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Pelsea
After getting to 100 posts I added a mention of my own text to the thread on books--- https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2877774#2877774

In addition, I have lecture notes and handouts from 33 year of teaching electronic music at UCSC. Some of these have been in internet circulation as a sort of quickstart guide to synthesizers. I was tempted to just let that go, but since the notes were thrown together class by class with little editing or proofreading, they aren't my best work. So I thought I'd fix them and wound up with a 70 page document. I am considering how to distribute it:

I could just post a PDF and set it free, but in the past I have discovered my notes on other topics incorporated verbatim in otherwise terrible booklets for sale on the net. If I publish through Amazon, I can keep some control and maybe finance another module. I'd price it about $6. For a free taste of how I write, see the attachment.

That brings up the question of what format, print or Kindle. Print has the advantage of being on paper, easy to manage while wiggling. Kindle is a lot more work and really doesn't format as well as print (there are lots of graphics), but I could be convinced go that route. I opened this thread so wigglers can express their opinion. What format do you prefer?

[Edit] This the preface- I know it's in a weird typeface, that is part of the joke. There is an example of the text proper (In Cambria) in latter post.
phats
PDF is fine I think, I’d prefer it over kindle if there’s images as well. Would suggest you do your readers a favour by using a font that maximises readability.
kindredlost
you SHOULD do this. No shame in monetizing your production over decades, especially when someone else is taking advantage.

PDF is by far the most accessible and has the benefit for the reader to be turned to hard copy, in part or whole as needed. It's also compact - memory wise.

I also agree with phats about the font. Easy on the eye is key for any tutorial/help guide.
Reality Checkpoint
I would love a copy of this, printed or PDF.

+1 on a standard font!
Pelsea
I usually use Times New Roman or Cambria font. I only used the curvy font on the attachment because I was trying to be cute.

Amazon is making changes to their print publishing service, replacing a lot of humans with computer apps. I'm not sure that that is the best way to go any more. I have to look into it.
sandettie
Just chiming in to express interest, would definitely purchase something like you describe. I trust you on the font front. thumbs up
Skotchi
Also interested.
wiggies
Pelsea wrote:

Amazon is making changes to their print publishing service, replacing a lot of humans with computer apps. I'm not sure that that is the best way to go any more. I have to look into it.


You might try one of the self-publishing services. I've done a couple of one-off books through Lulu though its been a few years. You can offer it as a printed book or as a PDF. I've never tried to earn $ for mine since I only made it available to family (it was a book of my dad's journal from WWII). Maybe worth looking into.
MrNezumi
The font is awful and the writing..... is all of it written that way? Are there diagrams/illustrations?
Pelsea
I guess the joke is lost on this generation. You have to remember where I was teaching, Santa Cruz California, about halfway between Esalen and Haight-Ashbury.

I’ll post something more representative later this evening.
Pelsea
Here's something more boring. Remember, there are 70 pages of this stuff.

Oops I saw a typo in this. I'll sort that out before I publish.
captjrab
I like your writting style. Maybe Make Noise can suggest a good font w00t
Kent
These brief snippets cause me to recall “Devarahi‘s Complete Guide to Synthesizers“, which is long out of print and would certainly be improved with elaborations upon modern synths and modules. I’ve also mentioned this book as it benefits as a teaching aid by getting to the point quickly; at least in the majority of cases. This can’t be said for most of the writings that orbit the Buchla and Ciat-Lonbarde worlds and I find that to be a disservice.

As my preferences tilt toward conversational & direct writing styles, I suggest steering away from unnecessary verbosity and flowery text as it tends to indicate an author that writes more for themselves than the reader. It becomes ponderous, offputting and boring in short order; a manner of in-group signaling and a barrier to entry to outsiders.

In short:
    modern equipment
    Throw in some Buchla e-series discussions of the power of preset management
    The processing of external signals with hard and soft wares
    Less “Tao of...”
    More “Amplifier Handout” style.


And I’d like to see it monetized in order to bestow additional perceived value upon the work and enough value in order to sustain the project and its development in the future.
phats
The boring one is way cooler, remember we're all synth nerds posting about synths on the internet here.

Would it be possible to make a supporting sound file of audio examples and chuck that + a pdf on bandcamp?

Also agree with others re price. If you've been doing this for 25 years its ok to charge for your expertise.
Pelsea
OK, I’ll leave the Tao out- that is the only attempt at humor. It was originally a poster I made for the beginner’s studio. It was intended to comfort students who were intimidated by the patchbay.

I had figured there were plenty of demos on YouTube. Making my own would pretty much quadruple the work. There are plenty of example patchs—not exercises as Alan used but more seeds for inspiration. Once you get your hands on the modules demos are no longer necessary.

As for modern equipment, the obvious focus is on basics, but I do cover advanced techniques like FM. I’ll post the table of contents later this morning. [edit] I'll be happy to write a book about Buchla, if they will give me a system!
xenosapien
Leave the Tao in, make it a preambel / epilogue thing or so maybe.

I am not huge on buying digital books, but I´d support you by buying this if it came in any "open" (i.e. not coupled/limited to a specific hardware platform) format. PDF would be fine.

Also:

I would pay ~5-10€ for something in Times New Roman or any boring normal legible font...

...but I would pay 100€ if it came in Comic Sans MS ! grin


(I´d probably be the only sale then, though, so maybe don´t go buy that Lamborghini yet... ^^ )
???
Interested!
Pelsea
Here's the outline. I welcome suggestions about other topics to cover.

