Make: Analog Synthesizers
Make Electronic Sounds the Synth-DIY Way
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: May 2013
Pages: 184

Dive hands-on into the tools, techniques, and information for making your own analog synthesizer. If you’re a musician or a hobbyist with experience in building electronic projects from kits or schematics, this do-it-yourself guide will walk you through the parts and schematics you need, and how to tailor them for your needs. Author Ray Wilson shares his decades of experience in synth-DIY, including the popular Music From Outer Space (MFOS) website and analog synth community.

At the end of the book, you’ll apply everything you’ve learned by building an analog synthesizer, using the MFOS Noise Toaster kit. You’ll also learn what it takes to create synth-DIY electronic music studio. Get started in the fun and engaging hobby of synth-DIY without delay.

With this book, you’ll learn:

  • The differences between analog and digital synthesizers
  • Analog synthesizer building blocks, including VCOs, VCFs, VCAs, and LFOs
  • How to tool up for synth-DIY, including electronic instruments and suggestions for home-made equipment
  • Foundational circuits for amplification, biasing, and signal mixing
  • How to work with the MFOS Noise Toaster kit
  • Setting up a synth-DIY electronic music studio on a budget
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    3.0

    One for the shelf

    By tinkerfella

    from Michigan

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        Comments about oreilly Make: Analog Synthesizers:

        The good part is that there are some useful bits on components. It is not a beginner book by any means. If you think you'll be able to pick up a handful of electronic components and actually "Make:" something, you will find yourself wanting (Unless you buy the kit with prefab PCB). Ray Wilson has a vast knowledge of synthesizers and audio electronics, but I feel this book lacks in technical writing skill and suffers from the same foibles as the MFOS website. It can be hit or miss as he will begins explaining something really simple and then garble it with advanced knowledge and have a blue blurb box for foot notes that are more confusing than the original content and often lack actual definition other than how it is different from the other two examples. I found the book to be a bit scattered and even the schematics do not have pinout numbers on the ICs which would be frustrating to the youngster. Instead of showing a simple roll-off LPF, we get a poorly explained multi-pole filter definition along with a few schematics that aren't really going to get you anywhere on a breadboard (yep I actually built em). No, this book is a manual to build the MFOS Noise Toaster so it falls victim to the same problems others in the Make: series do in that it is a sales platform for their misguided electronic kit store. In 3 orders from makerstore I have yet to get a kit with all parts straight out of the box. If it is an experimental kit, then the schematic will have errors or not even the part necessary for the instructed project. This is not necessarily Mr. Wilson's fault, but it should be noted if you are going to fall in with the Make: "movement". Anyhoo, if Mr. Wilson could dial it back a notch as we say and get some of the wrinkles in both acumen and low-level execution ironed out, there could be some useful texts for years to come. As of now it is going to the thrift shop to hopefully inspire a newer tinkerer. I actually gave it a bit higher rating than I would have since Ray is kind of a legend in field and is far more coherent than Ghazalla and his electric rock diagrams (and insanely wrong schematics) lol. Perhaps a revision of this text would prove useful to a wider range of readers as they say :)

         
        5.0

        Excellent book for building a Synth for

        By D on the keys

        from Racine, WI

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        A perfect reference on the original analog synths and design. I'll be starting my system using this book for doing what would cost thousnds of dollars otherwise. Mant thanks to the Author and O'Riley for providing this excellent book!

         
        4.0

        Great book for newbies

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          Comments about oreilly Make: Analog Synthesizers:

          Very good starter book, I totally recommend this book, pretty error free, I found it very informative and instructive, well laid out and pretty easy to understand, a great book for using as a reference book as well as many IC's and transistor are very well documented, well written and researched.

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          Wisdom for the authors experience

          By dgcalhoun

          from Chattanooga,TN

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            This a great guide for the new kid on the block for DIY analog synthesizers. Even the seasoned pro is likely to pick up a lot of good ideas in this book. It is clear that the authors many years of experience and well rounded presentation should help the reader with a giant step forward
            in understanding and doing our own DIY analog synthesizers. I got my e-book version last week and will also soon be getting my hard copy.

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