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  • #31
    Hardware or sound design ? any advice ?
    Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


    Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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    • #32
      This was getting incredebly interesting and informative ..... I hope some last

      participant will contribute but I really do apreciate a million for does who did .
      Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


      Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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      • #33
        If you're interested in digital synthesis (and even if you're not, since many analog synths these days sport microcontrollers and other digital bits), I would be become a C guru (that's a programming language, not to be confused with C++, which may also come in handy). Know your math, from trig up through a few differential equations classes. DSP coding uses lots of FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms) and a whole host of other fun bits of math, so math math math math. Learn real-time OS programming, as that's a whole different ballgame than programming for, say, Linux/Windows/OSX. Also, knowing your way around current microprocessors would be good too. Understanding how to throw all of that stuff at musically-useful problems is the capstone -- how to program sequencers, arpeggiators, AD and DA conversion, MIDI/OSC programming, and so forth.



        Really, there are a few different skillsets that could be useful. One is the industrial designer -- i.e. the people who come up with design concepts for physical products. One is the electrical engineer, or in other words the guy who understands what all the pieces of silicon do and how to hook them up correctly so nobody gets hurt and signals get transferred properly from place to place. One is the OS/DSP programmer, which is the person who writes code to make all the bits of silicon work together to perform different tasks; display a list of programs on a screen, apply digital DSP to signals, control hardware signal routing (via relays or something similar), manage patches in a logical and useful way, and so on. The Sound Designers, or the people who make the presets, are in another class altogether. They have the ability to translate vague and specific descriptions of sounds into usable patches, and come up with stuff on their own as well. A good sound designer (IMO) should have an idea as well of what a "useful" sound is and how to determine if it's actually useful to somebody. A vast functional sonic knowledge of music helps in both of those processes.
        Powered by soundware -- http://pc3nerd.blogspot.com/p/nxt-so...s-kitchen.html

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        • #34






          Quote Originally Posted by intercorni
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          I'm a Synthdesigner and I talk and test with musicians. However not public!




          Is there something you do can talk about, or PM me about it ?





          All is apreciated
          Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


          Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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          • #35
            poserp
            Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


            Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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            • #36
              I'm getting ready to start college (again) in January and am planning to major in Computer Science. I am very interested in some of the same questions you are Mini. I realize that it will be 4 years before I am done, but I'd like to know where to put my emphasis. I heard what poserp said about Math, Math, Math and I understand that. I never have done well in math and that concerns me a bit. I'm trying to approach it from an understanding that math is more about probelm solving than anything else but it still scares the **************** out of me. I'm leaning towards wanting to develop VST's and/or iPad/iPod/iPhone Apps at this time but that could all change in 4 years. I am planning on getting a good foundation in C but the last time I studied programming was COBOL and RPG II so things have changed quite a bit since then. At my age (53) school is going to be a challenge as my memory/mind isn't what it used to be. I'm also interested in Sound Design as well. So like Mini, any advice from anyone here would be greatly appreciated.
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              • #37
                but the experience and maturity you have gain is going to make up or even give you some advantage.









                WHY CAN'T WE VISIT A FACTORY OR SE MORE UPCLOSE HOW ITS DONE ?



                THERE IS NO ACTUAL VIDEO OF IT ON YOUTUBE ONLY ONE BUT IT'S MINIMAL
                Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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                • #38
                  Go take a tour at the Moog factory.
                  Hurrr. Derp, derp, derp.

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                  • #39
                    PM Dave Polich over at Motifator.com, he's a sound designer, he might be able to steer you. Post this same post at korgforums.com, and Motifator.com, lots of sharp folks there.

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                    • #40
                      Lot's of wisdom in this thread. I agree with those who recommend schooling in CompSci. After that, go back for EE. Then MegaCorp will offer you Big Bucks to sit in a cube and twiddle bits and you'll forget all about this silly synth business.









                      Quote Originally Posted by midinut
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                      I'm getting ready to start college (again)




                      Good luck! I admire adults who can tackle college and work at the same time. I always planned to finish my BSEET, but I made the mistake of working for 'a few years' after I got my AS. The 'few years' turned into 35 so far... I did sign up for night school once, but on the way to the first class a drunk driver totaled my car. I took that as a sign.
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                      • #41
                        Athan Billias is Bad mister in motifator.com?


                        No, he is not. Bad Mister's real name is Phil Clendeninn, he's a customer support guy.
                        My VCAs go to 11

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                        • #42
                          WHY CAN'T WE VISIT A FACTORY OR SE MORE UPCLOSE HOW ITS DONE?
                          Unless you're talking boutique companies (and considering their size, Moog is probably still considered boutique), most hardware synths are manufactured in Asia. Not sure if Korg runs a dedicated manufacturing plant (Roland and Yamaha certainly do), but the design and manufacturing teams are almost always in completely different locations. Actually, manufacturing is generally the least interesting part of synth creation

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                          • #43
                            Audacity Works wrote:
                            Or you could do what I did, and design so many products with so much detail that some company says "Hey Audacity. We're not sure if we want to invest in your product line(s), but damn, you're a geek. Why don't you just work here?"

                            That's cool- from the ground up, your resume is all the work you've done.

                            Like a lot of musicians, I got into recording engineering 'cause I wanted a leg up on recording myself cheaply and be in the biz. I found out the hard way that there's a lot of musicians like me, and even after substantial capital investments in my studio (upwards of $20k), and going to school for recording engineering (dedicated courses at a Community College), my competition was incredible, with people giving away their studio time at $15/hour, sometimes less.

                            My experience of the music business overall:
                            1. Waaaaay too many guys
                            2. Tons of competition

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                            • #44
                              Unless you're talking boutique companies (and considering their size, Moog is probably still considered boutique), most hardware synths are manufactured in Asia. Not sure if Korg runs a dedicated manufacturing plant (Roland and Yamaha certainly do), but the design and manufacturing teams are almost always in completely different locations. Actually, manufacturing is generally the least interesting part of synth creation
                              Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                              Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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                              • #45
                                Unless you're talking boutique companies (and considering their size, Moog is probably still considered boutique), most hardware synths are manufactured in Asia. Not sure if Korg runs a dedicated manufacturing plant (Roland and Yamaha certainly do), but the design and manufacturing teams are almost always in completely different locations. Actually, manufacturing is generally the least interesting part of synth creation
                                Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                                Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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