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Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying- from the legacy of Moog to software synthesis

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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 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240520728
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - What's So Great About Analog?
The "buzz" surrounding analog sound and why it is still in demand amongst players, studios, internet discussion groups, educational establishments, eBay buyers, 1960's nostalgics and many more.

Chapter 1: What is Analog?
A quick and accessible look at the physics of sound including easy to understand diagrams, and an introduction to the terms found in analog synthesizer designs.

Chapter 2: Aspects of Analog Sound
Detailed examination of the individual sections of a synthesizer clearly explaining the use of each one.

Chapter 3: The Birth of Analog, the Manufacturers and the Artists
History of the invention of the analog synthesizer including Bob Moog and his competitors, and famous users including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Emerson Lake & Palmer.

Chapter 4: The Growth of Analog
The explosion of analog sound, including manufacturers from Japan and the UK, Europe and the USA.

Chapter 5: Using and Programming Analog, and Ten Great Analog Sounds
Specific tips for creating sounds which will apply to any type of analog synthesizer.

Chapter 6: The Analog Revival
Digital synths which offer "Virtual analog" sound, a quick discussion of their authenticity, and manufacturers from the UK, USA and elsewhere.

Chapter 7: Using and Programming Virtual Analog
Different programming techniques for virtual imitations of analog sound using the very latest hardware and software.

a) Classic instruments, specifications and values.
This is a table listing every classic instrument, with columns showing the basic specifications and current values
b) Modern Instruments, specifications and prices.
his is an overview of manufacturers and instruments now in production
c) Purchasing guide for analog instruments.
This is an essay including general hints and tips on purchasing and maintaining instruments
d) Sources of further information.
Websites, discussion groups, books, magazines.
e) Recommended recordings.
List of CD's categorised by style of music, with catalogue numbers. Intended to be those easily obtainable by the reader, not a list of now unobtainable historical LP releases.
f) Contacts.
Instrument Manufacturers
g) Audio CD track listing.

The audio CD includes a demo composition using only analog instruments, sounds to support the chapter on the Physics of Analog Sound, sounds to demonstrate individual elements of analog sound, and a very wide variety of typical sounds of analog synthesizers spanning 40 years and dozens of manufacturers worldwide. TRACK NUMBERS ARE REFERENCED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK TEXT.

Demo track;
1) Analogical! (various analog and virtual analog instruments)
c) Mark Jenkins 2006

The Physics of Analog Sound;
2) waveshapes
3) frequency modulation
4) multiple oscillators/beat frequencies
5) four filter types
6) filter modulation
7) complex filter modulation from several LFO's
8) envelopes

Complex Analog Sounds and Sequences;
9) voice-like fast modulation
10) filtering sequences
11) overdriven amplifiers
12) different envelope lengths
13) velocity sensitive sequences
14) mixing waveforms, footages & modulation
15) complex, fast, voice-like modulation
16) white noise, resonant filters
17) oscillator glide
18) multi-source filtering

19) Bendy (Cx3), Wobbly (Cx3), Stringy (Cx3), Growly (Cx3)
20) Power drill, white noise whoosh up, white noise whoosh down,
resonant white noise weebles x 4, white noise growl x 3

21) Zap (Cx4), Swoosh (Cx4)
22) Filtersquidge (Cx4), Big Synth Ensemble (Cx4)
23) Jarresync (Cx4), Jarrewhoosh (Cx4)

24) Dual Osc Slow Attack Lead (Cx4), Sync Lead (Cx4)
25) Filter Wobbles (x5)

26) Detuned Bass (Cx4), Detuned Twang (Cx4)
27) Squarewave Mod (Cx4), Sample & Hold drone (C), Inverted Filter (Cx4)

28) Hard Bass (Cx4), Cosmic (Cx4), String Ensemble (Cx4)

29) Deep Res Twang (Cx3), Short Res Twang (Cx3)
30) Wah Res Twang (Cx3), Deep Held Fuzz (Cx3), Slow Attack Beat Fuzz (Cx3)
31) Smooth Flute (Cx3), Square Vibrato Lead (Cx3), Acid Blap (Cx3)

32) Kick 1, 2, 3 with/without accent, Cowbell,
Open Hi-Hat 1,2,3, Closed Hi-Hat, Maraca, Rimshot
33) Clap x 2, Cymbal 1, 2, 3, Tom 1, 2, 3,
Conga 1, 2, 3, Clave, Snare 1, 2, 3, 4.

