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Electronic Projects for Musicians Paperback – March 1, 1992
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In this modern age, schematics, parts, and tips on building your own projects are just a mouse click away. For the amount of money it would cost to build the projects in this book, one could buy a multieffects box that is, arguably, more versatile with better fidelity.
However, EPFM is far from obsolete, especially in an era where analog effects are (thankfully) becoming all the rage again. The book might benefit from a revision that addresses the increased resources available via the internet and, if feasible, circuit design modifications which reflect any technological advancement in noise reduction.
Nonetheless, EPFM is still the standard for entering into the field of audio electronics. That is no accident. Some reviewers lament the book is not very in-depth and does little more than teach you to solder. Craig Anderton makes no secret of the fact that his objective is to whet your appetite and give you the opportunity to create some usable effects as effortlessly as possible.
He succeeds. The accompanying CD reveals that these are all wonderful sounding effects. The ring modulator is my personal favorite and the phaser sounds as good as any on the market.Read more ›
Still, the initial several chapters are timeless and contain great info for newcomers about basic concepts of building, soldering, wiring, packaging, etc. The book is almost worth it for those chapters alone. Sadly, the actual projects are unbuildable in 2008, and the book is frankly outclassed by so many books that have been written since. With the popularity of "Make" magazine and this new generation of DIY'ers, a major overhaul, re-write, and update of the book would be outstanding.
Don't be discouraged just because the book has old part numbers, you can still build the projects!
I have built these projects and installed them INSIDE the guitar. The parametric preamp is the coolest. It has a variable notch filter, band pass filter, with adjustable frequency. You can get all kinds of wild tone variations, from screeching treble to wha-wha.
The coolest guitar player's project book, for beginners.
HOWEVER, you need to understand that a HUMBUCKING pickup is probably the best choice for use with effects, because you will get less noise. You can take out the single coil and install a humbucker, if the noise of the single coil is bothering you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard/read a lot about this book, before I bought it. I was surprised to learn that the diy kits are still available online as well. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jeff
Craig Anderton has long been one of my favorite authors in the field of electronic music. His articles in "Keyboard" magazine, PAiA Electronics' "Polyphony", now... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David C. Garfield
This was a required text for a college class for my son. Good price and an excellent resource (according to him).Published 9 months ago by Greg
excellent - must have for anyone that wants to build their own or tweak what they have.Published 12 months ago by Salvatore J. Angelone
I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it. It's for absolute beginners.Published 14 months ago by J. Castile
This book has a lot of interesting information, but would only be useful for someone with a little background in electronics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kevin
It has some good information for a beginner. The only problem is that it is terribly outdated.Published 24 months ago by Steve N.