What's a Synthesizer?: Simple Answers to Common Questions

What's a Synthesizer?: Simple Answers to Common Questions

Paperback(Second Edition)

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Overview

(Technical). The synthesizer changed the way we make music long ago, and new developments in synth technology emerge every year. But all of those buttons and blinking lights can scare off musicians who want access to the magic inside. Never fear! The whats, hows, and whys are all answered in this guide, which makes the operation and understanding of synths both simple and approachable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780634013447
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Series: Technical Reference Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.17(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacev
Introduction1
1.What's a Synthesizer?3
Sound Waves4
Pitch5
Volume7
Timbre9
2.The Roots of Synthesis11
Pitch12
Volume13
Timbre15
Modulation16
Putting It All Together18
3.Making Sound Come to Life19
Controllers20
Other Elements23
Voices24
Microprocessor Control25
4.How Does Digital Synthesis Work?27
Algorithms28
Physical Modeling31
Sample Playback Synths31
Software Synths32
Computer-Based Hardware Synths32
5.Why Is Digital Sampling So Popular?34
Multi-Sampling35
Looping37
Resynthesis37
6.What Do All Those Other Boxes Do?39
Effects39
Instruments41
7.What Is MIDI?44
What MIDI Is45
What MIDI Does45
General MIDI49
More Than Notes50
System Exclusive50
MIDI Implementation Chart51
The Computer Connection52
Coda54
Glossary55
Index56
About the Authors58

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