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

Brian K. Shepard
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Shepard employs an inviting and accessible writing style to explain advanced topics in a way that is easy to understand. This book demystifies many of the topics of synthesis that can be confusing to people. (VJ Manzo, Assistant Professor of Music Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and author of Max/MSP/Jitter for Music)

Refining Sound is an approachable introduction to the secrets of synthesis. The companion website is chock full of tutorials, making this well organized book a handy reference for either self-study or in a course. (Mary Simoni, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Michigan, Dean, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

In Refining Sound, Brian Shepard provides a deeply valuable and sorely needed resource for the musician seeking to understand sound design. In clear language, he thoroughly explains and illustrates concepts that could be tedious and overwhelming for most readers, and does so from the perspective of the musician rather than the mathematician or physicist. I'm sure we will use this book as the primary text in our synthesis classes for years to come. (Scott L. Phillips, PhD, Co-director of Music Technology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Brian K. Shepard's book on synthesizers and synthesis is one of those rare volumes which is comprehensive in its explanations of the history of synthesizers and electronic music in general that makes for a jolly good read. For enthusiasts and professionals alike, this book is the best I've read in years. Thoroughly recommended. (J. Peter Robinson, Composer)

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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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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
Par B. Eibisch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 Greenoak.com. 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 A New Standard For Synthesis Instruction 26 octobre 2013
Par Mary T. McIlrath - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book does not disappoint. I will be using Refining Sound as the sole textbook for my electronic music class next semester. Brian Shepard has written an easy-to-understand yet amazingly thorough book on the complex processes of synthesis. Shepard always keeps the focus of the book on the performer/student, preventing the theory and math of these complicated topics from getting in the way of real-world applications. And, if the content wasn't good enough, the book is priced at a level that my students can actually afford (a serious concern when teaching at a community college).

Shepard does a great job of acknowledging the many forms that synthesis takes in the year 2013, allowing the book's relevance to remain regardless of how the reader plans on applying the concepts (hardware synthesizer, VST, etc). Shepard also supplies plenty of footnotes throughout, allowing the curious reader to further explore a theoretical concept or primary-source treatise if they wish.

If you are interested in learning how to control all of those knobs and sliders on your favorite synth or plug-in, this is THE book. With the arrival of Refining Sound, synthesis will no longer be an area dominated by the elite, but by the composer, the arranger, and the performer, and I am very excited to see the results.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is useful only after you've learned to program sounds by ear 5 janvier 2015
Par P.S. Woods - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are way too many books on the market purporting to teach sound design/synth programming. This book is useful only after you've learned to program sounds by ear, at which point it is informative and well organized. However, it will not teach you make sounds deliberately, with purpose. For that I recommend the software tutorial unfortunately titled Syntorial. If that's not an option a distant second place is Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook.
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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 Amazon.com
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding resource 25 février 2014
Par Rick Schmunk - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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