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Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:43 pm
by jonpuget
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

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:59 pm
by chris...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:00 pm
by jonpuget
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-)

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:21 pm
by Kevin Nolan

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:21 pm
by jonpuget
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:

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:32 pm
by gryfyx
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:

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:51 pm
by geefunk
For sound design there's this

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:09 am
by torinkrell
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.

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:31 pm
by SecretSam
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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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:42 pm
by hibrasil
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.

oli

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:23 am
by gryfyx
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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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:12 pm
by gryfyx

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:11 pm
by Psychopat
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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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:06 am
by gryfyx
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.

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:56 am
by Martin Walker
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 ;)


Martin

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:18 pm
by gryfyx
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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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:22 pm
by hollowsun
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.

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:14 pm
by Martin Walker
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-)


Martin

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:36 pm
by Exalted Wombat
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!

Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:57 pm
by Michael Dow
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: