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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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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Binks » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:45 pm

I found "The synthesizer cookbook" a very very good read for getting your head round the gritty nitty.
A lot of books these days are written on the computer musician basis and look at particular pieces of software and how to program them.
Also, depending on what synth your using, it may be that there's an "unofficial" guide to it (I know that yamaha had the joy of Ex fr their ex range" and I'm sure they're must be others)

I agree with the trial and error bit, but a good book as well, will help get results (or at least start experiments) that bit quicker
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby YardyG » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:08 am

Hey, I am using Free Piano Lessons, which will show you how you can become the piano player of your dreams through a technique using chords and a combination of piano chord progressions and fun piano playing styles using your ear and your brain.. ;)

Hope this will helps you too..!!!
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby busamania » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:37 am

also I need some good tips and technics about sound designing and synthesis modelling.until now I have downloaded many e-documents and articles but they all are telling about mathematical or schematical structures for bowed strings and wind instruments.I throughly understood the theory but I need something more likely hardware based practical applications about modelling synthesis...I have KORG M3 with RADIAS board... :headbang:
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby CraigCyril » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:33 am

Designing Sound" explains the procedural approach to next generation real-time audio, for games, interactive applications and computer animation. Weighing in at 650 pages this extensive work is possibly the best value textbook published on the subject. "Designing Sound" is essential to all sound technology students and practicing sound designers.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby vinnyprez » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Synth Cookbook by Fred Walsh!
This helped me SO much...
I was lost in Massive, Thor, etc....

BIG BIG HELP!
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:36 am

Just in case anyone gets confused looking for this, it's actually Welsh's Synthesiser Cookbook:

More details here: www.synthesizer-cookbook.com


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby dubbmann » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:12 pm

gryfyx wrote: 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.

just for the record, beauchamp was professor of EE at my undergraduate alma mater (University of Illinois) and very competent, so i'm sure the book is quite good. he was also a true, utter, and complete bastard. he sold me a manual for $75 (in 1981 that was a lot of dosh to a poor student) to one of the very first digital synths which had been developed at UIUC but only after taking my money did he tell me that access to the synth was limited to his grad students. sneaky, lowdown, and underhanded about sums it up. come to think it, probably was a forewarning for my future experiences in graduate school and music ;-)

oh well.

ps: i suspect the bk is way more maths oriented than the OP is looking for. fourier analysis, bode diagrams, etc. then again, i could be wrong. i was about beauchamp back '81 ....

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Hanley » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:38 am

My personal favorite is "Programming Synthesizers" by Peter Gorges. It's tough to find the English version, but it's well worth it if you do.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby djames123 » Thu May 22, 2014 6:31 pm

This book 100%


...and was spam, so I deleted the link ;) MW

Seven links advertising the same book!! :protest:
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby SEG » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:26 pm

Sound Effects Bible by Ric Viers
Applications of Digital Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics
Creating music and sound for games - G.W. Childs
Designing Sound - Andy Farnell

good ones ;)
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:57 pm

SEG wrote:Sound Effects Bible by Ric Viers

I've got that one too - good read!


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Zukan » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:16 am

I had one of the best books ever written but I can't remember what it was called?

The book covered basic repair procedures (soldering bus bars, cleaning contacts etc) and was a great resource for quickly accessing the various menu options on different synths.

I think it's this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Troubleshootin ... 0830639217

A little lateral, I know, but one helluva resource book to have.

I shall leave now. I'll pop back later to make sure you're all funky n' ting.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:47 pm

Zukan wrote:I had one of the best books ever written but I can't remember what it was called?

The book covered basic repair procedures (soldering bus bars, cleaning contacts etc) and was a great resource for quickly accessing the various menu options on different synths.

I think it's this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Troubleshootin ... 0830639217

A little lateral, I know, but one helluva resource book to have.

I shall leave now. I'll pop back later to make sure you're all funky n' ting.

If (as that Amazon link suggests) 2nd hand hardback copies of that book are now selling for £272 then it might be cheaper to pay someone to fix your synth for you! :headbang:


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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:11 pm

I quite like Syntorial. It's an app that contains something like 200 lessons that walk you through every aspect os synthesis. There are periodic quizzes and reviews and it is quite thorough. The price for entry is high but it does have a lot of value in fact, and you can try tye first 20 lessons (I think) for free.

Also, there is a two part video on YouTube by MatrixSynth that is the old instructional video feom the 80s on synthesis design. It was by the NY School Of Synthesis back in the day. Well worth a watch if only for the instructor's super thick Long Island accent! :)
It's very educational as well.
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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby stephenmendes » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:00 pm

I recommend "Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis" but if you can't get the book.... search Youtube and you will find the video that came along with the book..... even if you watch the video without the book you will learn a lot.

Also I recently started making Youtube videos for my patches.... so whether you are using analog modular ... or a Roland FA-06 workstation.... you will find patches that you can try out.

https://www.youtube.com/user/stephenmendes1
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