A Tutorial on Modular Synthesizers
The Tao of Signal
A short digression into the world of acoustics
What we can see and measure
Waveform
Amplitude
Frequency and period
Phase
Beats
Fourier and his transform
What does an Electronic Musician Need to Know about Electronics?
Essential terms
Voltage
Ground
Current
Polarity
Impedance
Measuring Electricity
One more thing
What’s in a Synthesizer
The Most Likely Modules
Oscillators
Oscillator Spectra
Digital Sources
Amplifiers
Filters
Envelope Generators
Keyboards
Output Module
More Modules
Noise Generator
Ring Modulator
Mixers
The Matrix Mixer
Multiples
Delays
Comb Filtering
Flanging
Chorus
Echo
Reverberation
Analog Reverb
Digital Reverb
Convolution Reverb
Reverb In Electronic Music
Control Processors
Control Sources
Low Frequency Oscillators
Sample and Hold
The sample and hold at work and play
Sequencers
Clocking
Sequencer rhythms
Subdividers
Gate Logic
NOT
OR
XOR
AND
Flip-Flop
Interfaces
MIDI
Computer interfaces
Mechanical Transducers
What To Do With Your Synthesizer
Patches
Getting A Sound Out Of The Synthesizer
Basic Beep
Filtering the Beep
More Oscillators
Modulation
Amplitude Modulation
Ring Modulation
Frequency Modulation
Chowning FM
Phase modulation
Filter cutoff modulation
VCA Tricks
Percussion Patches
Gated Noise
Big Drum
Ping a Filter
FM Percussion
Autonomous Patches
LFO
ADSR Chain
Slew Limiting
Random voltage generator
Specialized Control Modules
Performance Patches
[to be expanded]

Annnd all of my careful formatting disappeared. Just imagine 3 levels of heading under the main heads, which are in bold.
Skotchi
Looks fantastic! Very much looking forward to this.
Keltie
I’m in, sir.

At any reasonable price, up to and including that charged for comparable reference works.

Personally I like arial, but any standard readable font is good, and a decent point size please.

My 2c:

“The Tao of patching, putting the zen into the zenthesiser” style might work better for start of chapter intros, short practical tips in side notes etc.

But given that this is mostly existing material, rather than being newly written and structured from the ground up, it’s all good.

thumbs up
giftculture
Put me down for a purchase once this all gets sorted - I love reading new books on synthesis!!!
Pelsea
It looks like I will be using lulu.com, which will put the price around $15. Still have a few final touches to add (then layout), so a Labor day pub date is possible. It will be 8.5 x 11 (US letter size) so the drawings don't get scrunched.

The Tao is a preface. It will add $0.03 to the cost of the book, given the number of pages I have now. As I said before, it is a joke, meant to put students with a fear of patching (they really do exist) at ease.

Is there a preference for the binding? Choices are perfect bound, which comes apart if bent backwards, or coil binding, which eventually breaks into annoying little bits of plastic.
luchog
I would love a hard copy or PDF, as I could use a PDF on my tablet much easier than a Kindle-formatted doc.

That font, though. d'oh! Good for intros, but definitely not good for the main body of the text, too much effort to read.

Coil binding would make it easier to lay the book out flat when working with it.
Skotchi
My preference would be for the coil binding, despite the risk of breakage. Heck, at $15 per, I could afford to buy two copies in the eventuality that the breakage occurs.
Kent
Coil for certain if meant to be used as a reference whilst patching and learning.
giftculture
coil binding for me! looking forward to it!
Keltie
Coil fo sho.
whyfarer
Interested - especially for coil
Rex Coil 7
Pelsea wrote:
I guess the joke is lost on this generation. You have to remember where I was teaching, Santa Cruz California, about halfway between Esalen and Haight-Ashbury.

I’ll post something more representative later this evening.
It's not lost on me! I'm 57, spent the first 12 years of my life (1960 to 1972) in the Bay Area ... San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Napa/Lake Berryessa, Sacramento, Santa Clara. We used to go see the hippies that were hangin' out at Haight-Ashbury. I clearly remember the coloring books that the Black Panthers were publishing and handing out to grade school kids. I had family that lived in Oakland. My mom's brother (my uncle Don) was a bus driver in Oakland and Hayward, my grandfather was a cable car operator in San Francisco, my grandmother was a telephone operator in Hayward, my father worked at Lockheed in Sunnyvale for 33 years.

So the humorous Tao reference lands with me. Reminds me somewhat of the book "Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance". I had a copy of that, as well as a copy of "The Last Whole Earth Catalog".

In '72 we moved from the Bay Area to Orange County (Ca.) ... then in mid 1973 we moved to Tucson Az.

Talk about culture shock! The difference between 60's Bay Area, 70's SoCal, and 70's Az really provided a very large spread of cultural experience in the western USA.

So please do carry on. Zen, Tao, Surfer chic, Mexican lifestyle .... hey man, it's all good! Throw synth-head ethos in that stew and it's a great and filling meal!

thumbs up
giftculture
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
Pelsea wrote:
I guess the joke is lost on this generation. You have to remember where I was teaching, Santa Cruz California, about halfway between Esalen and Haight-Ashbury.

