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Full of irritating errors and arrogant waffling
on 30 July 2009
Opened the first chapter and was annoyed by the incorrect statement of Shy FX's 'Original Natta' being the first song to use the Amen break in 1984..
For one Its 'Original Nuttah' and secondly it didnt come out until 1994.. this just shows a lack of research..
The drum & bass recommended listening list was a joke, and looked like the author had just googled drum n bass and typed in whatever came up.. Some of the artists mentioned have barely released anything and some are very obscure (and I know my D&B obsessively from 1994 onwards)..
The music styles covered are outdated.. UK Garage doesnt exist anymore.. Its either Bassline, or Dubstep (neither covered)
The DJ section covering turntables and CDJs is hideously outdated, especially seeing as this was published less than a year ago, no mention of CDJ-400s or.. well the list could go on for a long time..
I laughed when the pompous egomaniac stated he wouldnt play on anything other than technics or stanton turntables.. what a d*ck. Maybe he has panic attacks if confronted with a piece of equipment he hasnt used before.
If you make really really crap commercial pop-toss dance music then this might be for you.. I checked the authors music on his website and its absolutely appalling, real bottom of the barrel cheesey nonsense that sounds like music you would have at a 7 year old's birthday party. Backed up by the usual tired cliche of having a picture of a half naked tart by every release.. yawn..
So for these reasons I just couldnt read anything else he had to say and bought another book instead..
Skip this book and just buy a book about music theory / sound synthesis if you want to know about that and learn to make music by trial and error and reading the manual of the software you use / talk on forums..
anoyone reading a step by step guide to making their so called favourite type of music really shouldnt bother.. I bought this to learn out the science of sound so I could better understand LFOS and whatnot, and it does cover that, but its a lot of money for 2 chapters of worthwhile reading