Electronic music instruments weren t called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen s development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices.Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts In The Synthesizer A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer the origins of the many forms the instrument takes crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments This one stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much ....
|Title||:||The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition February 19, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||896 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument Reviews
I bought this book recently with the intention of further augmenting my synthesis techniques. What I got was a pleasant enough read, but keep in mind, the title of this book is "A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument". What it *SHOULD* have been titled is "A Comprehensive Guide to Technical Details of Gear That You are Unlikely to Ever Own".
If knowing the complete history of music synthesizers, the definition and evolution of each component--VCOs, LFOs, envelope generators, etc., and the bios and influences of synth makers and researchers can help you to understand, program, play, and record synthesizers, then this book is perfect for you. Go forth and buy.
more of an historical treatment than a hands-on how to book. interesting but i basically had to go elsewhere for the practical stuff. large amount of knowledge went in to this book but just not info on which button to push next...
I have always had a fascination with sound timbre. As a young boy in early high school music class (1971) we were taken to the Adelaide University Music Department and I saw for the first time a Moog synthesizer. This thing was four boxes just filled with a matrix of 1/4 inch jack holes and an amp. On the back of the door were about 40 jack leads all draped over a clothes hook. The Professor of Music there took us through some of the sounds that this "thing" could make; various noises like white and pink, stuff like that. This particular "instrument" at that time cost the same as a house???? To a young boy this was an amazing amount of money but I was impressed by the noises this instrument could make too.
Mark's book covers EVERY and I mean EVERY synth in the universe. Mark highlights all of the different synth techniques (subtractive, additive, FM, physical modeling, sampling, etc. etc.) as well and explains them nicely. Can you believe a synth can cost $500,000.00? Yikes - you'll just have to get the book to find out which one. I love the references to the really early synth pioneers in Russia, the UK and the states. The things they accomplished with early electron tube technology was amazing. Plenty for the virtual synth and DAW crowd too. Tons of photos and stories and lots of synth history. I'm glad I bought it and I highly recommend it.
Great read, thought provoking and inspirational. Best parts are detailed explanations of artists' workflow and rational for gear and patch choices
The book is amazing. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the black and white only pages in the softcover edition are a let down. I wish I would've waited and purchased the hard cover edition - that is if it has a better paper stock and color photos. Other than that, it's so up to the minute I can't say a negative thing about it.
Liked reading about synthesizer basics and obscure gear, much to digest. A little scattered in approach, but still a good read.