I’ll post something more representative later this evening.
It's not lost on me! I'm 57, spent the first 12 years of my life (1960 to 1972) in the Bay Area ... San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Napa/Lake Berryessa, Sacramento, Santa Clara. We used to go see the hippies that were hangin' out at Haight-Ashbury. I clearly remember the coloring books that the Black Panthers were publishing and handing out to grade school kids. I had family that lived in Oakland. My mom's brother (my uncle Don) was a bus driver in Oakland and Hayward, my grandfather was a cable car operator in San Francisco, my grandmother was a telephone operator in Hayward, my father worked at Lockheed in Sunnyvale for 33 years.

So the humorous Tao reference lands with me. Reminds me somewhat of the book "Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance". I had a copy of that, as well as a copy of "The Last Whole Earth Catalog".

In '72 we moved from the Bay Area to Orange County (Ca.) ... then in mid 1973 we moved to Tucson Az.

Talk about culture shock! The difference between 60's Bay Area, 70's SoCal, and 70's Az really provided a very large spread of cultural experience in the western USA.

So please do carry on. Zen, Tao, Surfer chic, Mexican lifestyle .... hey man, it's all good! Throw synth-head ethos in that stew and it's a great and filling meal!

thumbs up


I agree - love the style and the tone, just didn't care for the font! smile
Rex Coil 7
giftculture wrote:
...I agree - love the style and the tone, just didn't care for the font! smile
But you see, that's just it .... that *typeface is a perfect match with the "ethos" of the era and location the author is pitching from.

I think that if he were to retain the Tao as a preface, the typeface he selected should be retained. At least just for the Tao preface. It's the ideal typeface for that writing style. Sortof "philosophically correct" if you will.

*typeface and font are two different things. Most people use the word "font" when what they're actually referring to is "typeface".

Example of fonts, are bold type, or italic type ... different weights and sizes of a typeface. So if the Tao was written in bold, that would be a different font of the typeface that was written in italics. Both are still the same typeface, but the bold and italics are different fonts of that same typeface.

This --> HI
... is a different font than this --> HI
... which is a different font than this --> HI

However all three are the same typeface.

Now that I've pissed off half the membership with some lecturing ...

I'll just get my coat ...
whistlin'
Pelsea
You get it-- the cursive style matches the pseudo religious tone. It's only on that single page-- everything else is blah Word defaults.

I was more inspired by the Tao of Physics, but ZATAMM works too. Also, some posters for sale at a local head shop. (Google the Serenity Prayer and look at images.)

It seemed to serve its purpose, which was to de-stress students who had patch anxiety. Many came into the course with no experience of anything more complex than a stereo, and found a room full of rack mount gear with a 5U telephone style patch bay kind of intimidating. As the years went on, the gear became more friendly and the students more experienced, but even at the last there were a few who were overwhelmed. I even detect traces of that in this forum.
giftculture
Quote:
If signal be lost, the beholder must follow the path from beginning to end, ensuring
the soundness and proper placement of patch cords and the settings of each device. Have
faith, for true failure is rare, and it is not in the power of the user to damage the gear.


Save for plugging outputs into outputs? smile
giftculture
Pelsea wrote:
You get it-- the cursive style matches the pseudo religious tone. It's only on that single page-- everything else is blah Word defaults.

I was more inspired by the Tao of Physics, but ZATAMM works too. Also, some posters for sale at a local head shop. (Google the Serenity Prayer and look at images.)

It seemed to serve its purpose, which was to de-stress students who had patch anxiety. Many came into the course with no experience of anything more complex than a stereo, and found a room full of rack mount gear with a 5U telephone style patch bay kind of intimidating. As the years went on, the gear became more friendly and the students more experienced, but even at the last there were a few who were overwhelmed. I even detect traces of that in this forum.


Don't get me wrong, I think it's a lovely idea (which I appreciate) and I am grateful that you are sharing your accumulated thoughts and notes with us! For some reason that particular typeface is hard on my eyes, and I wonder if there might be a similar typeface stylistically that would convey the same feel while being easier to read...

I absolutely will concede that the problem probably lies more with me than with it, and even said, it's the tiniest of quibbles. I'm still very excited to purchase your book once it is published! smile
giftculture
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
giftculture wrote:
...I agree - love the style and the tone, just didn't care for the font! smile
But you see, that's just it .... that *typeface is a perfect match with the "ethos" of the era and location the author is pitching from.

I think that if he were to retain the Tao as a preface, the typeface he selected should be retained. At least just for the Tao preface. It's the ideal typeface for that writing style. Sortof "philosophically correct" if you will.

*typeface and font are two different things. Most people use the word "font" when what they're actually referring to is "typeface".

Example of fonts, are bold type, or italic type ... different weights and sizes of a typeface. So if the Tao was written in bold, that would be a different font of the typeface that was written in italics. Both are still the same typeface, but the bold and italics are different fonts of that same typeface.

This --> HI
... is a different font than this --> HI
... which is a different font than this --> HI

However all three are the same typeface.

Now that I've pissed off half the membership with some lecturing ...

I'll just get my coat ...
whistlin'


Haha!

I'm definitely not pissed to learn something new smile Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us smile
Pelsea
giftculture wrote:
Quote:
If signal be lost, the beholder must follow the path from beginning to end, ensuring
the soundness and proper placement of patch cords and the settings of each device. Have
faith, for true failure is rare, and it is not in the power of the user to damage the gear.


