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Sound Synthesis and Sampling (Music Technology) Paperback – 27 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (27 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516929
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of previous edition:

"This is a very good book on the subject. It is detailed enough for the more interested student and easy enough for the average student."
Lecturer (course: Electronic Music), USA

"...A very good starting point for studying this particular subject."
Customer review, Amazon.co.uk

"...I really love this book. It is so well written, enjoyable and informative. There is no maths and everything is explained in a simple fashion."
Customer review, Amazon.com

"This book will help you on your way. A little history, not much math but a lot of help. If you intend to follow this path give this book a read!"
Customer review, Amazon.com

"The author does a fine job of presenting an extraordinary amount of material - you will learn real, in-depth background about acoustics and synthesis techniques. I find myself constantly referring to this book when I am in my studio."
Customer review, Amazon.com

"I bought this book when I first started on my Music Technology degree... I'm now just finishing my final year project, and I have to tell you... this book has been a fantastic help."
Customer review, Amazon.com

"...provides an excellent technical and historical overview of sound synthesis methods in a non-mathematical way."
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I bought this book to learn more about using software synthesisers with Cakewalk, as a recent convert to home-studio recording.

It provides a very good introduction to sound wave theory from the ground-up, beginning with a basic definition of sound and a definition of synthesis. It then covers (in some detail) the history of sound synthesis from its earliest beginnings, through to modern techniques. This gives a great grounding in the subject. It's very readable, and has lots of good simple diagrams to illustrate concepts. It introduces all the terminology and methods used at a good pace. It can seem like a lot to get through before you actually get to any real 'hands-on' knowledge, but it's well worth the effort - It has improved my understanding of sound and digital recording enormously. Things like wave-shapes, harmonics, filters, LFOs, basic electronics, sample rates, are examples of areas that I now have a really good grasp of. Just reading the first two chapters 'Background' and 'Techniques' will provide a good overall understanding of the main concepts of synths.

This book should be of great value to anyone who wants to understand how a synthesiser works, and how best to get the sounds you want out of it. In addition it provides a wealth of information about general concepts of sound and harmony, all of which can only be of value to anyone interested in music and recording.

Heartily recommended.
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This tome consists of the following major sections: What is synthesis / why / where and how (a brief history, also), Analogue Synthesis (Additive, Subtractive etc...), Hybrid Synthesis, Sampling, Digital Synthesis, Using Synthesisers and Controlling via MIDI.
Very briefly, I've found this to be a concise read that isn't difficult at all (as long as you already have a very general idea of what audio-synthesis is). It goes far enough in each of its subjects without bogging the reader down with too much jargon, and imho is a very good starting point for studying this particular subject.
In fact, I would recommend any of the books in this excellent series. Good for the 21st century musician/engineer! :)
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By F. Mundell on 3 Sept. 2014
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Dont have time to give fair review - see rating
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By A Customer on 5 July 1999
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PERCHE' LO VOGLIO
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