eBook Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, 2nd Edition

  • Simon Cann
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  • ISBN-10: 1305487095
  • ISBN-13: 9781305487093
  • DDC: 786.7419
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 452 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010
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Cakewalk synthesizers are some of the most powerful and widely used synthesizers. Now in its second edition, Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User is the comprehensive resource to help users harness the power of these amazing tools and show you how to get the best results from Cakewalk’s complete range of synthesizers. The book begins by diving into the general principles of synthesis and sound creation-covering, among other topics, oscillators, different synthesis methods, filters, envelopes, LFOs, and effects-and then moves on to look at how to make your own sounds, which can be used in your own productions. Separate chapters focus on each synthesizer, looking at its range of uses, the tools that are available, and how to set it up for day-to-day use. The chapters cover Triangle II, PSYN II, Pentagon I, Z3TA+, Session Drummer 2 and Session Drummer 3, Dimension LE and Dimension Pro, Rapture LE and Rapture, and Beatscape, and in the (free) accompanying download package, the chapters cover sfz and sfz+, Cyclone, RXP, DropZone, Square I, DreamStation, Roland GrooveSynth, and TTS-1. In addition, there is a revised and expanded section dedicated to the SFZ format, Cakewalk’s powerful sample format (which has also been adopted by other leading synthesizer developers), and undocumented features in the synthesizers are also highlighted. Chances are you won’t have every synthesizer covered in this book. That’s okay, because the book has something for everyone, whether you own all the synths or only use the free Cakewalk synthesizers. It’s also useful if you want to learn about synthesis. Simply put, this is the ultimate guide to learning about synthesizer programming and to understanding and using all of Cakewalk’s synthesizers!

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
1: Introducing the Synthesizers.
2: Getting a Grip on Synthesis and Synthesizer Programming.
3: Intermediate and Advanced Synthesis Techniques.
4: Triangle II.
5: PSYN II Virtual Analog Synthesizer.
6: Pentagon I Performance-Oriented Synthesizer.
7: Z3TA+ Waveshaping Synthesizer.
8: Expression Engine Common Functionality.
9: Session Drummer 2 and Session Drummer 3.
10: Dimension LE andDimension Pro Sampling Synthesizers.
11: Rapture LE and Rapture Wavetable Synthesizer.
12: Beatscape.
13: The SFZ Format.
The SFZ Format Opcodes.
Other Backmatter.

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 (madeitin.com), 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, simoncann.com, and check out his other music-related books at his Noise Sculpture website, noisesculpture.com.