beginer book on synths ?

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2006/11/14 15:15:00 (permalink)

beginer book on synths ?

Any recommendations for an article or book that would be good for a beginner trying to learn how synths (or soft synths) work and what the various modules do ? I'm not totally clueless, just almost totally clueless
Thanks,
Dan

sorry, I just realized why my search for "beginer" didnt produce any results.
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    b rock
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/14 15:45:20 (permalink)
    There's an excellent article [here]. Just ignore any Fusion references. Most all of it applies, no matter what the synth is. I'd recommend looking into the new [Cakewalk] synth book. I haven't gotten it myself. Yet. There's some further discussion about it (as well as some piling on) found here.

    Edit: Come to think of it: The manual for the Alesis Ion is also a great general reference, if you're looking for a parameter-by-parameter description of how things work. Once again, ignore anything specific to the Ion, but there's a lot more than just that. [Reference Manual Link]
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    scook
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/14 15:46:36 (permalink)
    There are a couple of links in this thread that you might find interesting
    http://forum.cakewalk.com/tm.asp?m=892916
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    xylyx
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/14 17:26:43 (permalink)
    From the guy behind the new Cakewalk synth programming book: [How to make a noise]. It's a free download, so you may as well check it out and it covers a number of different softsynths and sound types.
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/15 14:29:00 (permalink)
    Not sure if it is still there, but there used to be a great PDF book on the Access Music (makers of the Virus) website about synth programming. Very thorough, and although it is written for the Virus, most of it will apply to just about any virtual analog/subtractive synth.
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    mintakaX
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/20 15:29:48 (permalink)
    Thanks all--- I purchased the Cakewalk synth book and while waiting for it to arrive I downloaded How to Make a Noise (and purchased the patches). That was an excellent resource. Now I am halfway through the Cakewalk Synth book and that is also excellent. Really, both of those were exactly what I was looking for.
    Dan
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/20 16:34:40 (permalink)
    also... several years ago, the magazine "Sound on Sound" published a series of articles called "Synth School" ... I haven't had a chance to tear into them but it looks pretty thorough. Here's a link to the search results:

    http://tinyurl.com/ydv2af

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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/21 10:50:11 (permalink)
    Thanks Gutter, I'll check it out.
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    RE: beginer book on synths ? 2006/11/22 18:24:31 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: xylyx

    From the guy behind the new Cakewalk synth programming book: [How to make a noise]. It's a free download, so you may as well check it out and it covers a number of different softsynths and sound types.



    Yes, that one is great. I think "How To Make a Noise" has one of the smartest and most relevant presentations for synths, in particular the examples all use very good softsynths, such as Z3ta+

    -- Joe "plug me in, turn me on, press record" Tabby
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