34) Bass A (3C's x 4), Wow (Cx4)
35) Bass B (3C's x 4), Synthi (Cx4)

36) Acid A (Cx4), Acid B (Cx4)
37) Acid C (Cx4), Acid D (Cx4), Acid E (Cx4)

38) Resonant Twang (Cx3), Smooth Twang (Cx3), Sync Sweep (Cx3)
39) Sample & Hold Drone (Cx3), Filter Mod Delay (Cx3), Detuned Drone (Cx3), Acid Short Blap (Cx3)

40) Synthe 1 16' (Cx3), Synthe 2 32' (Cx3), Trumpet 8' (Cx3), Dbl. Bass 32'
(Cx3), Bassoon (Cx2)
41) Clarinet (Cx2), Oboe (Cx2), Flute (Cx2), Recorder (Cx2)
42) Bass Voice (Cx2), Tenor Voice (Cx2), Alto Voice (Cx2), Soprano Voice (Cx2), Whistle (Cx2), Noise Wobble, Bass Wobble

43) Lunar (Cx2), Bell (Cx2), String Pick (Cx2), String Strike (Cx2), String Pluck (Cx2), String Blow (Cx2)
44) Reed Bright (Cx2), Reed Full (Cx2), Reed Hollow (Cx2), Reed Thin (Cx2), Brass Open (Cx2), Brass Mute (Cx2)
45) Siren, Up From The Depths

46) All Footages Riff, All Footages (Cx3), Brass (Cx2), Hollow (Cx2)
47) Reed (Cx2), Fuzz (Cx2), Descending Wobble (C)
48) Resonant Noises (x6)

49) Bassoon (Cx2), English Horn (Cx2), Oboe (Cx2)

50) Space Weebles (x3)

51) Mid Bloop (Cx3), Wah Sync Bass (Cx3), Synthorgan (Cx3)
52) Wah Sync Bass 2 (Cx3), Digital Syn (Cx3), Delay Digibass (Cx3), Swoop Lead (Cx3)
53) Acid Riffs, Spacey Arpeggio

54) Filter Fuzz Drone (Cx3), Filter Fuzz Twang (Cx3)
55) Light Acid Twang (Cx3), Sharp Acid Twang (Cx3), Percussive Fuzz (Cx3)

56) Resonant Filter Epic Weebles
57) Moog Drone, High Bubbling Drone

58) Schulzian Epic Ringmod Blasts
59) Resonant Funk/String (Cx3), 8 Octave Swoop
60) Resonant Wah/String (Cx3), Portamento Riff

61) Male Voice (Cx3), Slow Attack String (Cx3)
62) Male Voice & String (Cx3), Glide Up Voice & String (C)


63) Bass Twang (Cx3), Rich String (Cx3), Deep String (Cx3)
64) Resonant Wah (Cx3), Steel Drum (Cx3), Filter Crossmod (Cx3)
65) Deep Detuned Bass (Cx3), Deep Twang (Cx3), MiniMoog-like riff

66) Rez bass, wah, rez wah, res sweep up/down, random filter, random glide

67) Plonk1/2, RezTwang 1-4, filter sequence

68) Bass 1-4, Sync Sweep, Random Sequence

69) Plonk 1-4, Noise/VCO sequence

70) drum loop
71) Roland SH101 sequence

72) Swept Filter Resonance

73) 16 sounds

74) 17 sounds and loops

75) 11 sounds and loops

76) Dual Filter Melody

77) Eyeamamohg

78) Prophetic Steps, Studio Moog, The Big One

79) Deep Seamphony, Sync Lead, Harsh Lead


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