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Paperback | $85.00 X | £70.95 | 782 pp. | 8 x 9 in | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262522618
eBook | $60.00 X | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262325042
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  • Bonus CDs with Supplemental Content
  • CSound Information and Software Web Site

The Csound Book

Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing, and Programming


Created in 1985 by Barry Vercoe, Csound is one of the most widely used software sound synthesis systems. Because it is so powerful, mastering Csound can take a good deal of time and effort. But this long-awaited guide will dramatically straighten the learning curve and enable musicians to take advantage of this rich computer technology available for creating music.

Written by the world's leading educators, programmers, sound designers, and composers, this comprehensive guide covers both the basics of Csound and the theoretical and musical concepts necessary to use the program effectively. The thirty-two tutorial chapters cover: additive, subtractive, FM, AM, FOF, granular, wavetable, waveguide, vector, LA, and other hybrid methods; analysis and resynthesis using ADSYN, LP, and the Phase Vocoder; sample processing; mathematical and physical modeling; and digital signal processing, including room simulation and 3D modeling.

Supplemental Content is now available for download at

About the Editor

Richard Boulanger is Professor of Electronic Production and Design at the Berklee College of Music and editor of The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing, and Programming (MIT Press, 2000).


“This is the most important book written in the last decade in the field of electronic music. Together with the new Csound technology, it will revolutionize electronic music.”
Max Mathews, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University
“Written for the technically astute, The Csound Book and its accompanying CD-ROM provide a vast resource for seasoned Csound users to expand their use of the language. With its numerous examples and tutorials, this tome also makes Csound more accesible to a new generation of more musically-oriented individuals. As such, it marks a potential turning point in the field of computer musci. This is an important text.”
Marcia Bauman, Composer, co-creator of the International digital Electroacoustic Music Archive at Stanford University
“This book provides both a theoretical introduction and practical hints to use Csound and to tailor it to the reader's own needs. It is an excellent tutorial and much more, since a host of distinguished contributors make their own developments available. I look forward myself to developing my own sonic and musical tools with the Csound Book.”
Jean-Claude Risset, composer, Directeur de recherche, Laboratoire de Mecanique et d'Acoustique of CNRS