- Series: The MIT Press
- Paperback: 1234 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; Edition Unstated edition (February 27, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262680823
- ISBN-13: 978-0262680820
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Computer Music Tutorial (The MIT Press) Paperback – February 27, 1996
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About the Author
Curtis Roads is a composer and researcher and was Editor and Associate Editor of Computer Music Journal for 20 years. He is currently Professor in Media Arts and Technology and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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The level of math is general enough for the attentive layman, yet not dumbed-down (I really should brush up on my trig, of course). If you want more detail on a subject, there are plenty of 'Suggested Reading' lists within. That's not to say the book skimps - it doesn't. I could go on, but a look at the Table of Contents says it better than I would.
I'll admit, though - this book doesn't go in-depth on traditional analog techniques. I assume it wasn't meant to, given the title and abundance of analog synth books at the time of publication. This book will help you transfer analog techniques into the computer realm, but to learn those techniques in detail, you may want to supplement this with another - probably older - book.
This book is essential. Of course, please don't buy it just to give it a one star because it didn't teach you how to use Fruity Loops - it's not that kind of "computer music" book. If you're genuinely interested in the subject matter, you won't regret owning it!
Here's a case in point: I'm interested in putting together a simple reverb unit. I know how comb and allpass filters work. How do I hook them together to make something that sounds decent? This book gives me a great overview, and then points me to Moorer 1979, which turns out to be *exactly* what I'm looking for.
Having this book on my shelf is like having a friendly colleague who knows all about the topic, and is willing to share and provide pointers. Wonderful.
For me this is an awesome, well written reference book oriented on every aspect of digital audio.