Save for plugging outputs into outputs? smile


You know, in forty years of repairing gear trashed by university students, I never came across an output that was damaged in this way. The theory is clear-- if a circuit is designed to supply enough current to survive a short to ground, but not a milliAmp more, then connecting to an output that might swing negative could demand too much current. But what engineer in his right mind would release such a design? All it takes is an appropriate sized resistor or capacitor in series with the output, and you are safe. Now that goof is common enough with amateurs trying to piggyback power amps (see bridging power amps), and there was a day (the 50s maybe?) when engineers designed for best power transfer, but that is a phoneco thing.

Besides, we are talking about studios I designed and installed. I made sure everything I bought could withstand a fair amount of abuse. The line was mostly inspired by James Bond movies, where someone types a line of bad code and roomful of racks bursts into flame.

I used to pass that wisdom along as a bad idea, not because of damage, but because it wouldn't work-- you don't get a mix, you get an average weighted by the various impedances.

If others have experienced such a failure, I'd like to hear about it.
Sleipnir
Pelsea wrote:
giftculture wrote:
Quote:
If signal be lost, the beholder must follow the path from beginning to end, ensuring
the soundness and proper placement of patch cords and the settings of each device. Have
faith, for true failure is rare, and it is not in the power of the user to damage the gear.


Save for plugging outputs into outputs? smile


You know, in forty years of repairing gear trashed by university students, I never came across an output that was damaged in this way. The theory is clear-- if a circuit is designed to supply enough current to survive a short to ground, but not a milliAmp more, then connecting to an output that might swing negative could demand too much current. But what engineer in his right mind would release such a design?
[snip..]
If others have experienced such a failure, I'd like to hear about it.


Bwahaha, you don't use much Euro, I assume?
I've only trashed one module ( Pittsburgh Generator ) and that was plugging out ("Index out") to out (I forget what, probably something labeled confusingly on the GenXpander).
This was within a couple of weeks of building my first modular, so I was a bit gun shy after that.

Anyway, will def buy a coil bound version. I've enjoyed your posts and am glad you found Muffs.
Also, as a born & bred Santa Cruz boy, I hope you don't mind me turning the Zen bit into a poster for my studio. love
Pelsea
Sleipnir wrote:


Bwahaha, you don't use much Euro, I assume?
I've only trashed one module ( Pittsburgh Generator ) and that was plugging out ("Index out") to out (I forget what, probably something labeled confusingly on the GenXpander).
This was within a couple of weeks of building my first modular, so I was a bit gun shy after that.


Wow-- I notice those modules are no longer made. I wonder why? In any case labeling a jack simply "BAD" is a great example of poor design as discussed in one of my other threads.
Pelsea
Of course, the Tao does address this, perhaps I should include more emphasis?

Quote:
But if two signals are to be joined, it must be within the mixer, each signal to its chosen input.
Rex Coil 7
Sleipnir wrote:
....Also, as a born & bred Santa Cruz boy, I hope you don't mind me turning the Zen bit into a poster for my studio. love
I am considering the same thing. But using this process from these folks ....

LINK = https://fractureme.com/affordable-framing-prices

They can mount pretty much anything ~flat~ on a glass surface that can be hung on the wall, or placed on a shelf.

I'm already having them do the cover art from ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" album. That's an H.R.Giger piece, simply iconic. $45.00 bucks.

LINK = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_Salad_Surgery
Sleipnir
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
Sleipnir wrote:
....Also, as a born & bred Santa Cruz boy, I hope you don't mind me turning the Zen bit into a poster for my studio. love
I am considering the same thing. But using this process from these folks ....

LINK = https://fractureme.com/affordable-framing-prices

See, now you got me thinking about having it printed on my reflector cloud above the mixing desk.
Hmmmmm
hsosdrum
You publish; I purchase.

Suggestions:

• Use a larger font size with relaxed character spacing. Many (most?) of us are getting older and can't comfortably read smaller print on hard copy. (IMHO Cambria has more readable character spacing than Times New Roman.)

• Coil binding for sure, so we can lay it flat while trying out the stuff you suggest.

• Ignore those lacking a sense of humor or cultural history and definitely include the Tao, along with any other writings that help establish context for your work. People only learn when they are confronted with things they do not yet understand.
Rex Coil 7
hsosdrum wrote:
People only learn when they are confronted with things they do not yet understand.
You've just described precisely what's completely missing at many colleges and universities across the entire US. They're no longer centers of learning and higher education, they're overpriced indoctrination camps. I feel sorry for some of these kids. "Ok, we've shoved our political BS down your throats for 4 years ... now be the good little communist proletarians we've trained you to be and pay Big Brother every dime you make for your first twenty years after graduation! PAY! ... YOU OWE THE ELITE ... WE MADE YOU WHAT YOU ARE!!"

It's really a shame. The average grade point is 3.4 at graduation ... and yet, US college students rank 40th (or so) among the developed nations in S.T.E.M. All they've learned is how to be good little followers.

Back on topic, and just for fun (in the spirit of the New Youth) I've developed a chant sprinkled with protesters, a few violent actions, immature bird-flippers, and bullhorn toting soapboxers for authenticity .......

Retain the Tao! .... Retain the Tao! .... Retain the Tao! ... Retain the Tao! .....


I agree! lol! I agree! lol! I agree! lol!
smack! f u Rawk! headcrabs! Soapbox Rage!




HA!!! lol thumbs up






RETAIN THE TAO!
(dammit!) thumbs up
PhineasFreak
personally i think that diagram is an absolute nightmare - if i didnt already know every single thing youre saying i'd be totally confused. it reads to me like youre talking to people who already understand the material...
Pelsea
PhineasFreak wrote:
personally i think that diagram is an absolute nightmare - if i didnt already know every single thing youre saying i'd be totally confused. it reads to me like youre talking to people who already understand the material...


