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on 15 May 2014
Lets address a few points here. a few people out there dont like the paper stock. well i love it. its a off white old school grade and the pictures are all B&W. i knew this wasnt going to be a glossy almanac of synths. it really harks back to the synth books of the 80's like the Crosbie series.
It covers a LOT of ground from the forerunners of the synth universe to the current soft synth developers of whom i work with quite a few myself.
A book such as this, needs to cover the modern take as well as engaging with the historic past. but i wil concede the book titling is a tad misleading. i already knew what to expect. but it promises to teach you about programming etc of which it really doesnt.

If you spend 2 mins in the preview on amazon, you can flick through most of the pages and clearly see what kind of book it is, so its not rocket science. i got this from my wife for my birthday. im a fulltime composer and this is pure busmans holiday at its finest i really enjoyed it. if your only has room for full colour ad you need to be taught how to use a synth, this isnt your book.
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on 23 April 2014
I have bought quite a few books that state in the title similar sentiments to this one. I have yet to find one that does what it says on the cover. The print quality is very poor, looks like it was run off on a photocopier.
This is a large book filled with rehashed pictures that I've seen in many others.
The idea that it will teach you anything in depth is soon dispelled when you read, not how too but Wendy did this or George did that but never wrote anything down.
As a history of Synthesis it's OK and there are little snippets that can be educational but as with all synths (analogue module types that is) forget the books and just try plugging chords in anywhere and see what you get.
Maybe it is because I am an A-B-C-... learner with logic and order in mind that I find these books so frustrating.
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on 26 April 2017
This is rather dated book - black and white photos and cheap paper - almost photocopied together - which talks about the types of synths but really does nothing more about how to work with them. All theory doesn't really make it useful - more of nostalgia with no real explanation of synth techniques.
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on 21 December 2014
sorry, but after the near perfection of "vintage synthesizers" i was perhaps anticipating more of the same.
it isn't,....not even close.
im desperately trying not to be critical out of respect for the earlier book but i cant find anything to commend this book and have barely looked at it since i got it in April, physically, it feels awkward to hold, the paper quality and printing is very poor (especially considering the price), it just seems a cynical attempt to sell junk on the back of the earlier work.
Sorry Mark Vail, i loved the first book, but not this one, i wish i had just bought a newer issue of "vintage synthesizers".
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on 6 April 2015
Very informative
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on 15 May 2014
for the newby this is a very good book indeed,cause it explains the terminology
and for the experienced user that might not valuable info, cause you already know what "attack' means
but then there is lots of info on history and development.
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