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Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming: The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design [With CDROM] [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jim Aikin

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26. März 2004 Power Tools
(Power Tools). The A-to-Z coverage of synthesizer features in Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming will turn any synth owner into a power user! This book fills an enormous gap in the market, and is destined to become the standard text on the topic. Written by Jim Aikin, author of Keyboard magazine's long-running "Technology Basics" column and scores of authoritative product reviews of synthesizers over the past two decades, this book includes sound design projects, dozens of audio examples on CD-ROM, and complete chapters on oscillators, envelope generators, and other nuts-and-bolts components. Rather than focus on one specific instrument, this book covers both the common elements found in all synthesizers and esoteric features found only in obscure or high-end gear. It maps out the components of contemporary synths in clear, concise detail, and discusses how they can be harnessed to achieve specific musical effects. Each chapter presents hands-on projects that help musicians hone their skills.

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In this book/CD-ROM package, Aikin, a former senior editor of Keyboard magazine, maps out the components of contemporary synthesizers in detail and shows how they can be harnessed to create new sounds. Each chapter of the book presents hands-on projects that will help musicians hone their skills and increase their creativity, with projects reinforc

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35 von 35 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not the "Ultimate" but pretty darned good. 2. Februar 2005
Von P. Gunderson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming is a handy reference resource for musicians who want to learn about the ins-and-outs of sound synthesis. While most of the information in the book can be obtained online and in music magazines, it's very convenient to have it all in one well organized, well written book.

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming explains the processes behind all the major (and not-so-major) forms of synthesis, including subtractive, additive, granular, and wavetable. You get chapters on oscillators, filters, LFOs, envelopes, modulators, etc. The included audio CD gives handy examples of the phenomena being described (such as oscillator beating, aliasing, filter sweeps, etc.).

Although every chapter has one or two exercises at the end, it should be stated that this book is not a patch recipe book or primer in synthesis technique (despite the subtitle "The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design"--surely a subtitle contributed by the publisher's marketing department). The concepts and technology are explained in detail, but there is very little here by way of "tips and tricks."

Hopefully, Mr. Aikin will publish a sequel to this title that gives some hands-on instruction on how to produce specific types of sounds. There are literally hundreds of practical sound design questions that such a sequel could answer: How can I create a patch emulating the dynamics of a wind instrument? How can I make string patches sound more alive? How can I make really biting lead sounds? How are different drum and percussion sounds synthesized? I think a book that answered these and similar questions would sell very well indeed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Pedantic Book But... 24. Januar 2007
Von nico dotti - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I would really give this a 3 1/2 stars, but that's not an option.

This book is great for getting an overview of how general synth functions work. If you're interested in getting a general overview without actually applying it, then get this book. Better yet, get this book as a compliment to your manual or some other book. Sure it has projects in the back of each chapter, but they're more like 'suggested experimentations' IMO. Given that there seems to be little written on the subject, it might still be worthwhile. I also got Welch's Cookbook and enjoyed the hands on approach with that book, though I must admit that Power Tools covers a wider set of synth possiblities...that is, it covers an area like LFO's and then discusses every different type of LFO one might encounter given the fact that the synths on the market vary so much for one synth to the next.

After reading this book I wondered how much of the information really 'stuck' with me, as I didn't actually apply it as I went through the material. Given the abstract nature of this topic I think that this would have been helpful. Like I stated before, Welch's Cookbook did give me that in the first several chapters (the later chapters are basically synth recipes); for example, you learn how to look at a sound through an FFT analyzer and see the partials in the sound (you don't get this type of hands on with Power Tools).

There was definitely a part of me that questioned whether the $25 outlay was worth it. I decided that it was to have a sort of generalized reference on my bookshelf. But I definitely agree with the other reviewer that fealt that there needed to be more examples. Obviously, the author knows a great deal about synths. But I couldn't help feeling that he had written this by spewing his knowledge and not considering how important applying the concepts would be. If he was so inclined, he could create a freeware (or use someone else's) softsynth, and create projects that concretely apply at least some of the theoretical knowledge in future editions. This just might make it a great book. JMTC.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very good book 12. Dezember 2004
Von synth man - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I was really impressed by this book. It gives a very good background on synths/audio/nature of sound etc etc. It covers many issues. It will help newbies grasp the synth "language" very easy and quick

I have used synths for more than 10 years and i learned new stuff from this book. It is a "must" for beginners !!!

I wish that Mr Aiken will write a "ADVANCED" book on this...but as in really advanced in synthesizer programming

I can recommend this book to anyone interested in Synthesizers from beginners to advanced users.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly Organized 24. Mai 2009
Von the Professor 7 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book is almost as bad as the manual that came with my synthesizer. It is extremely poorly organized, and the author's writing style is verbose and unnecessarily technical. For example, the author's explanation of Keyboard Tracking in the Filters chapter is written backwards, with the most basic information presented last.

Throughout the book, the author references a concept or term explained in a future chapter, but then continues as if that concept is understood. It's maddening!

This book does not lay a foundation, is not laid out in a logical fashion, and is full references to what synths of the past could and could not do. In all, I've found it to be very difficult and boring to read.

I'm sure the author is very knowledgeable about his topic, but all of this information could be MUCH better presented, in a much more logical fashion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great little book 22. Mai 2006
Von rationalist - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
this is a great book. i am a composer of trance music. i have relied on tons of hardware/software/sample discs and presets. the task of being my own sound designer seemed far-fetched. a few other amazon books didn't make it seem any less opaque.

but this little book goes through the practical basics of oscillators, subtractive, additive, granular and fm synthesis, then lfos, envelopes and modulation matrices pretty much in that order. it has two or three homework problems (patch design problems) at the end of each chapter. Take your chosen weapon and work through the problems, and you'll be on your way to the basics of synthesis. comes with a nice example cd too. great deal. cool, basic little book.
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