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Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers

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Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is understanding what all the individual synthesizer components contribute to the complex finished sound. Author and veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of ...more
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Chris
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great introduction to sound sysnthesis and design. You have to listen to the examples and do the exercises in order to get the most value out of the book! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how sound design is done on modern synthesizers.
Paul
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of sound synthesis and a good introduction to programming synthesizers. Well documented journey of a signal through enveloper generators, filters and effects.

The author uses Max Runtime to provide interactive audio examples as they are described in the book, so you really need to read near a computer and have all of the examples downloaded ahead of time - some of files are large.

A free VST synth called Crystal is used to get the reader trying different filters/modulators to
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Tara Brabazon
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A terrific book for sound engineers, DIY electronica creators and the digital tinkerers amongst us. This is a highly practical book - no great theorization of sonic media here - but as a how to guide through the world of synthesizers, it is without equal.
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