A-100 Further Reading

The resources in the following list should help you increase your knowledge of analog synthesis, and the skill with which you can use modular systems like the A-100. Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is any publication missing in the list.

Specialist books
(Books in German language are listed in A-100 Literaturhinweise)

Rolf-Dieter Lieb and Ulf Kaiser: A Guide To Modular Worlds, ISBN: 2147483647, English language, publisher: SynMag Germany

This book is about synthesis, the underlying technical specifications with added interviews of artists and manufacturers.

Sound Synthesis, Oscillation and Waveforms, Wavetables, Samples, Filters, Distortion, Resonators, Amplification, Effects, Modulations, Envelopes, LFOs, AM, RM, FM, PD, Arpeggiators, Sequencers, Modularity, Jacks, Racks, Voltages, Gates, Clocks, Triggers, CVs, Interfaces, MIDI, Analog, Digital, Hybrid- & Software-Designs, Polyphony, Literature, Rhythm Sources and much more.

In other words, all you want to know for a good start into the worlds of patching your own sound ideas with Modular Synthesizers, conventional Synthesizers and Software Synthesizers!

Extract: https://www.synmag.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MW.pdf

Keld N. Sørensen: Modular synthesizers, ISBN 87-90958-67-5 (Danish language), publisher: http://www.mellemgaard.dk

This book is meant to be a manual for synthesizers, and modular synthesizers in particular. I´ve chosen to focus on this, as there is no manuals for these “wonder machines”  apart from a description of the indvidual modules – Which comes with the purchase. There are no instructions on how to connect the modules or how many and what modules you´ll need to make useful sounds with a modular system.
In the book I´ll try to answer questions such as: How do I connect the keyboard? How do I get sounds from the synthesizer? What is an oscillator? What is a trigger delay used for? How do I change pitch? How do I change the intensity of the vibarto? How do I get exactly the sound I´m looking for? Which modules and how many of each, do I need in my modular synthesizer so that I´ll get the most out of it?
All this – and similar questions that you´ll be asking yourself when you are in front of a modular synthesizer for the first time will be answered in this book. All examples are shown on a Doepfer A-100 modular.
Keld N. Sørensen

Enrico Cosimi: Analog & Virtual Analog / Come funziona un sintetizzatore, supplemento alla rivista Chitarre, ISBN 88-900846-9-3 (Italian language)

The book explains all the modules that occur in an analog modular synthesizer. Real analog synthesizers are described as well as virtual analog ones. Many of the real modules are explained by means of A-100 modules. Contains a lot of pictures of vintage synthesizers and A-100 modules and systems.

The book can be ordered directly from the author Enrico Cosimi: ecosimi@chitarre.com

Joris Van de Velde : Synthesizers (Dutch language), Publisher

For Dutch reading people, here is a book which explains you how synthesizers do work. Modular systems like the A-100 are explained module by module. What do they do, how and why. Then we start patching, connecting one module to the other one. Modulating the filter with an LFO, setting up a sequencer to an oscillator, starting the envelopes, etc. From simple patchings to advanced patching methods. Creating possibilities which enhance a simple setup to a grand modular system.

The book can be ordered for 35 Euro only from the author website : http://vdvb.be/audiocollage

  Allen Strange, Electronic Music Systems, Techniques and Controls, 2nd edition, Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers, Iowa, USA. ISBN 0-697-03602-2*
This book by Allen Strange is very comprehensive and thoroughly recommended, because as well as all of the basics it also includes a huge number of patches and practical tips. It’s easy to read, instructive and very well organised . but hard to find....
The email address of Dr. Allen Strange that was published here is no longer valid.st@ma
  Vail, Vintage Synthesizers, GPI Books / Miller Freeman Inc. San Francisco, 1993, ISBN 0-87930-275-5*
A background read rather than great technical help.
  Synthesizer Technique ISBN 0-88188-715-3 and Synthesizer Basics ISBN 0-88188-714-5
revised re-prints of very useful and authoritative articles from Keyboard magazine, by Moog, Rhea, Milano, Coster, Duke, Powell, Gleeson, DeFuria, Anderton, et al.
  Crombie, The Synthesizer & Electronic Keyboard Handbook ISBN 0 330 28681 1, and The New Complete Synthesizer ISBN 0-7119-0701-3
The latter especially is a good general introduction.
  Trythall, Principles and Practice of Electronic Music, 1973, ISBN 0-448-40002-6
an early classic.
  Forrest, The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers
Part One (A-M), ISBN 0 9524377 0 8*, and Part Two (N-Z), ISBN 0 9524377 1 6* : Susurreal, England. tel +44 (0)1363 774627, fax +44 (0)1363 777872

Chamberlin, Musical applications of microprocessors, Hayden Book Company, Rochelle Park / New Jersey, 1980, ISBN 0-8104-5773-3

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  • Elektor (in German or English language), Elektor-Verlag Aachen, Germany
  • Elrad (in German language), Heise-Verlag Hannover, Germany
  • Electronic Musician, Polyphony Publishing Co., Oklahoma City / USA
  • Electronics and Music Maker, Glidecstle Publications Ltd., Alexander House, 1 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IVY, England
  • Polyphony, Polyphony Publishing Co., Oklahoma City / USA
  • Synthesource (Curtis/CEM house magazine)

"The Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis" by Steve deFuria (VH017, Warner Bros., Munich / Germany).