Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming: The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design

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Hal Leonard Corporation, Jan 1, 2004 - Music
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(Book). The A-to-Z coverage of synthesizer features in Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming will turn any synth owner into a power user! This book fills an enormous gap in the market, and is destined to become the standard text on the topic. Written by Jim Aikin, author of Keyboard magazine's long-running "Technology Basics" column and scores of authoritative product reviews of synthesizers over the past two decades, this book includes sound design projects, dozens of audio examples, and complete chapters on oscillators, envelope generators, and other nuts-and-bolts components. Rather than focus on one specific instrument, this book covers both the common elements found in all synthesizers and esoteric features found only in obscure or high-end gear. 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 musicians hone their skills.

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User Review  - JR - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hl÷­ver Sigur­sson - Goodreads

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. Read full review


The Map the Territory
The Nature of Sound
Operating Systems Edit Modes Memory
Envelope Generators
Effects Processing
CD Track Listing

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