presets – the book


Stefan Goldmann: Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound (The Bookworm)

For his first book, PRESETS – digital shortcuts to sound, Stefan Goldmann has talked to industry leaders, programmers, producers, musicians and fine artists to gather a comprehensive description of the world of preset audio: from synthesis to sample libraries, from instrument emulations and gear cloning to automated composition and performance: shortcuts in electronic music, classical and traditional musics, guitar rock & fine arts are covered. The emergence of house, techno, hip hop, synth pop and, most recently, US ‘brostep’ and EDM in dependence of nudges and biases inherent in specific instruments are discussed in detail. Disruptive gear and iconic presets, their background and impact – from Korg’s M1, Yamaha’s DX7 and Roland’s 909 to Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, sidechain compression and Auto-Tune – are discussed in unprecedented depth.

Interviews with:

Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake – musician, lecturer & co-founder Ableton, Berlin
Mike Daliot – senior audio developer Native Instruments & lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin
Michael Wagener – multi-platinum music producer & engineer, Nashville
Dinis Schemann – pianist, Munich
Cory Arcangel – fine artist, New York
The Korg M1 product development team: Tomoko Itoh & Junichi Ikeuchi, Inagi
Tony Stevanovski – arranger, Sofia
Dimitar Kotev – musician, Sandanski

+ introductory essay and glossary by Stefan Goldmann.

219 pages, three editions (1 & 2 – green cover, 3 – black cover).

Click on the names for further chapter information.

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