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Allen Strange, the greatest educational book ever written?
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Author Allen Strange, the greatest educational book ever written?

Babaluma

i sold a set on here a couple of years back for about $50... was great for the basics, nice graphics etc., but not a patch on the strange text, if you ask me.


Kaput

No, I would imagine it's more basic than the Strange... but still, interesting.

Nice graphics are always good, though. love


sgnhh

i prefer this allen strange: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Journey_of_Allen_Strange


Navs

Strange is good, but Gordon Reid is better.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/allsynthsecrets.htm

If you can read German, Florian Anwander's Synthesizer book is essential.

http://www.schneidersladen.de/florian-anwander-synthesizer


Floyd Pepper

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the differences between Allen Strange 1st and 2nd editions. They're very different books. 1st edition was before certain standards were established and is more of a historic document. 2nd edition is more useful. Both are good but make sure you get the right one before splashing the

Devarahi's Complete guide to synthesiser looks like an easier read. Having seen the recommendation I popped over to Google and 2 mins later had it as a pdf Guinness ftw!

And +1 for the Sound on Sound series and Nord Modular eBooks.


Backroads

I found a 2e at my university's library! Indeed, it is an excellent book. Nothing like curling up in front of the modular, trying out his simple exercises ~to understand a simple concept, e.g. VCO/VCF tracking~ rather than going nuts and patching everything all at once!


chinard

just getting caught up on this thread.

$900 for a copy and you can bet NONE of that is going to Alan Strange's family.
So, remind me where the moral high-ground is in BUYING a copy?

I too bought the Adobe Reader DRM crippled version of the document. What a steaming pile of shit Adobe Reader is. I cannot wait to see that company go down in flames.
FUCK ADOBE!

I just wanted a copy i could keep on my ipad with alot of other reference, and because it is actually a bitmap level scan it exported to a 350mb PDF (which is still adobe but at least a usable format.)


grapejuice

if you were to google the title of the book and the short form of a certain portable document format you might find a link.

it seems reasonable that this is made available seeing as it's entirely out of print and used copies are extortionately expesnive.


infradead

grapejuice wrote:
if you were to google the title of the book and the short form of a certain portable document format you might find a link.

it seems reasonable that this is made available seeing as it's entirely out of print and used copies are extortionately expesnive.


if one was to do this that one might find that that certain portable document is pretty low quality representation of that document formant.

plus reading document formant compared to books sucks ass


Babaluma

...not to mention what you signed up for when you joined this site:

http://muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47217


grapejuice

infradead wrote:
grapejuice wrote:
if you were to google the title of the book and the short form of a certain portable document format you might find a link.

it seems reasonable that this is made available seeing as it's entirely out of print and used copies are extortionately expesnive.


if one was to do this that one might find that that certain portable document is pretty low quality representation of that document formant.

plus reading document formant compared to books sucks ass

AND

...not to mention what you signed up for when you joined this site:

http://muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47217


i'm sorryi did not read that upon sign-up. d'oh!

i've removed a direct link in another post. i can't possibly see there being a problem stating the fact that copies exist online and are easily findable.

it would be down right good business sense for the publisher (or copyright owner) to get a decent pdf up online for a reasonable price. i believe they ought to be able to get that going with a trip to a printing shop and a paypal account. don't hold your breath waiting for old-style media outlets to make pragmatic business decisions though eek!

until then there will be people who would greatly benefit from this information in there lives and can either pay extortionate prices to hoarders or get a not-quite perfect copy in an slightly inconvenient format for nothing. wonder how that's going to work out? Bananallama! Bananallama! Bananallama!


Babaluma

you can argue the moral hoo-ha's as much as you like, this way or that, and you can do what you like via private message or email, but the fact of the matter is (for whatever reason), that the dissemination of links to copyrighted material on this public forum is not tolerated.


Drumdrumdrumdrum

Christopher Winkels wrote:
infradead wrote:
i honestly think if we could figure out who owns the rights we could either get it released to public domain or at least sold again as an ebook


Or collectively we could buy the rights, set up a POD store through a third party company (Lulu or something similar), and direct the funds back into Muff's once the initial investment is paid back.


This book is going for ridiculous prices. $300+. You can't tell me you cant make a profit from a $300 book! I could photocopy a book with an inkjet printer a still make on a $300 book, and still pay royalties.

Where are the publishing rights?


vav

How would we go about buying the rights?


peripatitis

So is the book copyrighted ?
The copies sold seem to be 30 years old....


komyta

peripatitis wrote:
So is the book copyrighted ?
The copies sold seem to be 30 years old....

I'm sure you'll find the answer in one of the 500 pages of this thread... confused
If I remember correctly, it is still under copyright, and people already asked about a new publication, without any success. waah


BTByrd

I've contacted the publisher (which is apparently McGraw Hill, at the moment) through my university's MH sales rep; he's e-mailed the editor in charge of the rights to the latest softcover and PDF version and will let me know what's up once he finds out.


komyta

Great !

Please keep us informed ! hyper


Christopher Winkels

BTByrd wrote:
I've contacted the publisher (which is apparently McGraw Hill, at the moment) through my university's MH sales rep; he's e-mailed the editor in charge of the rights to the latest softcover and PDF version and will let me know what's up once he finds out.


If they're willing to sell the rights then I'll pony up the first $200 if anyone wants to form a consortium to obtain them.


vav

Yeah i'm in for a hundred or two. I have the 2nd edition, but i'd be thrilled to help make it available for everyone who wants.


Bendu

What about a Kickstarter campaign to buy the rights and publish/e-publish a new edition?


a100user

I have a 2nd edition, which is still quite low quality in places. But would love to own a high quality copy both paper and e-book.

So happy to contribute.


russma

richard wrote:
...I think there is a huge gap in the market for a more comprehensive, "modern" text on modular synthesis. Shouldn't one of us be writing one?


I'm one of us.


Babaluma

yeah, imagine something like the strange text, mixed with sos synth secrets, with nice modern layout and graphics, in hard cover. drool...


Reality Checkpoint

Count me in for a contribution!

I do like the idea of a Kickstarter / Indiegogo campaign though.

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