You mean this one?




Well, it’s not out of the blue— there is an earlier page that discusses waveforms, and one even earlier that introduces oscillographs. I made that particular drawing with MacDraw, which is why it uses a pulse wave. (You couldn’t draw a sine curve in MacDraw.) Maybe I should redo it with something more modern? (I'm going to have to redo it anyway-- blown up to this size, I see that the drawings have lost their alignment somehow.)

Or is it the lack of units that is bothering you? It’s just a sketch I used to make on a whiteboard.
merchant
Dear Peter, just a note to say thanks for your contributions, I’m one of those people who bought and read your books, and your Max tutorials have been super useful.

Chalk up another buyer for your notes here.
phats
The tao te ching is a spiritual, even religious text. Some people take those sort of things pretty seriously.

I'd rather a book about synthesis focus on synthesis, or memes about cats and too many vcas if it needs some lightening up. Just sayin'
Pelsea
Well, I mean no disrespect to Daoists, but with Amazon listing 30,000 titles that include the word Tao, I think that cat is out of the bag and out the door. I think we can all live in harmony with the fact that “tao” is a word meaning “way” or “path” (the path of signal, get it?), and my effort is no more offensive than “The Pizza Bible”.
dubonaire
Pelsea wrote:
You get it-- the cursive style matches the pseudo religious tone. It's only on that single page-- everything else is blah Word defaults.

I was more inspired by the Tao of Physics, but ZATAMM works too. Also, some posters for sale at a local head shop. (Google the Serenity Prayer and look at images.)


The Tao of Physics had a big impact on me when I read it.
a100user
pdf or hard copy would be great and yes, I would pick up a copy.
Pelsea
Perhaps this is better?



I'm going through and cleaning up the artwork. I have much better drawing tools than were available in the 80s.

I'm also looking for things I may have overlooked. I would appreciate any suggestions. (See the outline I presented earlier). If I'm going to ask for money, i want to make sure it is a quality product. (I have a shelf full of the other kind of synthesis books.) My approach is very general, but perhaps I should add something more specific.
electricanada
Pelsea wrote:
In addition, I have lecture notes and handouts from 33 year of teaching electronic music at UCSC.


Now I'm wishing I had taken your class when I went through UCSC back in the early 90s. I played guitar in the jazz ensemble, but otherwise did not interact with the music department. My loss....
PhineasFreak
Pelsea wrote:
PhineasFreak wrote:
personally i think that diagram is an absolute nightmare - if i didnt already know every single thing youre saying i'd be totally confused. it reads to me like youre talking to people who already understand the material...


You mean this one?




Well, it’s not out of the blue— there is an earlier page that discusses waveforms, and one even earlier that introduces oscillographs. I made that particular drawing with MacDraw, which is why it uses a pulse wave. (You couldn’t draw a sine curve in MacDraw.) Maybe I should redo it with something more modern? (I'm going to have to redo it anyway-- blown up to this size, I see that the drawings have lost their alignment somehow.)

Or is it the lack of units that is bothering you? It’s just a sketch I used to make on a whiteboard.


sorry to take so long to reply - i've been having illness and technical difficulties...

the digram(s) i was referring to are the module faceplates with ins n outs etc - just circles on a rectangle etc.
Pelsea
Ah, got it. A student going through these notes would have been sitting in front of the Emu modular, and those are the faceplates.

I'm redoing all of the graphics, and I'll see if I can come up with something more informative.
PhineasFreak
Pelsea wrote:
Ah, got it. A student going through these notes would have been sitting in front of the Emu modular, and those are the faceplates.

I'm redoing all of the graphics, and I'll see if I can come up with something more informative.


something more universal like this style might be helpful - allows for any format and in fact even synths that arent exclusively 100% modular:[/img]

Pelsea
How about this for panels?


I'm using the more or less standard flow chart conventions for the patches.



I first came across this in the ARP 2600 manual, but I've seen some version in just about every manual and text including Wells and Vogel and Strange. I've tried to add some clarity by using a variety of connecting lines and arrows.

Skotchi
Pelsea wrote:
How about this for panels?


Perfect.
hinterlands303
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
Pelsea wrote:
I guess the joke is lost on this generation. You have to remember where I was teaching, Santa Cruz California, about halfway between Esalen and Haight-Ashbury.

I’ll post something more representative later this evening.
It's not lost on me! I'm 57, spent the first 12 years of my life (1960 to 1972) in the Bay Area ... San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Napa/Lake Berryessa, Sacramento, Santa Clara. We used to go see the hippies that were hangin' out at Haight-Ashbury. I clearly remember the coloring books that the Black Panthers were publishing and handing out to grade school kids.


Those coloring books were actually produced and distributed by the FBI as a part of Cointelpro but that's a different story.

Back on topic - I'd definitely be down for a PDF or hardcopy. I'm teaching a friend some basic synthesis and while I'm a pretty good teacher in my area of expertise (theatre/performance art) I'm still pretty lousy at teaching synthesis so this would be super useful.
Pelsea
It’s not dead. In fact it’s pretty much finished. A few trusted eyes are looking it over to keep me from embarrassing myself, but it should go to print later in the week.

