterious layers of sound synthesis one-by-one. The result is a book which allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work. The book follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression, starting readers at the raw materials of sound creation and ultimately bringing them to the final "polishing" stage. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, culminating in a last chapter that brings everything together as the reader creates his/her own complex sounds. Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations as well as by audio files and synthesis demonstrations on a related companion website. Each chapter contains easily digestible guided projects (entitled "Your Turn" sections) that focus on the topics of the corresponding chapter. In addition to this, one complete project will be carried through each chapter of the book cumulatively, allowing the reader to follow - and build - a sound from start to finish. The final chapter includes several sound creation projects in which readers are given types of sound to create as well as some suggestions and tips, with final outcomes is left to readers' own creativity. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is to understand exactly what each synthesizer component does independent of the synthesizer's numerous other components. Not only does this book thoroughly illustrate and explain these individual components, but it also offers numerous practical demonstrations and exercises that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these elements without the distraction of the other controls and modifiers. Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer.

Refining Sound

Refining Sound

A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers

  • Author: Brian K. Shepard
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199922969
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 237
  • View: 3482
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Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is understanding what all the individual synthesizer components contribute to the complex finished sound. Author and veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often-mysterious layers of sound synthesis one-by-one. The result is a book that allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work. Refining Sound follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression from the "raw materials" of sound waves through the various stages of the refinement process, ultimately bringing readers to the final "polishing" of their sounds with audio effects. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, and contains easily digestible guided projects (entitled "Your Turn" sections) that focus on the topics of the chapter. Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations and more than forty interactive synthesis demonstrations on the related companion website that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these concepts without the distraction of other synthesizer controls and modifiers. The final chapter brings everything together as the reader creates several common types of synthesizer sounds with detailed step-by-step instructions and explanations of the concepts behind those steps. With all of the sounds in the final chapter, readers are given suggestions and tips on ways to modify the sounds, with final outcomes left to the readers' own creativity.Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer.

How to Make a Noise

How to Make a Noise

A Comprehensive Guide to Synthesizer Programming

  • Author: Simon Cann
  • Publisher: Simon Cann
  • ISBN: 0955495504
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 277
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How To Make A Noise-perhaps the most widely read book about synthesizer programming-is a comprehensive, practical guide to sound design and synthesizer programming techniques using subtractive (analog) synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, additive synthesis, wave-sequencing, and sample-based synthesis. The book looks at programming using examples from six software synthesizers: Cameleon 5000 from Camel Audio, Rhino 2 from BigTick, Surge from Vember Audio, Vanguard from reFX, Wusikstation from Wusik dot com, and Z3TA+ from Cakewalk. Simon Cann is a musician and writer based in London. He is author of Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, Building a Successful 21st Century Music Career, and Sample This!! (with Klaus P Rausch). You can contact Simon through his website: www.noisesculpture.com.

Sound Synthesis and Sampling

Sound Synthesis and Sampling

  • Author: Martin Russ
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1136115099
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 464
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Sound Synthesis and Sampling provides a comprehensive introduction to the underlying principles and practical techniques applied to both commercial and research sound synthesizers. This second edition has been rigorously updated throughout and includes a new chapter on performance, examining how synthesizers have become embedded within more sophisticated musical performance instruments. Martin Russ' highly readable and non-mathematical approach makes the subject accessible whatever your level of experience. The book features: · Detailed illustrations to aid your understanding · Topics presented in bite-size sections within each chapter · Additional notes in the margin to reinforce important points · Examples of representative instruments and software · Time lines showing the development of a topic in its historical context · Questions at the end of each chapter for checking your comprehension · A glossary for quick reference · A jargon guide to demystify the varied terminology As such, the book is particularly suitable for students of music technology, audio engineering, acoustics, electronics and related courses. Musicians, engineers and multimedia specialists will also want to keep a copy to hand for reference. .

