Software Synthesizers: The Definitive Guide to Virtual Musical Instruments

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Jim Aikin
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Music - 290 pages
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The authoritative guide to the world's newest and most powerful musical instruments! Your computer may not look like a musical instrument, but with today's advanced software tools, even a modest Mac or PC can open up a world of rich and inspiring new sounds. This book provides a guided tour of the hottest programs for making music, with clear, concise explanations of the latest sound synthesis techniques. In-depth, expert reviews reveal what you can do with Reason, Reaktor, Kantos, Absynth, Attack, Live, Fruityloops and more than two dozen other applications. Topics covered include: physical modeling and FM synthesis, filters and envelope generators, using MIDI, sampled loop libraries and more.
 

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Contents

The Softsynth Revolution
xiii
Whats a synthesizer?
xiv
What is software?
xvi
How can they put a synthesizer inside a computer?
i
A word or two about MIDI
12
Plugins vs standalones
13
What do you need to get started?
15
Copy protection
19
Looping
152
Loops libraries
153
A word about copyright
154
Tascam GigaStudio
155
Native Instruments Kontakt
165
Steinberg HALion
175
Ableton Live
181
IK Multimedia SampleTank
188

Downloading demos
21
When is a synthesizer not a synthesizer?
23
Dedicated hardware vs computerbased instruments
24
Send In the Clones
27
Steinberg ModelE
29
Native Instruments B4
31
Emagic EVP88
34
Native Instruments ProFive5253
39
Steinberg The Grand
42
Applied Acoustic Systems Lounge Lizard
46
Steinberg Virtual Guitarist
51
Waldorf PPG Wave 2V
53
Native Instruments FM7
55
GMedia Music MTron
62
Analog Madness
65
Native Instruments Absynth
66
LinPlug Delta 21
72
VirSyn Tera
75
Antares Kantos
84
BitHeadz Retro AS1 VST
91
Muon Electron
95
Virtual Rack Systems
97
Propellerhead Reason
99
Arturia Storm
121
ImageLine Fruityloops
137
Sample Players
147
Multisampling
149
Digidesign Soft SampleCell
193
Design It Yourself
199
Cycling 74 MaxMSP
201
Native Instruments Reaktor Dynamo
210
Applied Acoustic Systems Tassman
220
Software Technology VAZ Modular
228
Percussion Modules
237
Waldorf Attack
240
Native Instruments Battery
245
Steinberg LM4 Mark II
251
Synthesizer Concepts
257
The big picture
258
Oscillators
261
Filters
263
Envelope generators
265
LFOs
268
Modulation routings external control
269
Effects
271
FM synthesis
275
Granular synthesis
276
Additive synthesis
277
Polyphony multitimbrality
278
Final thoughts
279
Appendix A CDROM Contents
281
Appendix B Resources Contacts
283
Index
285
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About the author (2003)

Jim Aikin has written hundreds of articles on music technology for Keyboard, Electronic Musician, Mix, and other magazines. He is the author of POWER TOOLS FOR SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMING, CHORDS & HARMONY, PICTURE YOURSELF PLAYING CELLO, and two out-of-print science fiction novels. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and other magazines. He is also active as a hobbyist computer programmer, having released half a dozen freeware text adventure games. To learn more about his varied activities, visit www.musicwords.net.

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