Most helpful critical review
It provides general aspects on this topic but not practical.
on August 26, 2012
For people who wish to have general idea about this subject or need this for the first academic course in electronic music, it would be alright.
I had used and currently still used electronic music instruments from Rhodes, E-Mu, Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Clavia, Akai, Kurzweil, Waldorf, Creamware, .... not counting effect machines, controllers, mixer, audio cards and audio recorders ....
after reading (online) a few opinions about this book, I bought it in hope to learn a few practical things from it, I am quite disappointed.
For people who never have actual experience with electronic music instruments (EMI) other than (strictly) electric pianos or department stores' keyboards, then this book still give them many interesting information about all classes of EMI.
The author have assembled many general and scientific knowledge (like in Wikipedia) and structured them in a logical order.
You do not need to be a student in electrical engineering, or have real-life experiences with EMI to understand the subjects.
It contains a lot of definition of terminologies used in EMI. It is definitely a good text book for this purpose.
However it does not provide any practical helps for musicians who want to modified sounds (with a REAL synthesizer), use various effects and controls (VCO, DCO, LFO, ADSR, etc...).
To be more useful, the author could solicit articles from authors in various magazines specialized in EMI (example: Sound On Sound, Electronic Musician, ...), from the manufactures, from studio sound engineers and from musicians.