It will be a spiral bound paperback from Lulu.com. About $20 for 110 pages.
placebo92
First time hearing abour this but looking forwards to ordering a copy applause
giftculture
Awesome! Looking forward to ordering a copy ASAP smile
Riggar
I'm in - printed or pdf for me
Pelsea
It's finished. 115 pages, large format spiral bound for $20.
Available at Lulu.com. The quickest way to find it is search on my last name-- Elsea

I just put it up, so I don't have a proof copy yet, but all the files look right. Consider this a beta version. I'll be happy to entertain suggestions for improving it.


Here's the TOC

The Tao of Signal
A short digression into the world of acoustics
Converting sound into numbers
What does an electronic musician need to know about electronics?

What’s in a Synthesizer
The most likely modules
More modules
Control sources
Interfaces

What To Do With Your Synthesizer
Basic patches
Modulation
VCA tricks
Filter tricks
Percussion patches
Reverb
Performance patches
Autonomous patches
Driving autonomous patches
Master control
Two famous patches
Krell music
Entropical Paradise
Final word
giftculture
Awesome! Purchased!

Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
cptnal
Ordered on the strength of your probabilistic sample & hold idea over on the generative thread. thumbs up
Pelsea
Thank you for your support.
hsosdrum
I just ordered mine — really looking forward to getting it. Thanks SO much for putting in all the work, Peter!
placebo92
Just ordered my copy and can't wait to dig in. Thank you!
radin
Happened upon this thread this morning on my way to work. Just placed an order for your book. Looking forward to seeing more of your ideas.
Muzone
copy ordered - look forward to the read smile
wackelpeter
Ha... just ordered for the first time on lulu.com...

fingers crossed, hope everything goes smooth...
dooj88
just found out about this; your posts around here made this purchase a no brainer. very much looking forward to prose and pointers. Guinness ftw!
Skotchi
Another order!
Teusa Rass
Hi,
like Thomas Henry's books I'd like to find on Lulu
a pdf download version, or even better ePub,
to
1.- put it on my ebook reader, (not Kindle format)
2.- print it out and spiral bind it myself.

I'd pay the equal price for for an epub version like
for a printed, packed, and shipped over the seven seas book.

I feel like it might help saving the future
of us all by producing locally.
Pelsea
The problem with an ePub is this book is heavy on graphics, and the ePub format does not handle graphics well. It’s also not very handy for scribbling notes in the margins.

Lulu has printers in 150 countries (they claim) so the carbon footprint isn’t that bad.

As for pdfs, I’m only hoping to earn enough for a couple of modules before someone scans the book and posts it. No point in doing the hard work for ‘em.
wackelpeter
Teusa Rass wrote:
Hi,
like Thomas Henry's books I'd like to find on Lulu
a pdf download version, or even better ePub,
to
1.- put it on my ebook reader, (not Kindle format)
2.- print it out and spiral bind it myself.

I'd pay the equal price for for an epub version like
for a printed, packed, and shipped over the seven seas book.

I feel like it might help saving the future
of us all by producing locally.


Was asking similar myself, firstly because i wanted to avoid the custom fees and heavy postage rates if shipped from USA, this Always Held me back from ordering at lulu.com.
Now as it seems the books will be printed here in europe, eventually in Germany too, and shipped from there. At least going by the postage costs i would think so.

...and well i ordered a bunch of Thomas Henry books too (5 or 6) can't remember exactly how many as this was yesterday evening…. wink

btw. if this experience (with lulu.com in General) turns out satisfying are there any other recommendable books for the modular and DIY Enthusiast they share? Browsing with the search function and the usual suspect key words didn't offered many or any interesting results for me.
Muzone
My copy just arrived, I'm only at the 'semi-modular stage' so far and this looks a great learning tool for the forward journey.

Book was locally printed (UK) with gloss covers, black plastic coated spiral bind, and decent quality paper/print - all in all a nice package and glad you kept the Tao of Signal frontispiece smile
Pelsea
Congratulations, you have the first one. I haven’t even seen it yet. I hope you enjoy it.
wackelpeter
Received wednesday the confirmation that my order was shipped… with a bit of fortune it will perhaps arrive tomorrow…
hsosdrum
Mine arrived yesterday and I know it'll answer lots of questions and provide lots of inspiration.

Very well done; thanks, Peter!
Pelsea
Well, I finally got to see a copy for myself, and I must say Lulu did a good job. Any problems that turn up are my fault.

Now all I need to do is sell it to people, and I've never been very good at that.
mister_wavey
mine arrived today. Very clear text and diagrams, nicely printed! Thanks for this!

10 days from order to delivery in the UK.
cptnal
mister_wavey wrote:
10 days from order to delivery in the UK.


Calendar or working days? I ordered mine on 9 November and I'm watching the doormat with bated breath each day... hyper
mister_wavey
cptnal wrote:
mister_wavey wrote:
10 days from order to delivery in the UK.


Calendar or working days? I ordered mine on 9 November and I'm watching the doormat with bated breath each day... hyper


calendar. 4d after the shipping notice.
Muzone
cptnal wrote:
mister_wavey wrote:
10 days from order to delivery in the UK.


Calendar or working days? I ordered mine on 9 November and I'm watching the doormat with bated breath each day... hyper


I ordered on Thu Nov 08 and it arrived on Fri Nov 16, remember they're locally printed so 'shipping' is really just posting and shouldn't take too long.....
cptnal
Muzone wrote:
cptnal wrote:
mister_wavey wrote:
10 days from order to delivery in the UK.


