,...synth programming book advice???

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Re: ,...synth programming book advice???

Post by mylkoa » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:18 pm

beats me wrote:http://syntorial.comApplication that starts with one parameter, tests you by asking you to match and dial in a sound, and then adds another parameter and repeat.
Great link, thanks, beats me. FYI, they are asking $130 USD, but you can get a discount of 40% if you are a full-time student.

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Re: ,...synth programming book advice???

Post by jsn » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:37 pm

I have never learned more about the subject than when I - finally - planned time aside and concentrated on Gordon Reid's Synth Secrets articles WHILE sitting behind a synthesizer. There is great information covered in Walsh's book, but it goes much further. I highly second the recommendation to read (and study, try, test, experiment, modify) those practical parts within the series. Also, someone else earlier mentioned reading synthesizer manuals, YES, do that too. The internet wasn't as vast as today when many classics hit the streets and so it was very helpful if the manufacture could elaborate a bit on technique in some of the manuals. This is back when one was nearly forced to read a manual (and people generally didn't have a problem with it if they just spent all that ££). Anyway, great advice. Take some time and visit Synthmania.com and give some of those classic patches a listen. One thing I can advise that made it a little easier for me is to go back in time. Learn what existed and what sounds were possible with those limitations, then move slowly forward in time as synthesizer tech improved (before we even reach MIDI) and try to program som of those classic patches imposing the same limitations on yourself. Just some tips, if you really want to learn the ins and outs of synthesis - IMO -. Also keep in mind that every synth is different in how it implements its components, even with the way it handles patching tasks that at first seem common b/t synthesizers. This is why you will run into complications a lot of the time tryinig to directly recreate a patch from one synthesizer to another -unless- you learn to use some critical listening skills. I think this is what Welsh really intended his readership to do. Good that you become familiar with how filter mod can sound, self-osc, PWM (with various waves), definitely get familiar with how various synths' waveforms sound...and their filters, etc etc. Random tips ;)

FURTHERMORE. By total accident (I don't own the program) I discovered that Gordon Reid wrote a recent SS series for Propellerheads Thor synthesizer called Thor Demystified. If you have Reason with Thor and you are interested to learn synthesis I can't recommend those articles more. I saw that they even have sound files embedded inside each article. I think you find that in the "Discovering Reason" part of the Propellerheads website. Just a tip.
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Re: ,...synth programming book advice???

Post by mylkoa » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:01 pm

So I have this ongoing project where I'm working through the Fred Welsh book with Analog, and I ran into some snags interpreting some cookbook parameters, so I tried contacting Fred Welsh in a variety of ways (through his website and through youtube) but none of them worked. Finally, I had the idea to try and reach him through amazon, so I sent him a message asking him for his email, and here is his response I got:

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I finally reached him, and Amazon filtered out his address!!!

It's okay, I'm thinking it can be worked around. I just thought it was funny, so I shared. Cheers.

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Re: ,...synth programming book advice???

Post by mylkoa » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:45 am

Hello all. I'm resurrecting this old zombie post to let you know that I created a short tutorial about using the Fred Welsh book with Analog:

http://aempass.blogspot.com/2014/09/ana ... kbook.html

Cheers :)

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Re: ,...synth programming book advice???

Post by JoshG567 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:18 am

I have the book - looking forward to pairing them up.

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