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The synthesizer : a comprehensive guide to understanding, programming, playing, and recording the ultimate electronic music instrument

Author: Mark Vail
Publisher: New York City : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; the crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound. He gives the reader information on selecting, programming and playing a synthesizer, and offers tips on creativity, composing, and much more.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Vail
ISBN: 9780195394818 019539481X 9780195394894 0195394895
OCLC Number: 830837518
Description: xv, 410 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Trendsetting all-stars. Control ; Sound ; Performance ; Interface ; Composition ; Beyond --
Acoustics and synthesis basics. Real-world acoustics ; Types of synthesis ; Audio sources : oscillators, noise, and more ; VCAs, envelopes, and LFOs ; Envelope followers and pitch-to-voltage converters ; Filters ; EQs and filter banks ; Analog sequencers ; Arpeggiators ; Reverb ; Analog delay ; Digital delay ; Loopers ; Other effects --
Choosing your synthesizer(s). Options ; Modular synthesizers in the twenty-first century ; Connectivity ; Controllers ; Noise toys --
Composition, programming, and performance techniques. Composition ; Patching, aka programming ; Performance --
Recording the synthesizer. As it was and how it's become for the Switched-on innovator ; Serial vs. random-access media ; Strategies for recording film and TV scores ; Harnessing the power of modular synths with Ableton Live ; Automated mixing ; Outboard processing : preparing audio for recording ; Recording direct and expanding for surround-sound --
Appendix A. Selected bibliography, films, and museums --
Appendix B. Manufacturers, forums, blogs, dealers, and stores.
Responsibility: Mark Vail.

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Electronic music instruments known as synthesizers have been around since the 1950s, but the past few decades have seen their capabilities expand exponentially and their forms shape-shift from  Read more...

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Mark Vail is the best explainer and historian of music synthesizers that I know. I highly recommend this book, which is a whole lot of fun to read. * Roger Linn, Roger Linn Design * In the past few Read more...

 
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