[sdiy] Synth Electronics

BrightBoy jdec at mindspring.com
Tue Apr 9 04:30:23 CEST 2024

Nope. Bernie won't sell Electronotes anymore for health reasons.

However, you can still get mint, unread, new-old-stock, 2nd edition copies of 
Hal Chamberlin's seminal book, "Musical Applications of Microprocessors"  from me. 

Don't let the name fool you as it covers analog, digital and hybrid analog-digital synth design.

Most people on this list have purchased their copy from me.

Email me PRIVATELY if interested.


-----Original Message-----
From: Paulo Constantino <pconst167 at gmail.com>
Sent: Apr 8, 2024 10:08 PM
To: Pete Hartman <pete.hartman at gmail.com>
Cc: <synth-diy at synth-diy.org>
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Synth Electronics

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of Electronotes? They seem rare on the internet...

On Tue, Apr 9, 2024 at 12:39 AM Pete Hartman <pete.hartman at gmail.com (mailto:pete.hartman at gmail.com)> wrote:

On Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 5:54 PM Paulo Constantino via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org (mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org)> wrote:
Hi all,
I want to build an analog synth from scratch. I currently work as a digital IC design engineer at a semiconductor company and I have good knowledge in analog circuit design, but I'm not that good at advanced analog circuitry.
Can anyone recommend me a book or some tutorial on synth electronics?

This is a perennial topic.  I'm sure there are good things in the archive:
https://synth-diy.org/ (about half way down the page are the archive links)

If you can find a copy, Electronotes taught a lot of folks here the foundations of what they know, and worked out and explained a lot of what is considered standard now.  Unfortunately they're no longer available from Bernie (and please, list members, let's not turn this into another debate about that topic), so you will have to find someone who is selling their copies.  Join the sister list marketplace at synth-diy.org (mailto:marketplace at synth-diy.org) for your best shot at this.
A lot of folks will recommend _Make: Analog Synthesizers_ by the late Ray Wilson, whose website is still available here: https://musicfromouterspace.com/
I learned a lot from several books by Thomas Henry which are available at lulu.com (http://lulu.com)

 has a lot of discussion and lots of contributions by various folks with "names" in this area, as well as a wiki containing a lot of circuits.  You'll find recommended websites to look into such as https://yusynth.net/ (https://electro-music.com/forum/)  https://www.schmitzbits.de/ (https://ijfritz.byethost4.com/) and a ton of other discussion.  https://modwiggler.com has some fora that also cover this sort of thing, but there are lots of other topics there too, like discussions of the latest gear from the major manufacturers etc etc.  Some of that goes on on E-M as well but modwiggler has been the main hub for that for a while now.  It's all background that would be good to have even if not directly about the electronics.
Dr Aaron Lanterman has kindly made his Georgia Tech course "Analog Circuits for Music Synthesis", which covers a lot of the common blocks that a lot of analog synths/modules use as standard, available on youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYk8r3QlNi8&list=PLOunECWxELQS5bMdWo9VhmZtsCjhjYNcV

And there is some very good advice from Paul Schrieber of Synthesis Technology here, about things which aren't usually given much thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBGyEBQnIws 
As for getting rich :) I think Paul S has some relevant commentary about that as well which should be findable in the archive.

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