Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User, 1st Edition

  • Simon Cann
  • ISBN-10: 1598635506  |  ISBN-13: 9781598635508
  • 333 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
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With the rise digital recording software and the advent of the “one man computer music studio” there has been an astronomical rise in the number of people with software instruments, but many of these musicians have no idea how to use the modular synthesizers included with their music software programs. “Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User” is the first book that explains what a modular synthesizer is, how it works, and how to use software synthesizers to make music. The book takes a highly practical approach to the subject providing a readable guide which opens up the subject to a broad spectrum of readers. It begins by explaining what the basic building blocks of modular synthesis are, and how they interact. Then it continues to specific exercises utilizing software synthesizers that will be readily available to the reader, regardless of platform or digital audio workstation of choice.

Features and Benefits

  • Not only covers modular synthesizers, but provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of synthesis as well.
  • Covers industry leading software synthesizers as well as software recreations of classic hardware synthesizers.
  • Applicable to both PC and Mac using musicians.
  • Covers principles that are applicable to ALL synthesizers (and many effects units, as well).
  • Provides many examples that are backed by free download materials.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Synthesis and Modular Synthesizers
Chapter 2: Construction Theory
Chapter 3: Sound Sources
Chapter 4: Filters
Chapter 5: Modulators
Chapter 6: FX
Chapter 7: Visualisation Modules
Chapter 8: Starting to Build Sounds
Chapter 9: Advanced Sound Design

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Simon Cann

Simon Cann is a writer based in London. He is the author of a number of music-related and business-related books. His music related books include How to Make a Noise, Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User, Building a Successful 21st Century Music Career, Sample This! (with Klaus P. Rausch), Project5 Power!, and Rocking Your Music Business. His business-related books include the Made It In... series of books (, which feature the experiences of international entrepreneurs who have built successful companies in the hottest business locations around the world. You can read more about Simon at his website,, and check out his other music-related books at his Noise Sculpture website,