Calendar or working days? I ordered mine on 9 November and I'm watching the doormat with bated breath each day... hyper


I ordered on Thu Nov 08 and it arrived on Fri Nov 16, remember they're locally printed so 'shipping' is really just posting and shouldn't take too long.....


Yeah.... That's what I thought. Maybe the postman will have been good to me when I get home. seriously, i just don't get it
dooj88
got mine last evening, and brought it into work to read during downtime. i'm going through all of it as a refresher, and so far everything is presented in a clear and easy to understand language while not being textbook-ey with plenty of images. well done, very happy to have it!

if i may, i'd like to supplement thetruncated fourier transformation section with this video. it has a cool academic vaporwave feel to it, plus the 3d visualizations are great, clearly showing how to construct higher harmonic content from adding together sin waves with different frequencies/amplitudes

starts at 6:40


the video gets kind out out there at the end, but the core info is there.

anyway, congratulations on the book, loving it! applause
whyfarer
Just ordered. I'm quite looking forward to it.
Skotchi
Another satisfied customer. Beautifully done, and based on a relatively cursory glance of the content, I believe this will transform my understanding of sound synthesis.

Thank you!
Pelsea
Thank you all for your kind words. Don't be shy about telling your friends!

And please consider writing a review. grin
cptnal
dooj88 wrote:

starts at 6:40


the video gets kind out out there at the end, but the core info is there.


Tried to watch this but the graphics made me feel queasy. sick
Pelsea
I've fixed my website, to the book is easier to find:

http://peterelsea.com/Notes%20on%20Modular%20Synthesizers.html

Lulu is having a sale thru Nov 29, 20% off. Code TWENTY18
Needles
Ordered.
Thanks for writing!
acinonyx
Lulu has 35% off!

from lulu:

"TODAY ONLY: TAKE 35% OFF YOUR ORDER
Offer Expires 26 November at 11:59 PM EST
Your Coupon Code: CM35"
SmartBits
acinonyx wrote:
Lulu has 35% off!

from lulu:

"TODAY ONLY: TAKE 35% OFF YOUR ORDER
Offer Expires 26 November at 11:59 PM EST
Your Coupon Code: CM35"


Thanks, couldn't resist now... ordered! w00t
acinonyx
yeah, me too..! the deal is still on!

Extended Cyber Monday Deals:
Take 35% Off Print Books & Calendars
Offer Expires 27 November at 11:59 PM EST
Your Coupon Code: CM35
electricanada
I was going to hold out for a 40% sale, but caved and ordered at 35%. Looking forward to the read!
mister_wavey
very much enjoyed the book, and immediately started again when finished. The collection of patches will give me lots of fun and learning. I'd recommend this to everyone starting out.
wackelpeter
still waiting… got my shipment notice on November 14th but still no sign when they arrive…

Anyone has a idea where they could have been printed, when the shipping Destination is Germany? I maybe have to add that i also ordered 5 Thomas Henry books, while at it...

Will wait until weekend or next monday and then ask them if they can send me a tracking ID or tell where my order left.
a100user
My copy arrived today, looks good.
radin
I received my copy. This is nicely printed and the writing is excellent and easy to understand. Very good and great value at relatively low cost. Thank you!
wackelpeter
Finally my copy arrived today… wonder what took more than two weeks for the delivery from France to Germany since i got my shipping notification…

Anyway, great work Peter, i really appreciate your efforts and like what i'm holding in my hands now finally… thumbs up
SmartBits
Mine arrived last week, took about 15 days total (shipment was from France, apparently there are no Lulu printers in the Netherlands).
Looks very informative, glad I ordered it! Now, one thing that sprung to mind while at work: is it possible for hardcopy owners to also receive a PDF version? Would love to be able to read it when not at home...
cptnal
Just raised a ticket with Lulu. 28 days + and still waiting! very frustrating
Pelsea
Yeah, they are posting a 7-9 day wait for print (before shipping), and there's a bit of discussion on their forum about it. They seem to be having trouble finding printers that can handle their range of products, and the Notes are one of the oddballs.

Unfortunately, authors have no more clout with them than customers.
Reality Checkpoint
Glad this got a bump!

It reminded me to order a copy. thumbs up
Pelsea
Reality Checkpoint wrote:
Glad this got a bump!

It reminded me to order a copy. thumbs up


Well, not for these reasons. I hope Lulu gets their act together soon. They do not have a perfect track record, but the alternatives are much worse. Even the big time textbook companies are a pain to work with.
SmartBits
@pelsea: is it possible that people who bought the hardcopy can also get a PDF version? I understand if you’re reluctant to share though.
Pelsea
SmartBits wrote:
@pelsea: is it possible that people who bought the hardcopy can also get a PDF version? I understand if you’re reluctant to share though.

I don't want to be the grinch here, but there are several problems with PDF--
1. Once I let the cat out of the box, I can't put him back in. (I know he'll get out eventually.)
2. Lulu doesn't share customer information with me (a point in their favor), so I don't know who has bought the book.
3. If I give away a PDF with the agreement that you won't share it, you have to be the grinch.

Manning provides PDFs with their ePubs, but they have the advantage of automatic updates to paid costumers, and their price structure reflects a certain level of pass-along. (I shopped this project to Manning, but they didn't see a big enough market.)

