Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying--From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis [NOOK Book]

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In this book, the technical explanation of the nature of analog sound creation is followed by the story of its birth and its subsequent development by various designers, manufacturers and performers.

The individual components of analog sound creation are then examined in detail, with step by step examples of sound creation techniques. Then the modern imitative analog instruments are examined, again with detailed instructions for programming and using them, and the book is ...

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Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying--From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis

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Overview

In this book, the technical explanation of the nature of analog sound creation is followed by the story of its birth and its subsequent development by various designers, manufacturers and performers.

The individual components of analog sound creation are then examined in detail, with step by step examples of sound creation techniques. Then the modern imitative analog instruments are examined, again with detailed instructions for programming and using them, and the book is completed with appendices listing the major instrument lines available, hints on values and purchasing, other sources of information, and a discography of readily available recordings which give good examples of analog sound synthesis.

The CD which accompanies the book gives many examples of analog sound creation basics as well as more advanced techniques, and of the abilities of the individual instruments associated with classical and with imitative analog sound synthesis.

* A complete history of analog sound in one work
* Interviews with industry Legends and developers of of analog synthesizers
* Audio CD of demo sounds and tuitional pieces to illustrate the processes discussed in the book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136122774
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 16 MB
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
About the author     ix
Introduction - what's so great about analog?     xi
What is analog?     1
Sound     1
Frequency     2
Loudness     3
Wave shape     4
Harmonics and overtones     6
Noise     7
Phase     8
Synthesizer components     9
Circuit design     13
Sound design     14
Aspects of analog sound     16
Voltage-controlled oscillator     17
Voltage-controlled filter     21
Envelope generator     22
Voltage-controlled amplifier     23
Low-frequency oscillator     24
White noise source     25
Sample-and-hold     26
Wave shaper     27
Ring modulator     27
Subharmonic oscillator     28
Resonator     29
Frequency shifter     29
Morphing filter     30
Vocoder     31
Sequencer     33
Keyboard     36
MIDI interface     41
Assorted modules     41
The birthof analog, the manufacturers and the artists     46
Moog     48
ARP     60
EMS     63
Oberheim     69
Sequential     72
Yamaha     76
Korg     81
Roland     87
The growth of analog     97
Italy     97
France     103
The Netherlands     103
Japan     104
United Kingdom     110
Germany     115
USA     119
Using and programming analog     128
Classical and avant-garde programmers     128
Jazz programmers     136
Pop and TV music programmers     139
Rock programmers     145
Pure synthesizer programmers     153
Techno-pop programmers     163
Programming for orchestral imitation     171
Programming rock, pop and electric sounds     177
Programming abstract sounds     181
Ten great analog sounds     190
The analog revival     194
Using and programming virtual analog hardware and software     230
Virtual analog programming     231
Virtual oscillators      232
Virtual filters     234
Virtual LFOs     236
Virtual envelopes     236
Virtual controllers     237
Alternative applications     239
Analog software     241
Classic instruments - specifications and values     255
Modern analog and virtual analog hardware instruments     267
Purchasing guide for analog instruments     274
Bibliography     288
Discography     291
Contacts     300
Audio CD tracks     302
Index     309
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