Creating Sounds from Scratch

Creating Sounds from Scratch

A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers

  • Author: Scott B. Metcalfe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019992189X
  • Category: Software synthesizers
  • Page: 352
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Creating Sounds from Scratch is a practical, in-depth resource on the most common forms of music synthesis. It includes historical context, an overview of concepts in sound and hearing, and practical training examples to help sound designers and electronic music producers effectively manipulate presets and create new sounds. The book covers the all of the main synthesis techniques including analog subtractive, FM, additive, physical modeling, wavetable, sample-based, and granular. While the book is grounded in theory, it relies on practical examples and contemporary production techniques show the reader how to utilize electronic sound design to maximize and improve his or her work. Creating Sounds from Scratch is ideal for all who work in sound creation, composition, editing, and contemporary commercial production.

The Synthesizer

The Synthesizer

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument

  • Author: Mark Vail
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199334854
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 432
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Electronic music instruments weren't called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen's development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin. From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid-century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices. Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts. In The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound. Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer; what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music; and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments. This one-stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much more.

Analog Synthesizers

Analog Synthesizers

Understanding, Performing, Buying--From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis

  • Author: Mark Jenkins
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1136122788
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 336
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In this book, the technical explanation of the nature of analog sound creation is followed by the story of its birth and its subsequent development by various designers, manufacturers and performers. The individual components of analog sound creation are then examined in detail, with step by step examples of sound creation techniques. Then the modern imitative analog instruments are examined, again with detailed instructions for programming and using them, and the book is completed with appendices listing the major instrument lines available, hints on values and purchasing, other sources of information, and a discography of readily available recordings which give good examples of analog sound synthesis. The CD which accompanies the book gives many examples of analog sound creation basics as well as more advanced techniques, and of the abilities of the individual instruments associated with classical and with imitative analog sound synthesis.

Programming Synthesizers

Programming Synthesizers

  • Author: Helen Casabona,David Frederick
  • Publisher: Alfred Music
  • ISBN: 9781457438905
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 48
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The second focus guide from Beginning Synthesizer. Instruction on Editing Presets, Editing in Performance and also includes musical examples and solos.

Stuff! Good Synth Players Should Know

Stuff! Good Synth Players Should Know

An A-Z Guide to Getting Better

  • Author: Mark Harrison
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781423457688
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 147
  • View: 4867
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(Keyboard Instruction). Take your playing from ordinary to extraordinary with this all-encompassing book/CD pack for synthesizer players. Whether your interest lies in keyboard synths or virtual software synths, you'll receive valuable tips on techniques to help your programming and performances become more professional. The accompanying CD contains 88 tracks that represent such styles as pop/rock, blues, funk, R&B, hip hop, house, trance, dramatic/film score, and new age. The CD's split-channel recording allows you to hear a full performance or to play along with only the backing band.

The Musical Art of Synthesis

The Musical Art of Synthesis

  • Author: Sam McGuire,Nathan Van der Rest
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1317570529
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 390
  • View: 7072
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New synths with unique features and layers of complexity are released frequently, with hundreds of different synths currently available in the marketplace. How do you know which ones to use and how do you get the most out of the ones you already own? The Musical Art of Synthesis presents synthesizer programming with a specific focus on synthesis as a musical tool. Through its innovative design, this title offers an applied approach by providing a breakdown of synthesis methods by type, the inclusion of step-by-step patch recipes, and extensive web-based media content including tutorials, demonstrations, and additional background information. Sam McGuire and Nathan van der Rest guide you to master synthesis and transcend the technical aspects as a musician and artist. Synths are presented using a multi-tiered system beginning with basic instructions for all common synth techniques. Historical information is included for each type of synth, which is designed to help you understand how each instrument relates to the bigger picture. Advanced level instruction focuses on modern implementations and on mobile devices, with special focus on performing and practical usage. The goal The Musical Art of Synthesis is to bring all of the different types of together in the same discussion and encourage you to see the similarities and differences that force you to gain a better overall understanding of the synthesis process. Key features of this title: • This book will teach you how to put synthesizers to use with easy-to-use synth patch recipes • Using a unique, multi-tiered approach applicable to the level of equipment in use, this publication introduces concepts that apply to a wide range of hardware/software synthesizers. • A robust companion website, featuring video demonstrations by synthesizer experts, further supports the book: www.focalpress.com/cw/mcguire

The Secrets of Analog & Digital Synthesis

The Secrets of Analog & Digital Synthesis

  • Author: Steve De Furia
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Computer composition
  • Page: 122
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The rudiments of sound synthesis are demonstrated in 5 lessons, on a wide range of synthesizers. Topics covered: the physical properties of sound; making sound; modifying sound; synthesizers and editing techniques; frequency modulation synthesis.

Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard

Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard

From Presets to Power User

  • Author: Simon Cann
  • Publisher: Nelson Education
  • ISBN: 1598637134
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 368
  • View: 3440
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"'Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User' is the first book that explains what a modular synthesizer is, how it works, and how to use software synthesizers to make music. The book takes a highly practical approach to the subject providing a readable guide which opens up the subject to a broad spectrum of readers. It begins by explaining what the basic building blocks of modular synthesis are, and how they interact. Then it continues to specific exercises utilizing software synthesizers that will be readily available to the reader, regardless of platform or digital audio workstation of choice"--Resource description p.

Desktop Audio Technology

Desktop Audio Technology

Digital Audio and MIDI Principles

  • Author: Francis Rumsey
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 0240519191
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 273
  • View: 8031
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In this thorough introduction to the technology behind audio workstations, Dr Francis Rumsey explains not only how digital audio works but also how to make best use of its capabilities. A combined revision of his two successful titles, MIDI Systems and Control and The Audio Workstation Handbook, this new book covers recent developments such as surround sound formats, direct stream digital, new audio project formats, new interfaces and alternatives to MIDI. Desktop Audio Technology begins by setting out principles of digital audio and how these are applied in recording, replay and editing within workstations. MIDI and synthetic audio control is then covered, looking at the means by which artificial sounds can be controlled and manipulated. This is followed by explanations of hardware, including storage devices, buses, computer interfaces and audio processing options. Dr Rumsey then focuses on transferring audio between systems, including coverage of audio interfaces, networking and file formats. The next section examines audio software, providing working examples of different commercial packages that exemplify some of the concepts previously described. The final chapter considers operational issues such as recent spatial reproduction formats, consumer format mastering and quality control issues, as well as troubleshooting and systems issues. If you are a student, lecturer or practitioner in the field of audio and are looking for an authoritative technical guide to the underlying principles of digital audio and MIDI, this book is for you. Dr Francis Rumsey is a Reader in Sound Recording at the University of Surrey (UK) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Music in Piteå (Sweden). He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a regular contributor to the AES Journal. Dr Rumsey is also author of Spatial Audio and co-author of Sound and Recording (with Tim McCormick) and The Digital Interface Handbook (with John Watkinson), all published by Focal Press. * Complex issues are covered in a lucid manner, accessible for those with little prior knowledge of the subject * Explains how to get the best results from your equipment and includes advice on troubleshooting when things go wrong * Written by a leading academic and Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society

Electro Shock!

Electro Shock!

Groundbreakers of Synth Music

  • Author: Greg Rule
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN: 9780879305826
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 248
  • View: 3368
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Offers interviews with the artists and groups behind electronica music, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, Kraftwerk, and others, along with background and technical details on the equipment they use.

The MIDI Manual

The MIDI Manual

A Practical Guide to MIDI in the Project Studio

  • Author: David Miles Huber
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1136119183
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 384
  • View: 5741
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The MIDI Manual is a complete reference on MIDI, written by a well-respected sound engineer and author. This best-selling guide provides a clear explanation of what MIDI is, how to use electronic instruments and an explanation of sequencers and how to use them. You will learn how to set up an efficient MIDI system and how to get the best out of your music. The MIDI Manual is packed full of useful tips and practical examples on sequencing and mixing techniques. It also covers editors/librarians, working with a score, MIDI in mass media and multimedia and synchronisation. The MIDI spec is set out in detail along with the helpful guidelines on using the implementation chart. Illustrated throughout with helpful photos and screengrabs, this is the most readable and clear book on MIDI available.

