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Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:21 pm
by serv
Does anyone know of good electrical engineering books on hardware synthesizers?

I want books that go pretty deep into mathematics and electronics behind hardware synths, not just overview of it.

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:30 pm
by adhmzaiusz
You'll have better luck looking into general electronics and realizing how it applies to synths. PWM controls all, from the hazard lights in your car to the motor in your electronic tooth brush. :D

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:34 pm
by StepLogik
Musical Applications of Microprocessors by Hal Chamberlin

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:45 pm
by schmidtc
StepLogik wrote:Musical Applications of Microprocessors by Hal Chamberlin
That's the bible for this sort of thing. Some of the circuits in Chamberlin are pulled from Electronotes.

http://electronotes.netfirms.com/

Aaron Lanterman's online lectures are great, just google him.

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:38 am
by sqweebking
Music Synthesizers - A manual of design and construction by Delton T. Horn

Gives examples of each synth circuit and breaks down its operation, a good reference even when looking to build some synth modules.

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:23 am
by theglyph
A great book about OP amps, filters, oscillators and such which can be applied to the understanding of synths from a solid math standpoint is:

http://www.mhhe.com/engcs/electrical/franco3/

Anyhow, Electronotes and the Chamberlin book are great references and there is some great stuff to be found at:

http://www.electro-music.com/forum/forum-112.html

http://www.synthdiy.com/

Re: Good electrical engineering books on synthesizers

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:17 am
by garranimal
Any proper engineering articles written by Bob Moog.