2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2013
Simon has done a great job of this book.
Do not judge this book by it's plain cover, this book is filled with all you need to know about synthesis and sound design. From waveforms, oscillators, filters, modulation fundamentals, filter and amp envelopes and how to make the most of them.
Simon has given a beginner all the tools and theory basics to start sound designing and programming synthesizers. This book compliments well his other book How To Make a Noise.
Again, I do not want to spoilt it all.
You can take a sneak peek on this book's Amazon page.
Go and look.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
I have bought this book since I'm a TRANCE music producer and owning a couple of synths but never got the time to really understand the architecture and how to properly use a synth!
After reading every page of this book, Now I have more knowledge on synthesizers and their Use. It covers mainly Modular subtractive synthesis and FM synthesis which is what producers mainly use nowadays. This book is more focused on teaching the structure of synthesizers and their use, so that you will know how to use all the parameters when programming sounds. THIS IS NOT A PRESET BOOK!! although the last chapter is dedicated to creating sounds.
I highly reccommend this book for anyone who wishes to understand all aspects of synthesizers. It gave me a lot of knowledge which I was missing all of this time!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
This book is awful. The author just seems to stick to guiding the reader through some steps of how to make a very basic sound on one of 3 popular synthesizers. This seems to be the whole focus of the book. He gives very little attention to synthesis and other important concepts. He just lightly skims over the most basic things of synthesis and the functions of a synthesizer, most of which can be read on the Internet with much more in-depth coverage. The title of the book would have the reader or beginner programmer think after reading his book that they will be some sort of "wizard"...hardly. Do yourself a favor and save your money.