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Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
From hit records to home studios, synthesizers are used in almost every genre of music. This book fills the know-how gap left by skimpy or garbled owner's manuals. It maps out the components of contemporary synths in clear, concise detail, and discusses how they can be harnessed to achieve specific musical effects. Each chapter presents hands-on projects that help musician ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 26th 2004 by Backbeat Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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I bought this book thinking it would help me synthesize my own sounds. I was wrong. This book explains how synths work from a technical point of view. Like what a LFO does to an audio signal, for example. It doesn't teach you how to actually program sounds, like Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook. It wasn't a useful book for me, but it may be a good read for someone looking to learn the technical side of synthesis.
Now that I can work the examples with my synth this book is very illuminating. I have to say that taking the time to do the examples with your own equipment is really worth it. Today I found myself saying "I don't get it" as I did one of the problems. A little research in my manuals showed me that I was missing a setting and basically having no effect at all. Hence the "can't hear it." Once I fixed that the example became very clear very fast.

Overall this book's value is covering the basics of p
Hlöðver Sigurðsson
I was, without knowing it, over experienced for this book. So it was alot of basic stuff that was already very familiar to me. But none the less, very good book for any beginner in electronic music.
Michael Reynolds
Oct 13, 2007 Michael Reynolds rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: electronic musicians
A good and not too esoteric breakdown of how synthesis actually works.
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