Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying: From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying

From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis, 2nd Edition

By Mark Jenkins

Routledge

416 pages

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Making its first huge impact in the 1960’s through the inventions of Bob Moog, the analog synthesizer sound, riding a wave of later developments in digital and software synthesis, has now become more popular than ever.

Analog Synthesizers charts the technology, instruments, designers and musicians associated with its three major historical phases - invention in the 1960’s-70’s and the music of Walter Carlos, Pink Floyd, Gary Numan, Genesis, Kraftwerk, The Human League, Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre; re-birth in the 1980’s-90’s through techno and dance music, jazz fusion and software synthesis. Now updated, this new edition also includes sections on the explosion from 2000 to the present day in affordable, mass market Eurorack format and other analog instruments, which has helped make the analog synthesizer sound hugely popular once again particularly in the fields of TV and movie music.

Major artists interviewed in depth include -

  • Hans Zimmer (Golden Globe and Academy Award Nominee and Winner, "Gladiator" and "The Lion King")
  • Mike Oldfield (Grammy Award Winner, "Tubular Bells")
  • Isao Tomita (Grammy Award Nominee, "Snowflakes Are Dancing")
  • Rick Wakeman (Grammy Award Nominee, Yes)
  • Tony Banks (Grammy, Ivor Novello and Brit Awards, Genesis)
  • Nick Rhodes (Grammy Award Winner, Duran Duran)

And from the worlds of TV and movie music

  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Primetime Emmy Award, "Stranger Things")
  • Paul Haslinger (BMI Film and TV Music Awards, "Underworld")
  • Suzanne Ciani (Grammy Award Nominee, "Neverland")
  • Adam Lastiwka ("Travelers")

The book opens with a grounding in the physics of sound, instrument layout, sound creation, purchasing and instrument repair which will help both entry level musicians and seasoned professionals appreciate and master the secrets of analog sound synthesis. Analog Synthesizers has an associated website featuring hundreds of examples of analog sound created using dozens of classic and modern instruments

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements

About the author

Introduction – what’s so great about analog?

Chapter 1

What is analog?

Sound

Frequency

Loudness

Wave shape

Harmonics and overtones

Noise

Phase

Synthesizer components

Circuit design

Sound design

Chapter 2

Aspects of analog sound

Voltage-controlled oscillator

Voltage-controlled filter

Envelope generator

Voltage-controlled amplifier

Low-frequency oscillator

White noise source

Sample-and-hold

Wave shaper, Ring Modulator

Subharmonic oscillator

Resonator, Frequency Shifter

Morphing filter

Vocoder

Sequencer

Keyboard

MIDI interface, Assorted Modules

Chapter 3

The birth of analog, the manufacturers and the artists

Moog

ARP

EMS

Oberheim

Sequential

Yamaha

Korg

Roland

Chapter 4

The growth of analog

Italy

France, The Netherlands

Japan

United Kingdom

Germany

USA

Chapter 5

Using and programming analog

Classical and avant-garde programmers

Jazz programmers

Pop and TV music programmers

Rock programmers

Pure synthesizer programmers

Techno-pop programmers

Programming for orchestral imitation

Programming rock, pop and electric sounds

Programming abstract sounds

Ten great analog sounds

Chapter 6

The analog revival

Chapter 7

Programming and using virtual analog hardware and software

Virtual analog programming

Virtual oscillators

Virtual filters

Virtual LFOs, Virtual Envelopes

Virtual controllers

Alternative applications

Analog software

Chapter 8

2013-2018 Updates; Musicians, New Instruments, Movies/TV

Obituaries

New Instruments

The Eurorack Explosion

Analog Goes To The Movies

Appendix A Classic instruments specifications and values

Appendix B Analog & virtual analog instruments now or recently in production

Appendix C Purchasing guide for analog instruments

Appendix D Bibliography

Appendix E Discography

Appendix F Contacts, Web Resources

Appendix G Website content – www.routledge.com/cw/jenkins

Index

About the Author

Mark Jenkins has written on electronic music for Melody Maker, International Musician, Keyboard Player (UK), Keyboard (USA) and many other publications. He has performed and recorded solo and with members of Tangerine Dream, Can, Gong, White Noise and Van Der Graaf Generator in the UK, USA, Europe, Brazil, Russia and China at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the London Planetarium, the Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, the Vanderbilt Planetarium, and the Teatro Nacional in Brazilia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
TEC001000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Acoustics & Sound