March 24, 2012
Roland - The Synthesizer Pt. 4...
by Chris Randall
Sorry this took so long, but real life intervened. Anyhow, here it is: the last of Roland's four-book primer on synthesis, The Synthesizer. This one is mostly concerned with how to synthesize different string and drum/percussion sounds; there is a brief (and slightly amusing) section on sound design, namely thunder, wind, and raindrops, that sort of thing. The most useful section is probably the drums. Most of the patch diagrams also have block diagrams, which should translate directly to any modern modular with a reasonable complement of modules.
Here 'tis. (15mb Zipped PDF.) If you haven't yet got the other 3 yet, here's all four in one folder. (51mb Zip file.) Scroll down to see the other three blog entries about this book and its contents.
Anyhow, this was quite time-consuming and expensive. If you find these useful in any way, a tip would be appreciated.