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Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers
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Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers [Format Kindle]

Brian K. Shepard
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Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is understanding what all the individual synthesizer components contribute to the complex finished sound. Author and veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often-mysterious layers of sound synthesis one-by-one. The result is a book that allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work.
Refining Sound follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression from the "raw materials" of sound waves through the various stages of the refinement process, ultimately bringing readers to the final "polishing" of their sounds with audio effects. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, and contains easily digestible guided projects (entitled "Your Turn" sections) that focus on the topics of the chapter. Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations and more than forty interactive synthesis demonstrations on the related companion website that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these concepts without the distraction of other synthesizer controls and modifiers. The final chapter brings everything together as the reader creates several common types of synthesizer sounds with detailed step-by-step instructions and explanations of the concepts behind those steps. With all of the sounds in the final chapter, readers are given suggestions and tips on ways to modify the sounds, with final outcomes left to the readers' own creativity. Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer.

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Brian K. Shepard teaches Electro-Acoustic Music, Composition, Synthesis, and Music Technology in the School of Music at Texas Christian University.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 IDEAL pour débutant et plus 26 décembre 2013
Par dsystemj
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Pour se lancer dans la synthèse sonore analogique avec une base solide. Ce livre traite des "briques" élémentaires qui composent la synthèse sonore (oscillateurs, filtres, modulation, effets,...) avec pour chaque chapitres des exercices et une liste de questions à se poser si l'on a déjà un synthétiseur chez soi et qui permettent de mieux comprendre l'ossature et le fonctionnement de son instrument, comment sont organisées les différentes "briques". Avec un site pour téléchargement d'applications multimédia très utile et un lien pour tutorial par synthétiseur virtuel, cet ensemble est très complet pour un apprentissage seul de la synthèse sonore.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Live Life and Make a Noise 26 janvier 2014
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Refining Sound

Now retired I've just taken up an interest in synthesizer music and needed a book to help with the basic concepts of sound creation and use. I hit the nail on the head with this one! Brian takes you through the very basics of natural sound and electrically generated sound explaining how different sounds can interact in various ways or just plain cancel each other out. There are also explanations of the various pieces of hardware in analogue and software synthesizers. In fact I didn't know it but there are whole families of different types of synthesizer technologies. There are a couple of down-loads associated with this book so be careful to follow instructions closely. There is Maxitime 6.1, Crystal Soft Synth, and some chapter files relating to the book from University of Oxford site (passwords are in the book) to download. One thing that I missed was to download a “host” otherwise things won't work (so I downloaded Savihost suggested on the Camel Audio site, who by the way, have a very good freebie synth called Alchemy). There is a sound generating programme called Maxitime 6.1 that relates to the subject matter of the chapters in, “Refining Sound”. It is a must have to get this working because there is like audio laboratory examples from University of Oxford that you will need to hear and play with in Maxitime 6.1. You are also lead to a fantastic software synth called, “Crystal Soft Synth” at a site called Once again make sure that you get all the bits and pieces. The manual (PDF)on the Greenoak site is also very useful for understanding the Crystal Synth and also gives definition to some of the acronyms used in synthesizer music and technology. There is also a book called simply, “Synthesizer” by one Mark Vaill and I hope to get this at Amazon when it is released. Also a handy thing to have is a midi keyboard so as to be able to properly use the software synths but make sure that you have the right “driver” for your operating system. I bought a Roland midi keyboard for windows 8. My machine has Windows 8.1 and guess what, the enclosed software didn't work and I had to go to the Roland site for a Win8.1 Driver. I've bought a Casio XW-P1 synthesizer and am having a great time with it and thanks to Brian Shepard understanding the noises that I'm making.

If you are new to synthesizer music or sound creation I'd recommend this book to you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding resource 25 février 2014
Par Rick Schmunk - Publié sur
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This book is simply the best introduction to sound synthesis available. The language is concise, inclusive and easy to understand, For those of us who have "twisted knobs" without fully understanding the underlying principles this book pulls back the curtain and enables readers to manipulate sound with purpose and confidence. Thanks Brian, you're the best!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent introduction to Synthesis and Synthesizers 28 janvier 2014
Par Len - Publié sur
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Absolutely excellent text! This is one of the best books I have bought on Amazon in a very long time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about synthesis and synthesizers. There is a little mathematical content, but not very much. The text is quite comprehensible with or without this content. The theoretical content is very concise, and easy to understand. And there are plenty of practical recommendations for applying the theory to practical synthesis tasks. In fact, every chapter ends with a series of simple recipes for applying the theory to an actual synthesizer. There is a free software synthesizer to accompany the text which can be used to explore the examples in the text, but both the examples and the software must be downloaded separately from the publishers website. Be warned, the synthesizer can make some really harsh sounds when you start learning with it, so make sure to turn your speakers or headphones down as low as you can, at first. All in all, money very well spent!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Engaging Introduction to Sound Synthesis 23 août 2014
Par Jake R. - Publié sur
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This book is a great introduction to synthesizers and sound synthesis. It is an interesting and enjoyable read. The book goes through the history of sound synthesis, so you know why things are the way they are. It also presents clear explanations of many complicated topics. As an electrical engineer I knew the math and waveform material coming in, so I cannot judge how easy it would be to learn that from the book. What I can say is that the book did the math justice. It covered the important topics without glossing over important details and avoided getting lost in a sea of equations and derivations as a more mathematically based book might have.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good all-round book on learning how to work with softsynths 4 septembre 2014
Par Justin S Leary - Publié sur
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Great book so far (I haven't finished it as yet). Covers a lot of useful territory for those who work with and program softsynths, and has some good info on things like aliasing and the Nyquist theorem. Highly recommended book if you, like me, want to move from a synth preset user to someone who can make their own sounds and patches with a softsynth.
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