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How To Make A Noise: a Comprehensive Guide to Synthesizer Programming is perhaps the most widely ready book about synthesizer sound programming. It is a comprehensive, practical guide to sound design and synthesizer programming techniques using:
- subtractive (analog) synthesis
- frequency modulation synthesis (including phase modulation and ring modulation)
- additive synthesis
- sample-based synthesis
This book looks at programming using examples from six software synthesizers: Cameleon 5000 from Camel Audio, Rhino 2 from BigTick, Surge from Vember Audio, Vanguard from reFX, Wusikstation from Wusik dot com, and Z3TA+ from Cakewalk. Over 300 sound patches are created in the book: click here for further details of the patches.
This book was first published in 2005 and was revised in 2007. Since then the featured synthesizers have (in most cases) been superseded and in addition, most of the synths are Windows-only. However, the techniques outlined are still applicable and the book also sets out other synthesis options—such as additive synthesis and wave-sequencing—which are not covered in any of the other books in the series. It is also the only book in the series that is available in hard copy (paper) format.
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The book is available as a hard copy (printed) version and as a free electronic download (in PDF format). Click here to download the free electronic version of How to Make a Noise: a Comprehensive Guide to Synthesizer Programming.
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