Refining Sound

A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers
Shepard, Brian K. (Book - 2013 )
Refining Sound

Item Details

Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is understanding what all the individual synthesizer components contribute to the complex finished sound. Author and veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often-mysterious layers of sound synthesis one-by-one. The result is a book that allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work. Refining Sound follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression from the "raw materials" of sound waves through the various stages of the refinement process, ultimately bringing readers to the final "polishing" of their sounds with audio effects. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, and contains easily digestible guided projects (entitled "Your Turn" sections) that focus on the topics of the chapter. Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations and more than forty interactive synthesis demonstrations on the related companion website that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these concepts without the distraction of other synthesizer controls and modifiers. The final chapter brings everything together as the reader creates several common types of synthesizer sounds with detailed step-by-step instructions and explanations of the concepts behind those steps. With all of the sounds in the final chapter, readers are given suggestions and tips on ways to modify the sounds, with final outcomes left to the readers' own creativity. Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer.
Authors: Shepard, Brian K.
Title: Refining sound
a practical guide to synthesis and synthesizers
Publisher: New York :, Oxford University Press,, [2013]
Characteristics: xxv, 237 pages :,illustrations ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brian K. Shepard
Contents: Synthesis and synthesizers: digging beneath the surface of your synthesizer
Oscillators: mining the raw materials of your synthesizer
Oscillator combinations: creating exotic compounds from your raw materials
Amplitude envelope generators: shaping your sounds
Audio filters: refining the color of your sounds
Internal modulation sources: dynamic shaping of your sounds External control sources: shaping your sounds with playing techniques
Effects processors: polishing your sounds
Putting it all together: creating and refining your own synthesized sounds
ISBN: 9780199922949
Branch Call Number: 786.74 S5471r 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Electronic music Instruction and study Synthesizer (Musical instrument) Music Acoustics and physics
Topical Term: Electronic music
Synthesizer (Musical instrument)
LCCN: 2013000232
MARC Display»


From Library Staff

Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers.

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.


Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL


Powered by BiblioCommons.
app16 Version tobio (tobio) Last updated 2014/09/18 14:17