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Csound Power!

Csound Power!

ISBN 13: 9781435460041

ISBN 10: 1435460049

Author: Jim Aikin

Pages: 400

Published: 01/20/2012

Print Book Price: $39.99 Add to cart

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Csound, a free, cross-platform, do-it-yourself software solution for sound synthesis and music production, has been growing in power for more than 25 years. Getting started with this highly sophisticated system can be a bit daunting for new users. But once you've mastered the basic concepts, using Csound is nearly as easy as plugging patch cords into a modular synthesizer. That’s where CSOUND POWER!: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE comes in. This definitive reference to Csound provides a thorough look at the most important features of this powerful program—as well as an introduction to a few secret features that even experienced Csound users may not know about. In this hands-on resource, you'll learn how to download and install Csound, how to understand the structure of a .csd file, and how to use dozens of the most important opcodes in the program. You'll find concise explanations, hands-on projects, and numerous code samples that will help you take advantage of Csound's dense, feature-rich environment and make a powerful difference in your music-production workflow.
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  • The only up-to-date guide to using Csound that speaks equally to existing users and newcomers, the text requires no previous knowledge of computer programming.
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions are designed to get users started with Csound and quickly move them toward the accomplishment specific, useful tasks.
  • Tutorials that not only show you how to use the user-friendly features of "front end" software, but also reveal amazing musical possibilities that you had never imagined--including real-time performance use with MIDI.
Author Bio
Jim Aikin
Jim Aikin has written hundreds of articles on music technology for Keyboard, Electronic Musician, Mix, and other magazines. He is the author of POWER TOOLS FOR SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMING, CHORDS & HARMONY, PICTURE YOURSELF PLAYING CELLO, and two out-of-print science fiction novels. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and other magazines. He is also active as a hobbyist computer programmer, having released half a dozen freeware text adventure games. To learn more about his varied activities, visit
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Table of Contents
1. The World of Csound.
2. Downloading and Installing.
3. QuickStart Projects.
4. The Structure and Syntax of a .csd File.
5. Using the CsoundQr Interface.
6. Building Your Own Instruments and Effects.
7. Thirty Opcodes You Must Know.
8. Writing a Csound Score.
9. Front Ends.
10. Using Csound with MIDI, OSC, Pd, Python, and Live Audio.
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