February 25, 2012

Roland - The Synthesizer Pt. 1...

by Chris Randall

I was able to scan in the first of the four Synthesizer 2nd Edition books. This is "A Foundation For Electronic Music," and the title pretty much sums up the contents. It is the smallest of the four, and contains a general overview of synthesis types of the era and what filters do.

It is perfectly pertinent today, as we've not diverged much in the 40 years since this book was made, with the caveat that it only talks about the methods available at the time, which were subtractive, additive, and some very basic computer stuff. There are three others in the set: Multichannel Recording For Electronic Music, which mostly describes recording and mixing techniques for a four-track tape deck and a 6-channel mixer, and the two-volume Practical Synthesis For Electronic Music, which has in-depth programming techniques. It mostly uses the System 700 for its examples, but the second volume also uses the System 100 and SH-101.

In any event, here is where you can get a zipped version of the PDF. I'll put up the rest in the next few days as I get to them, and once I have them all scanned, I'll bundle 'em all together and put them on the Free Shit page. If you find these useful, here's a tip jar. I paid too much money for these, and it'd be nice if I could spread the pain around a bit.



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Feb.26.2012 @ 1:49 PM
Much appreciated! Sent some dipyrone your way - I can't get that book here in Brazil, so it seems fair to contribute with an analgesic not available in the US.

Feb.26.2012 @ 2:02 PM
Chris Randall
If I end up with anemia, I'm blaming you.


Feb.26.2012 @ 5:47 PM
Hollywood Sims
This is wicked, cheers!

Feb.26.2012 @ 5:59 PM
Thanks Chris!

- Hugo

Feb.27.2012 @ 1:31 AM
Thanks man! I saw this set on ebay for $150 and that's just not in my budget. I'm sure I saw this when I was in high school in the 1980's but it didn't really apply to anything I was doing with my Korg Poly-800. Now that I'm old and have a bunch of analog softsynths, I'm trying to learn as much as I can before this information disappears, along with their creators.

Feb.27.2012 @ 3:35 PM
I'm excited to dig into this, thank you. I donated a little, let us know if you need more.

Feb.27.2012 @ 3:36 PM
Chris Randall
When you guys see me tweet a picture of my shiny new black-on-black Dodge Challenger SRT-392, then you'll know that enough donations have been received.


Feb.27.2012 @ 4:30 PM
Huh. I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion on this. I barely even know about the topic and find these books to be extremely intriguing.

Now I have to get my iPad 2 running on my Mac Mini so I can actually sync this shit up. Changing platforms from PC to Mac has been... effortful thus far.

Feb.27.2012 @ 7:45 PM
a guy who drove race cars for the factory dodge team (in road races not the 'lets go fast and turn left' races) told me "they're called dodge because that's what you end up doing when you drive one on a race track because they handle like shit". he said you end up steering them as much with your feet as you do with your hands, "though the brakes suck too."

he also said something about "anyone can go fast in a straight line"

but, being an american male you no doubt are acquainted with the typical boat like handling traits of american vehicles.

Feb.27.2012 @ 7:50 PM
Chris Randall
I'm not entirely sure what that has to do with anything, since I'm not likely to drive in road races any time soon. If I did, I'd want a car that won, like an Audi R8.

Honestly, I could give a fuck about "American" cars; the vast majority of the parts are made in other countries even if the final assembly is done here, and I wouldn't feel even a slight bit bad if it was built with Chinese tweens chained to the assembly line, and ran on the oil of baby seals. I like Dodges because I'm 6' 4" tall, and it is the _only_ brand that has designers that recognize that not everyone is built like Oliver Hardy.

Plus they look bad-ass.


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