I'm not getting rich here- I think I've sold enough to get a Plonk-- but once I've filled my new rack (4U, 114hp) I'll look at the possibility of doing an ePub.
cptnal
They're going to resend with tracked shipping. Fingers crossed! Mr. Green
Reality Checkpoint
Pelsea wrote:
Reality Checkpoint wrote:
Glad this got a bump!

It reminded me to order a copy. thumbs up


Well, not for these reasons. I hope Lulu gets their act together soon. They do not have a perfect track record, but the alternatives are much worse. Even the big time textbook companies are a pain to work with.


I was aware of the Lulu issue, but I ordered in spite of that, as I think that the book is superb value, and will be well worth the wait.
Pelsea
cptnal wrote:
They're going to resend with tracked shipping. Fingers crossed! Mr. Green


I hope you get it soon, considering the encouragement you gave me to finally get off my butt.

I'm wondering if there is any interest in a book 2. That would include essays on system design, performance, advanced generative patches, and any other topics wigglers might suggest.
Reality Checkpoint
Pelsea wrote:
I'm wondering if there is any interest in a book 2. That would include essays on system design, performance, advanced generative patches, and any other topics wigglers might suggest.


Interest here.......

thumbs up
dooj88
Reality Checkpoint wrote:
Pelsea wrote:
I'm wondering if there is any interest in a book 2. That would include essays on system design, performance, advanced generative patches, and any other topics wigglers might suggest.


Interest here.......

thumbs up


Drinking more knowledges, please
hsosdrum
Pelsea wrote:
cptnal wrote:
They're going to resend with tracked shipping. Fingers crossed! Mr. Green


I hope you get it soon, considering the encouragement you gave me to finally get off my butt.

I'm wondering if there is any interest in a book 2. That would include essays on system design, performance, advanced generative patches, and any other topics wigglers might suggest.


I'll get one. thumbs up
Skotchi
I’m in for Book 2!
SmartBits
Pelsea wrote:
there are several problems with PDF
...
but once I've filled my new rack (4U, 114hp) I'll look at the possibility of doing an ePub.

Totally understandable, no problem.

I'll be looking forward to a second book!
mister_wavey
book 2 would be very welcome.
Reality Checkpoint
Reality Checkpoint wrote:
Pelsea wrote:
Reality Checkpoint wrote:
Glad this got a bump!

It reminded me to order a copy. thumbs up


Well, not for these reasons. I hope Lulu gets their act together soon. They do not have a perfect track record, but the alternatives are much worse. Even the big time textbook companies are a pain to work with.


I was aware of the Lulu issue, but I ordered in spite of that, as I think that the book is superb value, and will be well worth the wait.


Shipping notice received today, so it looks as though they are beginning to get their act together. (Ordered on 19/12)
Reality Checkpoint
Arrived today. Wonderful - should be required reading for all.

we're not worthy
Pelsea
Thank you all for your business and kind words. Please consider writing a review...
cptnal
Just arrived. Hoo-flippin'-ray! If any occasion called for a comfy armchair and a big pot of Russian tea it's this one. w00t
acinonyx
got mine 2 weeks ago! excellent, Mr. Elsea!

no problems here with Lulu. shipped from France. economy mail (no tracking). 12 business days.

I'll buy book 2. and book 3...

+1 for system design, performance, advanced generative patches.

a small review:

The writing is simple and understandable.
If you don’t know nothing about modular synth get it.
If you are starting from scratch (e.g simple up to famous patches) get it.
It’s not just one time reading. you will get back and forth.
If you think you know about modular add it to your collection.

How to get a sound out of a modular synth…? what?
I bet most of us hesitated to ask when started out!

see, i had to learn the hard way!

thank you!
Prunesquallor
I read my copy over the Xmas break. Great work! It explained basic concepts in clear and elegant ways I hadn't thought about and enlightened me time and again. I'd highly recommend this to everyone, not just beginners, and I'd definitely be up for more books covering more advanced patching.
dan_k
Have been sporadically flipping through and enjoying this. Plenty of ideas that have jogged my thinking in new directions and would welcome any additional volumes.

Have left a review on lulu. Hope it encourages others to support your efforts.
jim-analog
Greetings,

Peter,

Just ordered in US, let's see how long it takes. I've had good luck with Lulu in the past and hope for the same.

Yes, much interest in Vol 2 and then whatever else you have in the big pile! Thanks for doing this and keep up the good work of passing on the info. We can't let this stuff be lost to history and/or too difficult to find for the future synth enthusiasts.

Regards, Jim



Pelsea wrote:
cptnal wrote:
They're going to resend with tracked shipping. Fingers crossed! Mr. Green


I hope you get it soon, considering the encouragement you gave me to finally get off my butt.

I'm wondering if there is any interest in a book 2. That would include essays on system design, performance, advanced generative patches, and any other topics wigglers might suggest.
jim-analog
Greetings,

Just a heads' up. I received a shipping notice over the weekend and the book arrived today! So, less than a week from order. Lulu is doing a great job in case anyone is concerned.

Thank you Peter for making this available...................looking forward to Vol 2 and whatever else you may have.

Regards, Jim
UltraViolet
My copy took about the same time to arrive. A great book for any synth fan.
SmartBits
Got a discount coupon for the shipping costs in the mail for Lulu, maybe it works for others as well:

ONESHIP

Valid until April 4th.
bengarland
Got my copy in the mail today (super fast international shipping!) and it looks awesome -- very clear concepts and layout. As a beginner to the world of modular synthesis, I really appreciate that Peter made this available. Recommended!!
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