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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (25 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521077
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In short, Snoman knows what he's talking about." - Music Tech

"An exceptionally well-written and researched book... All in all it adds up to quite a package, which deserves a place on any aspiring dance music producer's desk." - Music Tech

About the Author

Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the dance music scene since the late eighties and has produced and released numerous white labels and remixed over thirty professional artists solely for the dance floor. He has held seminars across the UK on remixing and producing club-based dance music and written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and websites.
Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the dance music scene since the late eighties and has produced and released numerous white labels and remixed over thirty professional artists solely for the dance floor. He has held seminars across the UK on remixing and producing club-based dance music and written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and websites.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stellita Loukas on 2 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book, covering a wide range of areas necessary to the modern dance producer. It can serve as a brilliant starting point for a beginner or as a very good reference manual for an advanced producer.
It explains in detail, all the underpinning elements of dance music production, making the reader understand the science behind the sound of modern dance music.
I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to get a good grasp of the basics of sound synthesis (in context) and dance music production.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Newsham on 1 Aug. 2009
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As you probably know the first book was a huge success, receiving a number of awards and also masses of critical acclaim most of which you can read right here on Amazon. I'm not going to repeat that praise here because you can look it up yourself instead I'm going to concentrate on the differences for those of us who already own the first.

Having already have most of the pages fall out through the bad binding on the first book I decided to take the leap and purchase this one instead.

The good news is the binding has been considerably improved and after owning it and flicking through it for a couple of months it seems to be holding itself together very well.

Some of the chapters have been changed around and there's a new chapter on recording instruments alongside two new chapters in the genre section; drum n bass and UK Garage. While UK Garage is old I do appreciate the authors honesty in his approach. He admits he doesn't like bassline and since this genre developed from UK Garage, he approaches that instead and leaves tips in the text to develop into bassline.

This is where perhaps the biggest different between the editions lie. All the demo software and the crappy mixes that haunted the CD of the first edition have been replaced with a number of very professional sounding mixes. After a few minutes of playing, the author comes in with narrative on each of these tracks explaining the tools and methods he used to produce them. I found this particularly interesting, being able to relate the information in the book with the audio on the CD.

The few mistakes from first edition (particularly the music theory chapters) have been ironed out but in their place are a couple of new minor mistakes such as date and year mix-ups.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By samo najbolje... on 3 July 2009
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It gave me nice overview of dance music production in general... In my opinion, really helpful for anyone who wants to make electronic related music and can't afford expensive courses...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Foster on 13 Feb. 2010
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For some 4 years I have been using Magix Music Maker software and was completely blown away when I started to see that what I had been composing could be made better, stronger and more professional in it's substance, I would definitely buy this book. I loved Rick's commentary on the CD, the guy is so laid back. 10/10 mate. Danny
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Higgs on 25 Jan. 2011
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I'm from a scientific/mathematical background, but I've always been interested in music production and I wanted a book that explained the basic tools of music production and their origins in science without being patronising.
I found this to be the perfect book. I know about compression, and filters etc, from two very different ends of the spectrum. On one side I have studied them abstractly in signal processing and wave analysis. On the other I have regularly wondered how to get my amateur track to sound like the clean, crisp, dirty tracks I heard the night before. This book provided the link I was looking for. Well written, I'd recommend it to anyone interested in getting into music production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Grundy on 8 April 2010
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This book has a very detailed and excellent approach to making music, i find its packed with ideas, on production as well as arrangements and music instrumentation, it gives many ideas and helps with some great advice for making music as well as producing and marketing as well as music theory too...
This book is great for making dance music, and production for use of technology, it can be a good guide, and a helpful practise for production ideas...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR C K BROWN on 18 Mar. 2013
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Really well written, explained cleared. I've been working on computer music for years and this has solidly cemented some knowledge and expanded other parts.

If i had to fault it I'd say it would be nice to see a "piano roll" in the music theory section for easier comparison to my software but other than that its great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitt11 on 13 Mar. 2013
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Bought for boyfriend who already dj's but is going back to relearn the basics and he reports this is a great book!
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