MATRIXSYNTH: Roland "The Synthesizer" 4 Volume 100m Modular Synthesis Guide

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Roland "The Synthesizer" 4 Volume 100m Modular Synthesis Guide


via this auction

"I bought this from someone in Japan ten years ago for a hundred dollars even though I already had a used set, which had been incredibly useful when I got into modular synthesis on my 100m system. I couldn't resist because I had never seen one before that was actually new, still in the original shrink-wrap (and haven't seen one since). This might very well be the only new, still shrink-wrapped copy of this awesome four volume book on the planet.

The Roland Company, founded in 1972, was one of the earliest manufacturers of music synthesizers, and has shaped electronic music immeasurably. In the late 70s they produced a series of instructional manuals for musicians to provide a basic theoretical understanding of acoustics and synthesis, and practical applications for producing useful sounds on a voltage controlled synthesizer. A Foundation for Electronic Music discusses sound, synthesizing methods, pitch, loudness, and timbre. Practical Synthesis for Electronic Music, in 2 volumes, explains basic patches, modulation, advanced synthesis, accessories, block diagrams, string sounds, rhythm and effects, and sound-on-sound recording. Multichannel Recording covers tape recorders, basic techniques, creating more tracks, and noise reduction. All four books contain numerous drawings, diagrams, photographs, and notated musical examples.

Year of Publication: 1984 4 bound volumes: "A Foundation For Electronic Music", 68 Pages 'Practical Synthesis For Electronic Music' Volume 1, 103 Pages "Practical Synthesis for Electronic Music" Volume 2, 109 Pages 'Multichannel Recording For Electronic Music'. 48 Pages"

Note there is a digital version online.

Cool TB-303 synth art in the background.

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