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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2009
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
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. These are minor issues and certainly don't detract from the books wealth of information.

I've come across the odd naysayers on forums, and there's one right here on Amazon, but they are few and far between and you need to ignore that noise. On visiting the authors page, some of the tracks from the CD have been released commercially so while the music itself may not suit everyone's tastes, especially those who consider themselves "underground", the theory contained within the pages proves itself to be sound advice.

The first edition was my go to reference book and this has replaced it (mostly due to bad binding on the first). It quite simply is the best book available for anyone looking to produce dance music.

I've given this book five stars because if you don't own either edition and you're looking to make the type of music you typically hear from the Ministry of Sound you need this book. But if you already own the first edition and its still in one piece you may need to consider whether the few new chapters and the narrative on the CD are worth it and on that score I'd give it 4 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2009
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
on 25 January 2011
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
on 26 September 2010
HI THERE, NO OFFECE MEANT TO ANYONE UP ABOVE but this book is not arrogant or annoying.This guy is for evolution.
I can tell in the first place because this book is brillant and enjoyable to read,AN ITALIAN SPEAKING ENGLISH GUY IS STATING THAT.
This book is recomended both for the begginer and the seasoned one,I make hip hop r n b funk soul rap music and this book made me gain more experience on how to achive better mixes although there are some things little things not very clear but as you go along by error and trial you will get there.
I felt the need of making this review to support what is real and not like many books out there which, I unluckily bought, keep beatin' about the bush.I learned the hard way and I am still striving to evolve as a music mixer.

SO no offence meant, peace y'all. sleeyo, keepin' it real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2010
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
on 14 August 2011
I bought this book last year, and I am still reading it, again and again (hence the late review). All info about producing music with computer is there. Well explained, covering all aspects, from sound design and mixing to music theory . I really liked the different chapters dedicated to a specific dance music genre. I recommend this book for beginner and intemerdiate. Snowman does know what he is talking about
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
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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on 2 July 2013
I bought this book recently as I've always been into music and was interested in taking it a little bit further. I have studied music and have a background in jazz, so I was a little bit apprehensive that there wouldn't be that much new material in this book, but there was a lot to learn.
I had no prior knowledge of drum beats or synthesisers so I had quite a bit to learn there. I was comfortable with the background music stuff although it's all explained in a very good way that makes sense. Coming from an acoustic background I also knew nothing of the technology side of things and again this has now taught me pretty much everything I know about that, from sampling to what the different effects do, and what they sound like.
If anyone has an interest in making dance music, or even how it's made then this is the book for you. It covers so many different electronic genres it's not fair to call them all dance music. A 5 star intro in the world of electronic music.
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