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Education » Literary
Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer Patch & Tweak : Exploring Modular Synthesis 3rd Ed. PDF screenshot
English | 2018 | ISBN: 9788799999514 | 368 pages | PDF | 672MB
PATCH & TWEAK provides an opportunity for new and experienced users to become true masters of their modular systems by exploring, explaining, and demystifying a range of topics relevant to anyone interested in modular synths or just synthesis itself.

PATCH & TWEAK is recognized worldwide as the definitive overview of modular synthesis and its tools and techniques. It combines a systematic exploration of the components of synthesis with a comprehensive reference guide to modules and their interactions. Starting with basic concepts, the book literally takes an empty frame and gradually fills it with modules of all kinds, describing their functions in detailed yet understandable terms. Over 700 modules from dozens of manufacturers have their moment to shine, and luminaries of synthesis fill the book with their particular methods, patches, and viewpoints through a wide range of interviews.

Thousands of modular synthesists – beginners and experienced musicians alike - have widened their horizons and deepened their understanding with PATCH & TWEAK. Now it’s your turn.

Artists reveal their modular secrets
How do successful artists turn their modular synthesizers into power and beauty? Learn from the best, from award-winning composers to the hottest new sound designers from around the world. Read and learn with Caterina Barbieri, Todd Barton, Colin Benders, Ian Boddy, Russell E.L. Butler, Richard Devine, Jill Fraser, Bana Haffar, Hataken, Andrew Huang, Junkie XL, NODE, Robert Rich, Robin Rimbaud, Lady Starlight, Emily Sprague, and Hans Zimmer, among others.

Designers open their doors to you
Modular synth designers and makers draw inspiration from a whole world of ideas… and maybe beyond. Have you ever wondered how they come up with these grand designs? Find out with an unprecedented collection of interviews with the geniuses at Bastl Instruments,, Erica Synths, Fraptools, Intellijel, Make Noise, Moog, Music Thing Modular, Mutable Instruments, Noise Engineering, Rossum Electro-Music, Serge,, Verbos Electronics, WMD, 4ms Company, and more.

Where do you start?
Modular synthesizers are an open book waiting to be written – a prospect that can be pretty scary for a beginner. PATCH & TWEAK is here to help, with step-by-step strategies for building a modular that will reflect your creative desires. Start with an empty case, and learn about everything that can go into it. There’s even a guide to semi-modular and software solutions to help get you started.

Concepts of synthesis – made easy to understand and easy to apply
From the basics of sound synthesis to the outer reaches of modern design, you’ll find everything you’ll need to approach your modular with confidence. Starting with building blocks like oscillators, filters, and amplifiers, you’ll go from discovery to discovery through everything from essentials like envelopes, LFOs, mixers, effects, and CV modifiers, to more in-depth sound-shaping tools like waveshapers, samplers, drum and percussion modules, rhythm pattern generators, sequencers, controllers, and more. Get a grip on concepts like harmonics, voltage control, logic functions, random signal sources, and dozens of others – and never feel out of your depth again.

Save money, save time, save the hassle
With hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of modules out there, it can be easy to buy a module that you think will be brilliant for you… but then just falls flat. Having a good knowledge base for making buying decisions is vital for every modular user, and with this book, you’ll have all that and more. Learn what you need to know in order to make sure that your next purchase is the right one!

Created by acclaimed authors and modular experts
For PATCH & TWEAK, bjooks creator Kim Bjørn sought out the best co-author possible for a book of this kind: none other than Chris Meyer, world-renowned modular synthesis educator ( Chris and Kim have created a book overflowing with helpful hints, beautiful illustrations, and hundreds of inspiring ideas, with the help of the editing team of Paul Nagle and Diana Smethurst, with assistance from Sam Molineaux, Nanna Clausen, and Isabella Bondo Bjørn.

It’s time to get serious about learning modular
Packed from cover to cover with everything a modular enthusiast might need to know and with a thoughtful Foreword by modular luminary Suzanne Ciani, PATCH & TWEAK is recognized all over the world as the most beautiful and practical introduction to modular synthesis there is. Add it to your arsenal today!

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  Member 2.10.2013 5 260
Wow!!! Thanx!!!
  Member 1.01.2018 4 211
There are 2 different downloads - one is 478.78 MB and the other 672 MB - are they the same?
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2508
downloaded the 480mb version and the pdf file is in there 672mb in size. I think just different compression, same file.

The pdf seems very detailed and covers a lot of useful topics, the graphic is great as well. Looks like a really good guide.
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 1.01.2018 4 211
Thanks - I see the final book is the same in both files. Good guide indeed.
  Resident 2.03.2019 170
Not to brag but easily convertible to just 9 MB
Use Photoshop or some batch converter app ofcourse I'm not archiving this 700 MB for a PDF naah
  Member 28.07.2020 105
hey WhiteBear
fancy an upload of your compressed file? thank you in advance :-)
  Supplier 18.01.2014 130 301
Just use something like SmallPDF to minimize the File yourself.
  Member 19.08.2021 1 9
I considered compressing it, but it seems better to provide more information and let people decide for themselves whether or not they want to compress. It's very easy to do.

Considering how graphically intense this book is, compressing it to 9mb would introduce more visual artifacts than I would personally be comfortable with.
  Member 9.07.2014 555
I agree. 9mb would be way too small. I did manage to get it down to 126MB with Nitro PDF though and I can't tell the difference. It's a pretty cool upload though so thanks!
  Member 16.01.2014 7
  Member 11.01.2016 359

thanks for this
I've (sadly) been drooling over this book but don't have the funds so I'm grateful for this fantastic offering

  Resident 6.03.2018 780
Skimming through it, it's so good -- and not just for people wanting to learn about modulars. I wish I'd had this when I was starting to learn about synthesis in general -- it explains so much of the stuff it took me years to figure out on my own.

Thanks to uploader. I love this website.
  Member 15.09.2022 8
amazing, thank you! Any chance to get the moog one as well?
  Member 19.08.2021 1 9
I don't have it but I have this vague memory of seeing it out in the wild. I think it can be had elsewhere.

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