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The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Mark Vail

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27. März 2014
Electronic music instruments werent called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen's development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin. From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid-century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices. Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts. In The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound. Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer; what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music; and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments. This one-stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much more.

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Synthesizers are wonderful musical instruments that cover a very wide range of implementations and uses. Mark Vails The Synthesizer is a must-read for anyone who has interest in learning about these engineering marvels. It is a great introduction if you are new to synths, but also very informative and up-to-date for the seasoned synth player. Dave Smith, Dave Smith Instruments A hugely detailed, exhaustively researched and splendidly idiosyncratic work which nails its extensive subject matter. Mark Vail enthusiastically charts the development of the synthesizer from the Trautonium to the latest software instruments, and also gives us valuable insights and tips from leading electronic composers, including legendary synth pioneer Wendy Carlos. Dave Stewart, Keyboardist In the past few decades, the synthesizer has finally come of age. Mark Vail's extensive work documents this journey from its austere and rarified beginnings to its present technologically sophisticated state. His well-illustrated book is filled with anecdotes and insights, amazing successes and ridiculous flops, expert advice on how to roll your own, lots of commentary on artists, their gear and their methodology, and finally, a guide to recording and disseminating your own musical masterpieces. Stash this volume where its easy to get to; you'll be using it a lot. Don Buchla, Composer and Instrument Designer, Berkeley, California Mark Vail is the best explainer and historian of music synthesizers that I know. I highly recommend this book, which is a whole lot of fun to read. Roger Linn, Roger Linn Design

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Building on his life-long interest in music, Mark Vail discovered synthesizers in 1973 and bought his first in 1976. After earning an MFA in electronic music in 1983, he served on the editorial staff at Keyboard magazine from 1988 to 2001. The author of Vintage Synthesizers and The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B, Mark is internationally acknowledged as a foremost authority on synthesizers.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen A decent book that totally fails at its stated mission. 5. März 2014
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I bought this book recently with the intention of further augmenting my synthesis techniques. What I got was a pleasant enough read, but keep in mind, the title of this book is "A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument". What it *SHOULD* have been titled is "A Comprehensive Guide to Technical Details of Gear That You are Unlikely to Ever Own".

It's, basically, a coffee table book of synth porn for enthusiasts. Dozens and dozens of synthesizers, modular synths and other gear are listed, photographed, and technically detailed with breathless enthusiasm. But what kind of cords should I use to record my results? What are the steps to synthesize a snare drum? How can I use an LFO to add rhythmic variation to the timbre of a synth?

The book answers none of these questions. Since I bought the book with the explicit purpose of "Understanding, Programming, Playing and Recording" a synthesizer and not to drool over gear, it turned out be an expensive and useless waste of time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book Tons of Research 2. März 2014
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Mark's book covers EVERY and I mean EVERY synth in the universe. Mark highlights all of the different synth techniques (subtractive, additive, FM, physical modeling, sampling, etc. etc.) as well and explains them nicely. Can you believe a synth can cost $500,000.00? Yikes - you'll just have to get the book to find out which one. I love the references to the really early synth pioneers in Russia, the UK and the states. The things they accomplished with early electron tube technology was amazing. Plenty for the virtual synth and DAW crowd too. Tons of photos and stories and lots of synth history. I'm glad I bought it and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good survey of the art of synthesis 23. März 2014
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This is a very comprehensive description of the evolution of music synthesis. It's well written and a real treat for gear-heads. My only complaint is that the pictures are in black and white.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen If you love synth hardware, you will love this book ...but ... 26. Januar 2014
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Mr. Vail has put together a sumptuous feast of "synth porn". All the historical hardware breakthroughs, Mini Moog, Moog Modular, DX7, D-50,M1, Korg Wavestation and a custom array of contemporary modular synth hardware descriptions are listed with care. But that is primarily what this book is about ... lists and mini profiles. Hardware configurations abound along with 30% of the Kindle book being uninformative website lists and an index. A handful of modular synth owners//designers and musicians are profiled. Photos of the same rooms of equipment proliferate the volume. Note: There is very little programming guidance, signal and audio path manipulation prescriptions or examination of the broad array of software based synths/DAWS available today. All that being said, the arcane world of modular hardware (no analysis of virtual modular synths like NI Reaktor or Tassman) is fascinating and if you love synthesizers you must buy the book just for these setup descriptions ... and the subjects of the funky quality B&W photos will make you drool.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Decent survey of synth landscape 1. März 2014
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This provides an enjoyable history of synthesizers and survey of their common uses, examples of working methods, and common tools of the trade and manufacturers. I was hoping/expecting more coverage of synth programming, examples, tips and tricks. I was surprised to learn about some new tools/manufacturers and appreciated hearing about the composing/recording process of prominent synthesists.
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