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Blckstage
Hi all,

I'm looking for (a) book(s). Which covers the theory about synthesizing.
An other book about patching is also welcome!

I prefer physical books above pdf but good lecture on pdf is welcome as well.

Off course I have read the patch and tweak book which is aan awesome book but this covers mostly the different types and kind of modules. I'm looking for something I can use in practice.

Thanks in advance!

KR

JG
batch
Alan Strange’s Electronic Music is a classic.

You can find it on Amazon but is expensive.
electricanada
Blckstage wrote:
Hi all,

I'm looking for (a) book(s). Which covers the theory about synthesizing.
An other book about patching is also welcome!

I prefer physical books above pdf but good lecture on pdf is welcome as well.

Off course I have read the patch and tweak book which is aan awesome book but this covers mostly the different types and kind of modules. I'm looking for something I can use in practice.

Thanks in advance!

KR

JG


Peter Elsea's book on Lulu.com is a good introduction. Allen Strange's book is OOP, but pdf copies are easy to find.
Drakhe
Don't forget check Learning Modular from co-author of patch & tweak, also his LM on YT
MindMachine
My favorite is : Analog Electronic Music Techniques: In Tape, Electronic, and Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer Studios

https://www.amazon.com/Analog-Electronic-Music-Techniques-Voltage-Cont rolled/dp/0028731409

I also recommend the Sam Ecoff book. It uses the ARP 2600 as a reference but it can be applied to any VC synthesizer. And it is free I think:

http://www.samecoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ARP-2600-book.pdf


Of course the Alan Strange book is a classic.
mosorensen
I think I remember reading (on MW) that somebody are talking to Alan Strange's estate about the rights to the book for a possible reprint. I may be wrong, though.
BenA718
Definitely check out Patch & Tweak.
lauprellim
I can only speak to Alan Strange’s book and the much newer tome Patch & Tweak. Both are highly interesting and useful. The Strange book is out of print and used copies are very expensive.

Patch & Tweak contains a number of patch suggestions using a kind of symbolic visual vocabulary, so you don’t necessarily have to have a specific module to create the patch.
mosorensen
Agree entirely. Patch & Tweak is basically an encyclopedia of modules, organized by type, with some interspersed interviews and patch suggestions. Alan Strange focuses on different kinds of patches. Both are excellent, but very different.

There are some *cough* somewhat illegitimate .pdf versions of Strange's book circulating (or so I have been told).
teezdalien
http://rolandkuit.com/e-Books.html

pricey, but there's a wealth of patching knowledge here.
EATyourGUITAR
https://www.amazon.com/Musimathics-Mathematical-Foundations-Music-Pres s/dp/0262516551

https://www.amazon.com/Musimathics-Mathematical-Foundations-Music-Pres s/dp/026251656X/

a video guide

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFa4_po__8wMNscyFfDy6Dn-_hZdtr- jo
rjd
News on the effort to reprint Allen Strange's book is here:

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=203573
chromakey
I obtained my annotated/highlighted copy of Electronic Music for free out of a pile of discarded books outside a professor's office at my university's school of music where I was also attending some composition, music history, and electronic music classes at the time and played with their Moog modular (which almost nobody was even slightly interested in touching). I understand that after I graduated uni and lost access they sold the system for US$16K maybe ten or fifteen years ago to a private collector in order to fund the purchase of some Macintosh computers for the music lab, which I'm sure have by now been scrapped. In fairness, it was getting a bit scratchy/noisy after all those decades and was deserving of a complete restoration. At least I have some photos and recordings of jamming on it though I'm said their students and faculty lost access to a rare gem. smile
sduck
Folks, please do not offer or distribute pdfs of Allen Strange book. The family doesn't allow it, and it's against our intellectual property rules.
locust_locust
sduck wrote:
Folks, please do not offer or distribute pdfs of Allen Strange book. The family doesn't allow it, and it's against our intellectual property rules.


You can buy it for almost 1/10th of the Amazon price from Abebooks.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/electronic-music/author/a llen-strange/
mritenburg
The Arp 2600 owners manual offers a great introduction to subtractive synthesis: http://manuals.fdiskc.com/flat/ARP%202600%20Owners%20Manual.pdf
Manresa
locust_locust wrote:
sduck wrote:
Folks, please do not offer or distribute pdfs of Allen Strange book. The family doesn't allow it, and it's against our intellectual property rules.


You can buy it for almost 1/10th of the Amazon price from Abebooks.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/electronic-music/author/a llen-strange/


That’s the first, not second edition.
MindMachine
locust_locust wrote:
sduck wrote:
Folks, please do not offer or distribute pdfs of Allen Strange book. The family doesn't allow it, and it's against our intellectual property rules.


You can buy it for almost 1/10th of the Amazon price from Abebooks.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/electronic-music/author/a llen-strange/


Which is a miracle in my findings. Abebooks is steeeeeep for a lot of things.
Blckstage
Thank you all for the many efforts!

Here an interesting link with pathing examples:

http://www.modular-planet.de/modular-planet-survey.html
sduck
Manresa wrote:
locust_locust wrote:
sduck wrote:
Folks, please do not offer or distribute pdfs of Allen Strange book. The family doesn't allow it, and it's against our intellectual property rules.


You can buy it for almost 1/10th of the Amazon price from Abebooks.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/electronic-music/author/a llen-strange/


That’s the first, not second edition.


Scroll down, the second edition is also listed, and at a much steeper price
dubonaire
There is also this: The book of bad ideas V2

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93120
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