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This book is badly let down by its feeble index. If like me you're used to picking up a new computer language on the fly - by random accessing reference books - then you will find this book very frustrating because virtually NO attempt has been made to provide any reference in the index to the Object set (i.e. the methods, the keywords that call up the operations that you will actually want to use).
For example, to find any reference to an Object, the Index requires you to look under 'Object'. You might assume that at least the core Objects will be listed there. But they are not.
For example, if you want to find information on 'vline~', not only is 'vline~' not referenced under 'Object', but neither is any other specific audio object. Instead, what it DOES say is "Audio, 185". This turns out to be the first page of Chapter 11 "Pure Data Audio": typically you are more likely to find what you are looking for in this book by first skimming through the contents, and then by browsing. ('vline~' is in fact described on pp 189 - 190).
If you want a crisp and detailed manual on Pure Data, with a DECENT index, then Johannes Kreidler's 'Loadbang: Electronic Music in Pure Data' is a far more suitable book.
The programming is based on open source software pureData, which is a very accessible yet powerful visual language, that is truly helpful in understanding the step-by-step approach to detailed procedural audio creation.
A real must!
It requires some basic knowledge of PD, but it's quickly overcome.
Andy explains well how sounds work in general, but makes great examples of everything from engines to footsteps. Well explained models and nice language, makes this book a joy to read.
you don't have to be into synthesizing only to read or work with this, as it provides hundreds of ideas, as well as modelling very basic things which explains, even if working with samples, how something sounds and what to do to get there.
That first paragraph doesn't really highlight the richness of information there is to be found in this work however, I wanted to make it clear that while there is much in here that could be considered academic I felt it important not to downplay the practical uses. In all probably one of the best books on sound design I have ever bought. I'll be purchasing a paper copy in the near future.
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great book to understand theory of sound, it should be a reference for music schoolsPublished 7 months ago by jinoes
Very complete but ... not realy about criation. Aspect something more about Art. And that's all. Perfect for those who works in sound engeniringPublished 21 months ago by francisco amaral
This book was recommeded by my sons lecturer at college to read as part of his degree studies. Thank youPublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by Sally Fenemore