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Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers
Creating Sounds from Scratch is a practical, in-depth resource on the most common forms of music synthesis. It includes historical context, an overview of concepts in sound and hearing, and practical training examples to help sound designers and electronic music producers effectively manipulate presets and create new sounds. The book covers the all of the main synthesis te ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A nice couple of introductory chapters on the history of synthesizers and the science of sound and hearing. Chapter 3 then gives an overview of the 'tools of the trade' - starting with oscillators up to the level of the studio. The remainder of the book explains reasonably clearly the principles of subtractive, FM, additive, sample based, physical modelling, wavetable and granular sound synthesis. There is some interesting commentary included on the relative strengths and uses of each, with exam ...more
Unfortunately there are lots of errors in this book so far and I'm only on chapter 5. The FM section has typos, misleading diagrams that are very confusing, hand-waving, plus a lot of the technology it references is out of date or no longer available. The recipes are often given in very plugin-specific steps instead of techniques that are more generally applicable. This text really needs a revised edition. ...more
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