[LAU] mixing techniques and synth : book references ?

micromoog micromoog at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 11:23:28 UTC 2010

On the synthesis side, I recommend Curtis Roads' _The Computer Music
Tutorial_.  It covers various other topics related to digital audio
and computer music as well.

For free, there's also Miller S. Puckett's _The Theory and Technique
of Electronic Music_.  It's focused on PureData, but the general
concepts apply to any synthesis environment.


On 6/1/10, fons at kokkinizita.net <fons at kokkinizita.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:00:17AM +0200, Jean-Yves Poilleux wrote:
>> I've been try to compose for several months/years now and i'm never
>> pleased
>> with the mix and with the synth sounds. My use of effects and filters are
>> more or less random. I'm self-educated here but not very well ;-).
>> More, each time I listen to my tracks on a new system, it sounds
>> different.
>> So I'm willing to learn some mixing techniques (and some synth techniques
>> as
>> well). I'd like to have a better understanding of sound mixing and synth.
>> A
>> little studying will do me good.
>> Do you know any good book references about these subjects, french or
>> english
>> ? Of course if they tackle the subject of free audio software as well I
>> would just be great.
> Bob Katz has already been mentioned.
> Porbably the most efficient way to learn this sort of thing
> is to work under the supervision of someone who knows what
> he's doing, either formally or unformally.
> Apart from that, again 'know what you are doing' - that is
> don't just turn knobs blindly, but try to understand why
> things work or don't work, and learn the relation between
> 'the knobs' and 'the sound'.
> If something sounds OK after you have been tweaking it for
> a long time, the chances are that I will disappoint you when
> you hear it again next week. The reason is that your hearing
> will adapt even to the worst ideas if you give them enough
> time. This improves with training and lots of very conscious
> listening. But an essential part of being able to set e.g. an
> equaliser or an effect is to do it relatively quickly and
> without too much 'exploration'.
> Ciao,
> --
> FA
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