Can you recommend me any music production/synthesis books?

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Can you recommend me any music production/synthesis books?

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I find books a very valuable source of learning.

These are the DRM-free epubs I've managed to acquire:
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These are the Kindle and physical books I've acquired:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2 ... production

I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some good books on music production and/or synthesizers that are not included in these lists?
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wordswords wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:07 pm These are the Kindle and physical books I've acquired:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2 ... production
Have you read them all already?
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You've got Jim Aikin's "Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming" on your list, which is the book that made the basics click for me around 20 years ago. I would go through that and then see where you're at.

I wouldn't recommend going straight from Aikin to something like the Farnell, which is a huge tutorial on how to make sound effects using PureData (i.e. pretty specialized).
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I just got the Patch and Tweak Modular book, loving it.

A book I don't see on your list is Sounds and Scores by Henry Mancini, might be interesting from an orchestral scoring POV.

Also, great list!
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+1 for Patch and Tweak! I find myself coming back to it and getting new things out of it all of the time.

For something more focused on the creative & artistic side rather than the technical, Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by Dennis DeSantis is pretty great too.
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I'm generally not into videos but I really like Venus Theory (ie Cameron) videos. Some are product endorsements which aren't bad if you just look at what he's doing with them. His main thing is more video/movie composition, product libraries and sound design. But there is a lot of good info on plugins, recording techniques and music theory.
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