NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 12:58:36 -0600
Subject: Re: Building Analog Synths
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2002 14:05:11 -0500
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There's also some good used book store action on the internet, so you may be
able to pick up something old from them, e.g.
"Michael Black" wrote in message
> "Richie086" (Richie086@hotmail.com) writes:
> > hey
> > can anyone here point me towards a website or bookstore that has
> > on how to build or what goes into building analog synthisisers (sp)
> > I've been going to school for electronics for about 1 1/2 yrs so i know
> > the basics of electronics, but when i look for resources on this subject
> > come up short.. i've been opening up old synths (not tinkering with
> > anything tho on the off chance of messing it up) just to see how
> > works and i have the basic idea..
> > any help is appriciated!
> > thanks
> > richie
> You're not likely to find much recent material, since analog synthesizer
> techniques were bulky and more useable for studio work than live
> Once digital was affordable, it pretty much all moved over to that.
> So what you need to be looking for is older material, 20 to 30 years old.
> Back then, there was plenty of material about making synthesizers, which
> just happened to be analog. There were plenty of magazine articles. Don
> Lancaster wrote quite a few introductory articles for Popular Electronics
> in '74 and '75. A lot of PAIA designs showed up in Radio Electronics,
> including their early modular synthesizer. There was a whole newsletter,
> Electronotes, out of Syracuse, NY, about theory and building of
> Tab Books published quite a few books analog music synthesis, including
> circuits (many reprinted from magazine articles).
> Of course, specific dates would require looking them up, and at this point
> finding such things may be difficult, but that is the best source of
> since it dates from a time when people were using it and interested in it,
> so the descriptions may be more detailed, and there were construction
> If you need to find websites, then do a websearch. Likely it will be
> easy to find some sites, since there apparently is still some interest
> in analog synthesizers, though a relatively small interest. Such sites
> are likely to be the places to find detailed bibliographies, and legal
> or not, maybe copies of the articles.
> Check your libraries to see if they have any books. If you're lucky,
> they had some twenty years ago, and they still have them on the shelves.
> Most of the circuitry in an analog synthesizer is not unique. Once you
> understand the basics (a voltage controlled oscillator, that can put out
> various waveforms, a voltage controlled amplifier, an envelope generator
> to control the attack and decay via the VCA, some sort of filtering, and
> maybe sundry low frequency oscillators. Oh, and some sort of circuit
> to take the keys and put it into a form to control the VCO) and see
> how sounds work, then it's relatively easy to dig out circuits that will
> do the work, since the same circuits would see useage in plenty of
> other things.