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming

The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design

  • Author: Jim Aikin
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781617745089
  • Category: Music
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 7233
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(Book). The A-to-Z coverage of synthesizer features in Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming will turn any synth owner into a power user! This book fills an enormous gap in the market, and is destined to become the standard text on the topic. Written by Jim Aikin, author of Keyboard magazine's long-running "Technology Basics" column and scores of authoritative product reviews of synthesizers over the past two decades, this book includes sound design projects, dozens of audio examples, and complete chapters on oscillators, envelope generators, and other nuts-and-bolts components. Rather than focus on one specific instrument, this book covers both the common elements found in all synthesizers and esoteric features found only in obscure or high-end gear. It maps out the components of contemporary synths in clear, concise detail, and discusses how they can be harnessed to achieve specific musical effects. Each chapter presents hands-on projects that help musicians hone their skills.

Quick Guide to Analogue Synthesis

Quick Guide to Analogue Synthesis

  • Author: Ian Waugh
  • Publisher: PC Pub
  • ISBN: 9781870775700
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 60
  • View: 9831
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Even though music production has moved into the digital domain, modern synthesisers invariably use analogue synthesis techniques. The reason is simple--analogue synthesis is flexible and versatile, and it's relatively easy for us to understand. The basics are the same for all analogue synths, and you'll quickly be able to adapt the principles to any instrument, to edit existing sounds and create exciting new ones. This book describes: How analogue synthesis works The essential modules every synthesiser has The three steps to synthesis How to create phat bass sounds How to generate filter sweeps Advanced synth modules How to create simple and complex synth patches Where to find soft synths on the Web If you want to take your synthesiser--of the hardware or software variety--past the presets, and program your own sounds and effects, this practical and well-illustrated book tells you what you need to know.

Steal this Sound

Steal this Sound

  • Author: Mitchell Sigman
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN: 1423492811
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 141
  • View: 8863
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A single-volume guide to recreating 100 top-selected synthesizer sounds from hit songs provides illustrated two-page spreads that list details about how the sound was originally created on professional-grade synthesizers and how to create the same sounds today using modern plug-ins and readily available software instruments. Original.

Computer Sound Design

Computer Sound Design

Synthesis techniques and programming

  • Author: Eduardo Miranda
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1136119655
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 263
  • View: 2174
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This comprehensive introduction to software synthesis techniques and programming is intended for students, researchers, musicians, sound artists and enthusiasts in the field of music technology. The art of sound synthesis is as important for the electronic musician as the art of orchestration is important for symphonic music composers. Those who wish to create their own virtual orchestra of electronic instruments and produce original sounds will find this book invaluable. It examines a variety of synthesis techniques and illustrates how to turn a personal computer into a powerful and flexible sound synthesiser. The book also discusses a number of ongoing developments that may play an important role in the future of electronic music making. Previously published as Computer Sound Synthesis for the Electronic Musician, this second edition features a foreword by Jean-Claude Risset and provides new information on: · the latest directions in digital sound representation · advances in physical modelling techniques · granular and pulsar synthesis · PSOLA technique · humanoid voice synthesis · artificial intelligence · evolutionary computing The accompanying CD-ROM contains examples, complementary tutorials and a number of synthesis systems for PC and Macintosh platforms, ranging from low level synthesis programming languages to graphic front-ends for instrument and sound design. These include fully working packages, demonstration versions of commercial software and experimental programs from top research centres in Europe, North and South America.

Dance Music Manual

Dance Music Manual

Tools, Toys, and Techniques

  • Author: Rick Snoman
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1136115749
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 528
  • View: 5490
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So you want to learn the ins and outs of creating dance music and looking to improve your production? Then this book is just for you. No matter what genre you are interested in- trance, techno, garage, chill out, house or what tool you are working with- Abelton, Reason, Reaktor or Absynth, Snowman covers every aspect of dance music production- from sound design, compression and effects to mixing and mastering to help you improve your music. No matter what you level of experience the Dance Music Manual is packed with sound advice, techniques and practical tips to help you achieve professional results. The CD provides demo tracks showing what can be achieved when applying the advice contained in the book, including examples of the quality difference before and after mixing and mastering. The CD also contains free software demos for you to download. For even more advice and resources, check out the book's official website www.dancemusicproduction.com