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 experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often mysterious layers of sound synthesis one by one The result is a book that allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work.Refining Sound follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression from the raw materials of sound waves through the various stages of the refinement process, ultimately bringing readers to the final polishing of their sounds with audio effects Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, and contains easily digestible guided projects entitled Your Turn sections that focus on the topics of the chapter Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations and than forty interactive synthesis demonstrations on the related companion website that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these concepts without the distraction of other synthesizer controls and modifiers The final chapter brings everything together as the reader creates several common types of synthesizer sounds with detailed step by step instructions and explanations of the concepts behind those steps With all of the sounds in the final chapter, readers are given suggestions and tips on ways to modify the sounds, with final outcomes left to the readers own creativity Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer....
|Title||:||Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition November 1, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||264 pages|
|File Size||:||871 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers Reviews
Refining Sound is very clear and well-organized. I think that both the text and the illustrations do a good job of explaining the underlying theory of sound synthesis along with examples. I went into reading Refining Sound with quite a lot of prior knowledge about sound synthesis theory, so some of it was a refresher for me, but even still there were several areas where I was able to learn something new (such as the section on granular synthesis, which had a better explanation of granular synthesis than I had found using online articles). The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is because I would have liked to see more depth on the FM synthesis section. Still, I would highly recommend this to someone who is looking to learn about sound synthesis theory and techniques.
Very comprehensive and informative read on synthesizers. At times it did get quite technical, but nothing I couldn't follow up on with a little wikipedia background reading. The hands-on exercises were done via a DAW (digital audio workstation) that you had to install and run on your computer. While nice for DAW users, I felt that the author could've put a bit more practical instruction for those of us who have actual keyboard synths with buttons, knobs, and dials. That was my only knock on the book. Otherwise, I learned a ton about synthesis and modulation. Exactly what I wanted out of this book.
This is a great book if you want to know the science behind synthesis. The author knows his stuff and presents it well.
I'm educated in traditional western classical music theory, but completely ignorant in the synthesized world. This book opened up the synthesized world which I always wanted to explore.
There are way too many books on the market purporting to teach sound design/synth programming. This book is useful only after you've learned to program sounds by ear, at which point it is informative and well organized. However, it will not teach you make sounds deliberately, with purpose. For that I recommend the software tutorial unfortunately titled Syntorial. If that's not an option a distant second place is Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook.
Great book so far (I haven't finished it as yet). Covers a lot of useful territory for those who work with and program softsynths, and has some good info on things like aliasing and the Nyquist theorem. Highly recommended book if you, like me, want to move from a synth preset user to someone who can make their own sounds and patches with a softsynth.
It is the most accurate and complete information about synthesis that a person without any knowledge of the theme could find.
this book is great, just make sure you have a computer to follow the online synthesizer course. it's very helpful for beginners.