Synthesizers and Subtractive Synthesis 2

Application and Practice

Synthesizers and Subtractive Synthesis 2

Jean-Michel Réveillac, University of Burgundy, France.

ISBN : 9781786309259

Publication Date : June 2024

Hardcover 300 pp

165.00 USD



Subtractive sound synthesis is one of the most widely used techniques in electronic music and in many analog synthesizers since the early 1960s. It is based on a simple principle, but its operation is complex, involving many parameters. It can be enhanced by a variety of effects that give the sound its authenticity, and does not simply imitate musical instruments, but can also transcribe noises present in natural soundscapes or generate entirely synthetic sounds.

Synthesizers and Subtractive Sound Synthesis 2 presents practical exercises, ranging from the fundamentals to advanced functionalities. Most of the sound effects applicable to subtractive synthesis are covered: vibrato, phaser, reverb, etc. The final chapters deal with polyphony and arpeggiator-sequences.


1. Subtractive Synthesis: The Beginning.
2. Subtractive Synthesis: The Fundamentals.
3. Advanced Subtractive Synthesis.
4. Duophony, Paraphony and Polyphony.
5. Sequencers and Arpeggiators.

About the authors/editors

Jean-Michel Réveillac is an associate lecturer at the University of Burgundy, France. He is a consultant to media companies and runs a sound restoration, mixing and transcoding studio. He has specialized in sound processing and synthesis for 35 years.

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