Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers

ISBN : 9780199921874

Andrea Pejrolo; Scott B. Metcalfe
352 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Apr 2017
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Creating Sounds from Scratch is a practical, in-depth resource on the most common forms of music synthesis. It includes historical context, an overview of concepts in sound and hearing, and practical training examples to help sound designers and electronic music producers to effectively manipulate presets and create new sounds from scratch. The book covers the all of the main main synthesis techniques including analog subtractive, FM, additive, physical modeling, wavetable, sample-based, and granular. While the book is grounded in theory, it relies on practical examples and contemporary production techniques to illustrate how the reader can utilize electronic sound design to maximize and improve his/her work. Creating Sounds from Scratch is ideal for all who work in sound creation, composition, editing, and contemporary commercial production.


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Chapter 1: How did we get here?
Chapter 2 - Understanding Sound and Hearing
Chapter 3: The Tools of the Trade
Chapter 4: Subtractive Synthesis
Chapter 5: Frequency Modulation Synthesis (FM)
Chapter 6: Additive Synthesis
Chapter 7: Sample-based Synthesis
Chapter 8 -- Physical Modeling
Chapter 9: Wavetable and Granular Synthesis


About the author: 

Andrea Pejrolo is Assistant Chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the author of Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production (Focal Press, 2005, Second Edition 2011) and Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer (Focal Press, 2007). Scott Metcalfe is Director of Recording Arts and Sciences at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

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