Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying- from by Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

During this booklet, the technical clarification of the character of analog sound construction is via the tale of its beginning and its next improvement by means of numerous designers, brands and performers. the person parts of analog sound construction are then tested intimately, with step-by-step examples of sound production strategies. Then the trendy imitative analog tools are tested, back with precise directions for programming and utilizing them, and the booklet is finished with appendices directory the key device traces on hand, tricks on values and buying, different resources of knowledge, and a discography of on hand recordings which offer solid examples of analog sound synthesis. The CD which accompanies the booklet provides many examples of analog sound construction fundamentals in addition to extra complicated ideas, and of the skills of the person tools linked to classical and with imitative analog sound synthesis. * an entire background of analog sound in a single paintings* Interviews with Legends and builders of of analog synthesizers* Audio CD of demo sounds and tuitional items to demonstrate the techniques mentioned within the ebook

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Envelope generators can sometimes be more complex though, and on the Technosaurus Selector system there is a dual envelope generator in which each envelope also has a delay phase, so it can be described as DADSR (there is something similar on the Korg MS20). This simply means there is a variable time period after the note is played, before the envelope triggers – so, for example, you could create a rather muted sound that abruptly brightens up after a second or so. On the Selector each envelope can be switched to a simpler AR format, and there is a gate input, and normal and inverted voltage outputs for each envelope.

This latter technique is very useful, particularly when a repeated series of notes is playing, as the impression can be given of a much more varied series of sounds. There’s a famous example in the middle of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s track Karn Evil 9, and examples on the CD include Tracks 27, 39 and 57. On most integrated synthesizers that are equipped with a sampleand-hold circuit, a white noise source is permanently connected as its only input signal. But to do this is to lose a lot of the potential of the circuit.

White noise is endlessly useful above and beyond the obvious creation of sea, wind and explosion effects. All sorts of percussive and acoustic sounds contain an element of white noise and it often needs to be incorporated into more complex imitative analog sounds. For instance, the ‘chiff’ on the start of a flute sound is best created with a white noise passed through a short envelope, and an imitation of human whistling benefits from the addition of white noise. All sorts of drum and percussive sounds need a white noise element, and indeed satisfactory short high-hat cymbal sounds can be created using nothing more.

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