This comprehensive introduction to software synthesis techniques and programming is intended for students, researchers, musicians, sound artists and enthusiasts in the field of music technology.
The art of sound synthesis is as important for the electronic musician as the art of orchestration is important for symphonic music composers. Those who wish to create their own virtual orchestra of electronic instruments and produce original sounds will find this book invaluable. It examines a variety of synthesis techniques and illustrates how to turn a personal computer into a powerful and flexible sound synthesiser. The book also discusses a number of ongoing developments that may play an important role in the future of electronic music making.
Previously published as Computer Sound Synthesis for the Electronic Musician, this second edition features a foreword by Jean-Claude Risset and provides new information on:
· the latest directions in digital sound representation
· advances in physical modelling techniques
· granular and pulsar synthesis
· PSOLA technique
· humanoid voice synthesis
· artificial intelligence
· evolutionary computing
The accompanying CD-ROM contains examples, complementary tutorials and a number of synthesis systems for PC and Macintosh platforms, ranging from low level synthesis programming languages to graphic front-ends for instrument and sound design. These include fully working packages, demonstration versions of commercial software and experimental programs from top research centres in Europe, North and South America.
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Eduardo Reck Miranda is a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory, and a renowned composer in his own right. He is one of the creators of the Computer Music Group (NUCOM) of the Brazilian Computer Science Society (SBC); he is also a member of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), the Brazilian Electroacoustic Music Association (SBME) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). He is on the editorial boards of Leonardo Music Journal, Organised Sound, and Contemporary Music Review.Review:
"Clear, readable and detailed without being wordy
Tony Thompson, Mighty Wight Productions
Reviews of the previous edition:
'An extremely readable and comprehensive coverage of the audio synthesis domain. No high level maths required. The straight forward and lucid descriptions of each of the major synthesis approaches (and some of the more esoteric ones too) will empower the reader to get a deeper (and better) understanding of their synthesis instrument. The addition of several software synthesis applications makes this worth the price alone. New noises abound. As a MAX MSP user this was exactly what I needed to begin designing new synthesis instruments...great book.'
A reader, Amazon.com
...an excellent source of ideas for creating innovative sounds for my mixes and multimedia works.'
A reader, Amazon.com
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