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The Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis
Book Review
 Reviews  March 2013

Rob Papen is a well-known Dutch sound designer and creator of a variety of software virtual synthesizers, including Predator,...

The Secret Of The Big Red Button
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  July 2004
After over five years, Synth Secrets reaches its conclusion (and conclusions!). Will we ever look at synthesis in quite the same way again?

More Creative Synthesis with Delays
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  June 2004
In the penultimate instalment of this long-running series, we delve deeper into what can be achieved with just a few delays and some creative routing...

Creative Synthesis With Delays
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  May 2004
Effects can play just as important a role in sound creation as the elements in a synth's signal path — provided you have access to their constituent parts. We take a closer look at effects synthesis using simple delays.

From Analogue To Digital Effects
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  April 2004
When synthesizing sounds, the effects you place after your synth's output are often as important as the synth itself (just think of last month's Leslie). As we near the end of Synth Secrets, we consider how a digital effects processor works.

Synthesizing The Rest Of The Hammond Organ: Part 3
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  March 2004
We conclude our analysis of the fabulously complex beast that is the Leslie rotary speaker.

Synthesizing The Rest Of The Hammond Organ: Part 2
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  February 2004
As with so much surrounding the Hammond organ, there's much more to the Leslie rotary speaker than meets the eye, and synthesizing its effects involves considerably more than just adding vibrato, as we find out this month...

Synthesizing Hammond Organ Effects: Part1
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  January 2004
So, you can synthesize a Hammond's tonewheel generator -- but what about its all-important effects? This month, we look at recreating the Hammond's percussion, vibrato, overdrive, and reverb -- and find that it's harder than you might think...

Synthesizing Tonewheel Organs: Part2
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  December 2003
If you followed last month's advice, you'll know how to synthesize a basic Hammond tone on a Roland Juno 6. But can the same technique be applied to any other synth?

Synthesizing Tonewheel Organs
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  November 2003
Long before Bob Moog built his first synth, there was the Hammond tonewheel organ; effectively an additive synthesizer, albeit electro-mechanical rather than electronic. So emulating a Hammond with an analogue synth shouldn't be too hard, right? Well...

Practical Flute Synthesis
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  October 2003
As we saw last month, there's much to synthesizing a convincing flute sound — and yet basic analogue monosynths have offered reasonable flute patches for 30 years. Surely the process can be simplified?

Synthesizing Simple Flutes
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  September 2003
The Monty Python team once famously claimed that being able to play the flute was a simple matter of 'blowing here, and moving your hands up and down here'. But there's a lot more to it than that...

Synthesizing Pan Pipes
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  August 2003
The characteristic sound of flute-like instruments is complex — but fortunately not so complex that it can't be emulated fairly successfully with a synthesizer...

Synth Secrets
Articulation & Bowed-string Synthesis
 Technique : Synthesis  July 2003
The skilful articulation of a synthesized string patch can improve it no end, even one created using very basic building blocks, as we saw at the end of last month. But we can take this approach much further...

Practical Bowed-string Synthesis (continued)
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  June 2003
After putting all our bowed-string synthesis theory into practice on a Korg 700 last month, we found that the result was only acceptable as a string sound with a lot of wishful thinking. Can we improve on it?

Synth Secrets: Practical Bowed-string Synthesis
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  May 2003
Having looked at the mechanics of how a bowed string instrument generates its sound last month, it's time to put these principles into practice, using nothing more complex than a miniKorg 700 monophonic synth...

Synthesizing Bowed Strings: the Violin family
Synth Secrets
 Technique : Synthesis  April 2003
Following our success at synthesizing the sound of analogue string machines, we hone our techniques with a view to recreating the sound of the real thing...

Synth Secrets
Synthesizing Strings • PWM & String Sounds
 Technique : Synthesis  March 2003
Pulse-width modulation is a vital tool in achieving lush-sounding synthesized string pads - so what if your synth doesn't have it? Fear not - for PWM can itself be synthesized. Here's how...

Synth Secrets
Synthesizing Strings: String Machines
 Technique : Synthesis  February 2003
Analogue synths can't synthesize every sound, but the attempts made to replicate the sound of orchestral strings were so successful that so-called string machines became much-loved instruments in their own right. We begin a voyage into the world of synthesized strings...

Synth Secrets
Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10
 Technique : Synthesis  January 2003
When trying to copy a real piano with an analogue synth, if one patch doesn't quite do it, two just might...

Synth Secrets
Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10
 Technique : Synthesis  December 2002
How did they make that sound on a subtractive synth? We continue to dissect the analogue 'Acoustic Piano' Perfomance from Roland's 1986-vintage JX10.

Synth Secrets
Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10
 Technique : Synthesis  November 2002
As explained last month, synthesizing the sound of an acoustic piano is difficult, but it can be done reasonably realistically, as the 1986-vintage Roland JX10 shows. We find out how Roland managed it...

Synthesizing Pianos
 Technique : Synthesis  October 2002
Surely the only convincing synth pianos are sample-based ones? A sound as rich and expressive as that of an acoustic piano is far too complex to be rendered by subtractive synthesis... isn't it? We find out...

Synthesizing Cowbells & Claves
 Technique : Synthesis  September 2002
Having learned last month how to synthesize tuned bells, we turn this month, in the last of this series on the subject of percussion, to untuned bells - in the form of the humble cowbell - and claves.

Synthesizing Bells
 Technique : Synthesis  August 2002
Having come up last month with a reasonably realistic cymbal patch, its time to take the principles of synthesizing metallic percussion one stage further, and produce bell sounds. But there's more to this than you might think...

Practical Cymbal Synthesis
 Technique : Synthesis  July 2002
Synthesizing realistic cymbals is complex, but not impossible - after all, over 20 years ago, Roland's TR808 drum machine featured synthesized cymbals. We look at how they managed it, and attempt to create cymbals on another affordable analogue synth.

Synthesizing Realistic Cymbals
 Technique : Synthesis  June 2002
Having analysed the complex process by which a cymbal makes its sound, it's time to synthesize our own...

Synth Secrets: Analysing Metallic Percussion
 Technique : Synthesis  May 2002
The task of synthesizing convincing metallic percussion defeated many synth giants - you only need to listen to Kraftwerk's weedy cymbals on 'The Model' to be persuaded of that. So why is it so difficult? We find out...

Practical Snare Drum Synthesis
 Technique : Synthesis  April 2002
Last month, we revealed just how hideously complex the sound-producing mechanism of the snare drum can be. Nevertheless, synthesizing the sound is not as hard as it seems, as we find out with the aid of a Roland SH101...

Synthesizing Drums: The Snare Drum
 Technique : Synthesis  March 2002
If you thought synthesizing realistic bass drums was complex, that's nothing compared to snares. So how is it that the analogue snare sound is so well known? And how do you go about creating it? We find out...

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