Synthtopia on Make Analog Synths book

I was watching out for this book so it’s good to know that it’s almost reading to ship. More at Synthtopia.

Interested in making your own analogue synth?

Well then this might just be the book for you.Here’s the description:

Dive hands-on into the tools, techniques, and information for making your own analog synthesizer. If you’re a musician or a hobbyist with experience in building electronic projects from kits or schematics, this do-it-yourself guide will walk you through the parts and schematics you need, and how to tailor them for your needs. Author Ray Wilson shares his decades of experience in synth-DIY, including the popular Music From Outer Space (MFOS) website and analog synth community.
At the end of the book, you’ll apply everything you’ve learned by building an analog synthesizer, using the MFOS Noise Toaster kit. You’ll also learn what it takes to create synth-DIY electronic music studio. Get started in the fun and engaging hobby of synth-DIY without delay.
With this book, you’ll learn:

  • The differences between analog and digital synthesizers
  • Analog synthesizer building blocks, including VCOs, VCFs, VCAs, and LFOs
  • How to tool up for synth-DIY, including electronic instruments and suggestions for home-made equipment
  • Foundational circuits for amplification, biasing, and signal mixing
  • How to work with the MFOS Noise Toaster kit
  • Setting up a synth-DIY electronic music studio on a budget

It isn’t available as yet, but seems to be coming in April.

Via O’Reilly.

HHH Book on iBooks

I posted about this book before from fellow blogger Taz. It’s on iBooks now and I thought I’d post a little reminder.

Covering everything from structuring story with virtual index cards, to shooting footage with specialized camera apps and accessories, to putting it all together with powerful editing tools, this book will bring novice filmmakers up to speed, and inspire working professionals to rethink their aging workflows. It will take you through the entire filmmaking process, while clearly describing all the best apps & accessories along the way. It will help you understand and unlock the potential packed into every iDevice.

The book is priced at $31.99

Hand Held Hollywood's Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone - Taz Goldstein

Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone

I posted about this book from fellow blogger Taz. Now it’s on iBooks.

Covering everything from structuring story with virtual index cards, to shooting footage with specialized camera apps and accessories, to putting it all together with powerful editing tools, this book will bring novice filmmakers up to speed, and inspire working professionals to rethink their aging workflows. It will take you through the entire filmmaking process, while clearly describing all the best apps & accessories along the way. It will help you understand and unlock the potential packed into every iDevice.

The book is priced at $31.99

Hand Held Hollywood's Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone - Taz Goldstein

HHH book is out on iPhone Filmmaking!

Great to see this book on iOS film making arrive at last. It’s been a long time coming. If you’re interested you can find it …

here on Amazon:
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And also available on Kindle:
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Need some help understanding MIDI?

I think it can be too easy to assume that everyone knows loads about how MIDI works and as a result just gets how virtual MIDI works too. I know that this isn’t the case, so if you’re struggling a bit with what MIDI is about you might be interested in Basic MIDI by Paul White.

It isn’t expensive on iBooks, and you can get a hard copy quite easily too. It isn’t massively up to date but the key MIDI concepts are all there and it’ll give you a clear idea about what people refer to when they’re talking about how MIDI works.

So if you’re struggling with MIDI, take a look.

Basic Midi - Paul White

Secrets of House Music Production by Sample Magic

Thought you might be interested in this:

Sample Magic’s award-winning Secrets of House Music Production book comes to the iPad as a huge, fully-interactive App.


The 2011 edition of the definitive book has been rebuilt from the ground up to include all the original content – with chapters on drums, basslines, mixing, arrangement, vocals, fx, mastering and more – PLUS 340+ audio examples, 60+ interactive walkthroughs, 38 realtime beat-building grids, 3 full pro-track arrangements, a complete effects directory and much more.


The App clocks in at over 500 pages of seminal tips, tricks and walkthroughs – with words from Mark Knight and Wolfgang Gartner. It’s a classic on steroids: the ultimate house production companion.


The free App comes bundled with a range of pages and walkthroughs to give you a taste of what is available in the full paid-for version, which is then purchased in-App, either chapter by chapter, or – for a better price – all content.

Secrets of House Music Production by Sample Magic - Sample Magic

iPads at the Apple Store

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Nic Collins book Handmade Electronic Music on iBooks

I’ve mentioned Nic Collins book before, but I just found it on iBooks, and although it isn’t cheap at £22.99 (GBP) it is a great book. Here’s a little description which claims it includes a DVD. The print version does, but I just can’t see the iBooks version having the same!

Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly. This revised and expanded second edition is extensively illustrated and includes a DVD featuring eighty-seven video clips and twenty audio tracks by over one hundred hackers, benders, musicians, artists, and inventors from around the world, as well as thirteen video tutorials demonstrating projects in the book. Further enhancements include additional projects, photographs, diagrams, and illustrations.

Handmade Electronic Music: Second Edition - Nicolas Collins

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How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis

Here are the details for How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis:

How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis looks at creating sounds using analog synthesis techniques. Analog synthesis works by taking a sound source and shaping it with a filter. This is a simple but powerful technique which allows you to create the warm, rich, energetic, and commanding sounds, and with some care you will find tones with detail, complexity, and delicacy. You will have heard these techniques used on many recordings and will immediately recognize the sounds they produce. After reading the book you will be able to create and control these classic sounds when you apply the techniques to hardware or software synthesizers.

How to Make a Noise: Analog Synthesis - Simon Cann

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How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis

A number of new books on iBooks from Simon Cann. Here’s the details of How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis:

Sample-based synthesizers can be used to create the sound of a full orchestra or individual instruments. They can replicate the sound of a full drum kit, delicate vintage gear, and specialist instruments. Samplers allow one musician to play the bagpipes, a shamisen, a lute, and a whole orchestra, all at the push of a button. As well as offering the facility to recreate the sound of real instruments with a high degree of sonic fidelity, sample-based synthesis also allows real sounds to be used as the basis for new sounds. These sounds can then be manipulated and mangled to create unimagined sounds with genuine complexity and depth. How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis looks at how to create and control sounds–both realistic recreations of real instrument and creative warped tones–and the tools and techniques that are available to help shape your sounds.

How to Make a Noise: Sample-Based Synthesis - Simon Cann

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