In 2004, Mitchell Sigman Had An Idea For A Column that would take well-known recordings and detail how one could re-create their sounds using popular virtual synth plug-ins. Soon after, a serendipitous meeting between Sigman and the Keyboard editors led to the genesis of "Steal This Sound." Sigman's modest list of about a dozen topics eventually grew into six years' worth of articles, making "Steal This Sound" a staple go-to for programmers and Sigman an authoritative voice on the topic.
Here in this book is a collection of all the articles, from the column's inception to the present. Straight from the Keyboard archives, all of the articles are presented chronologically and as they originally appeared in the magazine. Also included are dozens of equipment diagrams that help crystalize Sigman's tips. These pieces are based on some of the most innovative recordings featuring synths, from Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" to MGMT's "Time to Pretend" and Radiohead's "Everything in Its Right Place." With over sixty articles included, Steal This Sound is packed with invaluable tips and insights into re-creating some of the greatest sounds ever recorded and provides a unique view into how synth technology has evolved over the years.