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Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:43 pm

hey all
Well i have left over book vouchers from christmas..
Can anyone recommend a good book on the subject?
I would be happy with a fairly in depth read

Thanks
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:00 pm

Thanks chris..
I'll take a look at those alrigh,read some already..
Looking for a hard copy too, since i have vouchers..

Cheers man! 8-)
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Kevin Nolan » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:21 pm

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:21 pm

Kevin Nolan wrote:"The Computer Music Tutorial" is THE source for the theory behind synthesis and audio DSP

You can preview it on books.google.com:

http://books.google.com/books?id=nZ-TetwzVcIC&dq=computer+music+tutorial&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=NSFWS6WwI5Lu0gTewPGzCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CB4Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=&f=false

And buy it in all good book shops and on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Music-Tutorial-Curtis-Roads/dp/0262680823

Thanks Kevin :beamup:
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby gryfyx » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:32 pm

You guys will be surprised but this topic of sound design and sound synthesis books has been a place to build a fight club here.

Anyways, I'll back the same books I mentioned earlier in that fight club thread: 'Sound Synthesis and Sampling' by Martin Russ, if I'm in a budding phase of synthesis.
And thereafter I'll graduate to,
'Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds: The Sound of Music (Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing)' by James W. Beauchamp
Also,
'The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Mixing and Mastering Audio Recordings' by Bill Gibson.
I also refer to Bob Katz and documents of Berkley University - which one can dig online. :tongue:
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby geefunk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:51 pm

For sound design there's this
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby torinkrell » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:09 am

For amazingly useful in depth coverage of analog synthesis try to find the rare publication
The Complete Guide to Synthesizers by Devarahi.
Other useful books include:
Electronic Music by Allen Strange,
Synthesizer Basics by the editors of Keyboard Magazine, and
Synthesizer Techniques by the editors of Keyboard Magazine.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby SecretSam » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:31 pm

The Allen Strange book is available for about US$15 as a download on the Primis website (McGraw Hill academic books for higher education site). Or US$90 secondhand from Amazon if you really must have a hard copy (it's out of print).
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby hibrasil » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:42 pm

If your interested in sound design and synthesis from a computer music perspective, I would recommend "Designing Sound" by Andy Farnell:

http://aspress.co.uk/

Also check out "computer music" by Dodge and Jerse:

http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Music-Synthesis-Composition-Performance/dp/0028646827

I prefer this one to Curtis Road's book, because it has a lot less outdated information.

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby gryfyx » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:23 am

Uhhh! If a strong foundation build with mathematics and some analytical approach of engineering has driven you to synthesis then I must recommend this haven of digital signal processing.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Psychopat » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:11 pm

thank you all
but which one is better for a complete beginner to analogue modular systems?
i just read the Gordon Reid Synth Secrets and it's the best so far )
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby gryfyx » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:06 am

Psychopat wrote:thank you all
but which one is better for a complete beginner to analogue modular systems?
i just read the Gordon Reid Synth Secrets and it's the best so far )

You had just read one of the best source of electronic sound synthesis tutorial (Although its funny that even after it has been more than a decade since these articles were published, they are still called secrets).

And if you have already finished reading Gordon Reid then you must not still be a complete beginner to analogue modules. For further reading I'll recommend - 'Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds: The Sound of Music (Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing)' by James W. Beauchamp, which I had already mentioned in this thread earlier.

I enjoy these secrets as well. Learnt a lot from these.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:56 am

Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident ;)


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby gryfyx » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:18 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident

Fully agreed, Martin. Funniest part is that when you have so so many tutorials in videos and books, you may start feeling that music is methodical and formulaic, which is fatal.

Trial and error technique gives lot of space for innovation. I might forget lot of things that I read, but I'll never forget what I'll figure out on my own.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby hollowsun » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:22 pm

This is a tutorial wot I writ for Alesis for newbies to the Alesis Fusion.

Analogue Synthesis Tutorial

Although written for Fusion users, it isn't at all 'Fusion-centric' but a real back-to-basics breakdown of what each module does and why and applies to ANY analogue synth, modular, pre-patched, VA, hardware, software, whatever.

I gather some universities use it on their courses... so I've been told.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:14 am

hollowsun wrote:I gather some universities use it on their courses... so I've been told.

Fame at last eh Steve? :beamup:

And you're contributing to the education of the nation 8-)


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Exalted Wombat » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:36 am

Martin Walker wrote:Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident ;)

When a synth voice had essentially 4 controls, you could work that way. Though I wish someone had told me the concept of balancing other settings so that 99% of a given knob's travel wasn't "dead space" (have I explained that clearly?) a little sooner. Much the same idea as gain staging through a mixer channel. I suppose you MIGHT work it out for yourself, but a little tuition avoids a lot of dead ends.

Once FM synthesis arrived, I think the chance of doing anything useful by pure intuition effectively vanished! Let alone the incredibly powerful but almost impenetrable VAST synthesis engine on my Kurzweil keyboards. Getting anything out of that without "standing on the shoulders of giants" would be highly unlikely!
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Michael Dow » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:57 pm

Nice, that juno 6 drawbar organ preset i just had a go at on my juno-60 and as i thought, it was exactly the same as one i'd already done :lol:
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Zukan » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:18 am

Exalted Wombat wrote:
Martin Walker begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting wrote:Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident ;)

When a synth voice had essentially 4 controls, you could work that way. Though I wish someone had told me the concept of balancing other settings so that 99% of a given knob's travel wasn't "dead space" (have I explained that clearly?) a little sooner. Much the same idea as gain staging through a mixer channel. I suppose you MIGHT work it out for yourself, but a little tuition avoids a lot of dead ends.

Once FM synthesis arrived, I think the chance of doing anything useful by pure intuition effectively vanished! Let alone the incredibly powerful but almost impenetrable VAST synthesis engine on my Kurzweil keyboards. Getting anything out of that without "standing on the shoulders of giants" would be highly unlikely!

Exalted, I think once you get a bit tech anal, like some of us here, then the VAST engine becomes a dream to use.

FM is another ballgame entirely and requires the use of heavy drugs and a social problem.

TBH, I love FM too.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Zukan » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:20 am

Martin Walker begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting wrote:Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident ;)


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby gryfyx » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:13 pm

Zukan wrote:
Martin Walker begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting wrote:Ironically most musicians starting out with modular synths in the early days did so on a ‘suck it and see’ basis, and discovered many useful things by accident ;)


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Epic... LOL.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:10 pm

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby soundbyter » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:46 pm

For synthesis - Roads' "Computer Music Tutorial"
For sound design - Sonnenschein's "Sound Design"
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