SynthWiz Simple Synth has been designed to illustrate some of the concepts in Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User. The synthesizer is available to download for free—you don't need to buy the book to get hold of the synth.
The synthesizer has been specifically designed to be a straightforward synthesizer with a limited set of features, and not to confuse the musician by trying to do other things (like sound good or look nice). SynthWiz Simple Synth isn't a synthesizer you are likely to use everyday. Instead it has two specific purposes:
First, it is intended as a straightforward synthesizer for anyone looking to get to grip on subtractive synthesis and sound design basics. These principles are demonstrated with this synthesizer in Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard and they can then be applied to any synthesizer.
- Second, it is intended for people who want to develop an understanding about modular synthesizers and how to create synthesizers using SynthEdit (SynthWiz Simple Synth was built with SynthEdit and the underlying SynthEdit files are also available for free download). As you would expect, you are walked through the construction of the synthesizer in Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard.
Read More about the Book
All of the explanations about how to install and use the synthesizer, and how to build it using SynthEdit are covered in Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User. You can read more about the book (and check out the introductory video) by following this link.
Get SynthWiz Simple Synth
SynthWiz Simple Synth is available in Windows VST format. The synthesizer was built with SynthEdit using standard SynthEdit components (the only bit of customization is the background image which is a simple bitmap). If you want to look at the construction of the synthesizer, then you can download the SynthEdit files and the background bitmap too.
Where to get the book
Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User is available from leading book retailers including Amazon and the iBookstore: