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Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:43 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?

Postby chris... » Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:59 pm

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:00 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 10:21 pm

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Re: Synthesis and sound design book?

Postby jonpuget » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:21 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 8:32 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 4:51 pm

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

Postby torinkrell » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:09 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 3:31 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 8:42 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 1:23 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 11:11 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 8:06 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 11:56 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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