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Music Synthesizers: Manual of Design and Construction

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When electronic music synthesizers started to become popular in the 1960s, it was widely claimed that these wondrous instruments could create any sound—real or imagined.

Curiously, this rather extravagant claim is both true and not true. In theory at least, any sound can be synthesized electronically (nobody has tried every possibility yet). Some sounds may be extremely difficult and, perhaps, impractical to electronically synthesize, but in principle they should be possible. On the other hand, no individual synthesizer can generate all possible sounds.

Electronic music synthesizers are made up of a number of circuits, or modules, which can create or influence a signal in various, specific ways. To create a truly infinite number of sounds, an infinite number of modules would be required.

For this reason, different synthesizers are more suited than others to creating specific types of sounds. There is no single ideal electronic music synthesizer. It all depends on just what you need. A great many synthesizer models are commercially available today. Some are excellent instruments, but they may not be perfect for your needs. You may be able to find a commercial synthesizer that includes all the modules you want, but you may end up with a number of additional modules that aren't of much use to you. You have to pay for them anyway.

In this book, you'll learn how to build your own customized electronic music synthesizer. It will be far cheaper than a ready-made commercial unit, and it will only have the modules you specifically need. Moreover, you can position and mark the controls in whatever manner suits you. You can also expand your synthesizer as your needs demand (or your budget allows). The only limit on the number of modules is how many you can build and afford.

In addition, you'll end up with a unique instrument, unlike any other in the world, and you can take pride in knowing it is your own handiwork.

This book includes dozens of circuits that can be mixed and matched to create hundreds of different synthesizer systems. Many tips on their use are also presented.

Some knowledge of basic electronics and the ability- to work from schematic diagrams is assumed, but no previous experience or knowledge of electronic music and synthesizers is required.


Publishing Details
Written by: Delton T. Horn
Year Published: 1984
Date Published: No value
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
Pages: 343
Language(s): English
Editions: 1
Publisher: TAB Books Inc.
ISBN-10: 0830615652
ISBN-13: 978-0830615650

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