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Three new books in the How to Make a Noise series have just been published. Check out this video for details.
If the video does not show, then go to youtube.com/watch?v=aRSbSEEkNik to see the video.
The key factor when creating sounds with synthesizers is choosing the right tool for the job and then using that tool properly. These three new books each focus on different approaches to synthesizer sound creation so the musician can choose the right tool for the job.
How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis starts from the basic principle of taking a sound source and shaping it with a filter. This simple but powerful technique can be applied to any hardware or software synthesizer to create the warm, rich, energetic, and commanding sounds that are often associated with classic hardware synthesizers.
How to Make a Noise: Frequency Modulation Synthesis looks at frequency modulation (or FM) synthesis which works through a continuous and controllable interaction of two or more waves to give a broad spectrum of detailed, highly nuanced, bright, rich, shimmering, clean, metallic, and solid tones that can be used to create many musical (and non-musical) sounds.
How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis looks at how to sample, create, and control sounds—from high fidelity realistic recreations of real instrument in their original environment, through creative warped tones, to drums and loops—and the tools and techniques that are available to help.
The books are available exclusively in electronic format and have been optimized for book readers such as the Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad (and other tablet devices including the Samsung Galaxy), nook, nook color, Reader, smartphones (such as the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry), as well as the online and desktop equivalent of the book readers. They make extensive use of (color) graphics designed for this form of reading device and the internal links make it a breeze to find the detail the reader is looking for.
Free samples are available from the bookstores that carry the book.news feed tags: Music-related Books
Since the publication of Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, second edition, Z3TA+ has undergone a major upgrade becoming Z3TA+2.
Z3TA+2 is a significant and worthy update to an old favorite and an update to the book is now available, detailing the changes introduced by the new synthesizer.
The update to Cakewalk Synthesizers: from Presets to Power User, second edition is available for download from: noisesculpture.com/cakewalk. It is available for free to anyone, and while it will be of most use to people with the book, please feel free to download the update and take a look if you don't own the book (yet).news feed tags: Music-related Videos
Jumpstart Your Music Career is now available. Check out this video for details.
Jumpstart Your Music Career is for every musician who wants to earn a living—and to sustain a long-term career—making music. It offers the musician a path to proactively manage and develop their own career, by focusing on:
- Finding, building, and maintaining a fan base.
- Leveraging the fan base to generate a sustainable source of income.
By bringing the two elements together the musician can then develop a strategy to forge a long-term career making music.
For further details about the book, go to noisesculpture.com/jump.news feed tags: Business BooksMusic-related Books
How to Make a Noise: iPad Synthesizers Edition is now available. Check out this video for details.
The book looks at how to create and control sounds using iPad synthesizers. It introduces sound creation from first principles focusing in turn on each element: sound sources, filters, envelopes, low frequency oscillators and other modulation sources, FX, and frequency modulation synthesis, and then brings the pieces together as you begin to create and control your own sounds. At each step, the principles are illustrated using five synthesizers available for the iPad: BassLine, ReBirth, iELECTRIBE, iMS-20, and NLogSynth Pro.
How to Make a Noise: iPad Synthesizers Edition is only available in electronic format and has been optimized for book readers such as the Kindle, iPad (and other tablet devices), nook, Reader, and smartphones, as well as the online and desktop book readers. It makes extensive use of (color) graphics designed for this form of reading device and the internal links make it a breeze to find the detail you are looking for.
For further details about the book, go to noisesculpture.com/ipad.news feed tags: Music-related Books
There have been some changes made to Simon Cann dot com over the past few days.
First, and most obviously, there has been a change to the look and feel of the site. As well as the cleaning up, and some restructuring of the basic content, the web addresses for the documents have also been changed to make them more human-friendly (and an automatic redirection from the old addresses has been put in place).
The less immediately obvious change is the large increase in content. In addition to Simon Cann dot com, I used to run two other separate websites:
- Simon Cann's news feed.
- Writing Down Words, a series of articles with my personal perspective on writing and publishing.
The content from these two sites has now been integrated into Simon Cann dot com, and the legacy sites are being closed. All links to the old sites are automatically redirected to the appropriate page on this site. Within the integrated site:
- You can now find the news feed here. The RSS feed for the news feed has also moved to: http://simoncann.com/news-feed/rss.xml
- You can now find Writing Down Words here. The RSS feed for Writing Down Words has also moved and can now be found at: http://simoncann.com/writing-down-words/rss.xml
Finally, with this expansion of content, a search function has also been added which should make it easier to find anything that may have got lost in the move.news feed tags: Site Administration
The second edition of Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User is now available. Check out this video for details.
This new book covers: Triangle II, PSYN II, Pentagon I, Z3TA+, Session Drummer 2 and Session Drummer 3, Dimension LE and Dimension Pro, Rapture LE and Rapture, and Beatscape.
For readers of the current edition of the book, the new edition includes four new synthesizers: Beatscape, Session Drummer 3, Rapture LE, and Dimension LE. There are also significant updates to the material relating to three synthesizers featured in the current edition: Z3TA+, Dimension Pro, and Rapture. In addition, there is a revised and expanded section dedicated to the SFZ format, Cakewalk’s powerful sample format.
A large download package accompanies the book. The download is available from: noisesculpture.com/cakewalk-synthesizers-downloads and includes an additional 16 chapters covering: sfz and sfz+, Cyclone, RXP, DropZone, Square I, DreamStation, Roland GrooveSynth, and TTS-1. The download package also includes sound design master classes from several leading synthesizer programmers as well as all of the patches/sounds/SFZ files referenced in the book.
For further details about the book, go to noisesculpture.com/cakewalk-synthesizers.news feed tags: Music-related Books
Since Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User was published in 2006 there have been a number of changes to the featured synthesizers and the Cakewalk line. As a result, I’m pleased to announce that a new edition of the book (to be called Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, second edition) will be published in early 2010.
Since the first edition four new synthesizers have been released which are featured in the new edition:
- Session Drummer 3
- Dimension LE, and
- Rapture LE.
This new book also reflects the significant updates (since the first edition was published) which have been made to:
- Dimension Pro, and
In addition, the materials covering the SFZ format have been revised and expanded.
There are, of course, other changes and some chapters will be moved around. Further details will be posted nearer to the publication date.news feed tags: Music-related Books
The SFZ format is the file format underlying Cakewalk’s Expression Engine synthesizers. It defines how a group of samples are structured: the samples can then be loaded and deployed in any compatible player (such as Dimension Pro, Rapture, the Session Drummers, and Beatscape). The SFZ format has also been adopted by several other non-Cakewalk synthesizers.
Beyond grouping and arranging source waves, the SFZ format allows access to a range of additional functionality in compatible synthesizers, turning them into something closer to a modular synthesizer while keeping the user-friendly interfaces.
The SFZ Tools are a group of tools based on UltraEdit which make it easier for musicians to edit SFZ definition files and to see what’s going on while they are doing this. In particular, the tools:
- Highlight SFZ syntax. Cakewalk and (all known) non-Cakewalk opcodes are highlighted by the tools.
- Provide a group of tags so that SFZ opcodes can be dropped into SFZ definition files at the click of a mouse.
- Offer some guidance about how UltraEdit can be configured to handle SFZ files in a way that suits how a musician works.
You can read more about the tools and download them (they’re free) from: noisesculpture.com/sfz-tools.news feed tags: Music-related Books
Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User is now available. Check out this video for details.
The book covers:
- The principles of synthesis and sound design, focusing on how to create the sound you want and the sound that is right for your music. These principles can be applied to any synthesizer.
- The building blocks of synthesis, looking at the elements of synthesis, the function of each element and its effect on the sound, and how each element interacts with the other elements.
- Synthesizer construction principles, focusing on the choices that are available from different oscillator and filter types, through to the audio path construction, the modulation that can be applied, and the implications of those choices in terms of flexibility, control, and sound.
The book looks at subtractive (analog) synthesis, frequency and phase modulation, sample-based synthesis, and additive techniques. It makes extensive use of illustrations from four popular modular synthesizers—Zebra 2, KarmaFX Synth Modular, VAZ Modular, and SynthEdit. The book is also accompanied by a free downloadable synthesizer (in PC VSTi format) which illustrates further some of the sound design and synthesizer construction principles.
Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User is for people who are new to synthesis as well as for musicians who want to consolidate and expand their knowledge of the subject.
The book is also for anyone who wants to create (and perhaps sell) their own synthesizers. With SynthEdit (one of the featured synthesizers) you can create your own synthesizers. The free synthesizer accompanying the book was built with SynthEdit and you are walked through the construction of this synthesizer. In addition to the synthesizer itself, the underlying SynthEdit files are also available for download, so you can further develop your understanding.
If you want to take those first steps From Presets to Power User, or if you already know something about synthesis and you want to consolidate that knowledge and become a Synthesizer Wizard, then you can check out the book at noisesculpture.com/becoming-a-synthesizer-wizard.news feed tags: Music-related Books