The Bookworm presents…



TBW#02 – Stefan Goldmann – Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound

220pp paperback book, 110mm x 171mm
Fourth edition: industrially-sized, in a black jacket

Buy on Bandcamp
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Produced between and 1.iv.2015
in London and Berlin by The Tapeworm.

Copy editor: Gerard Forde. Thanks to Sandra Jasper and Finn Johannsen. Typeset in Antwerp by Allon Kaye using Aldine 401, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and Miso.

Cover illustration by Michael Kummermehr, pixelated by SG.
Editions one and two: fluorescent green cover.
Edition three and four: black cover.

For his first book, “Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound”, Stefan Goldmann has talked to industry leaders, programmers, producers, musicians and fine artists to collect 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 – short cuts in electronic music, classical and traditional musics, guitar rock & fine arts are covered. 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 with unprecedented depth and clarity.

Take a look inside “Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound”…

Featuring interviews with:

Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake
musician, lecturer & co-founder Ableton, Berlin

Mike Daliot
former senior audio developer Native Instruments & lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin

Michael Wagener
multi-platinum music producer & engineer, Nashville

Cory Arcangel
fine artist, New York

Dinis Schemann
pianist, Munich

Members of 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.


Stefan Goldmann is an electronic music artist and DJ. Together with Finn Johannsen he runs the Macro label, whose artists include Elektro Guzzi, KiNK and Peter Kruder. He also writes a column for the flyer program of Berlin's Berghain club and is a co-author of its upcoming book, “Berghain 10”. In 2014 he released “Industry”, an album based exclusively on presets.


Frieze [DE]:

Thanks to clubs like Berghain and Tresor, Berlin is known as a centre, if not the centre, of the techno world. Less well known is Berlin’s claim to be the birthplace of EDM (Electronic Dance Music), the name given to recent commercial, bass-heavy club music encompassing the brutal dubstep popularized in the United States by acts like Skrillex. How so? Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound (The Bookworm, 2014), a collection of interviews by Berlin-based techno producer Stefan Goldmann with musicians and programmers, offers an explanation. Among others, Goldmann spoke to Mike Daliot, a software developer who, while working for Berlin company Native Instruments, was responsible for developing the digital synthesizer Massive, launched in 2007. Without this product, marketed as a ‘sonic monster’, the thundering bass sequences of EDM would be unthinkable. EDM is Massive. [read more at]


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