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How To Be A Great Music Producer - Professional Music Production Results, Fast!

How To Be A Great Music Producer - Professional Music Production Results, Fast! [Kindle Edition]

Mark Flannery
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This book is a compact and quick read, deliberately. In this digital age I think people want authors (of non-fiction anyway) to get to the point and tell them what they need to know quickly. It may be short but I believe it is rich in concepts that used correctly can accelerate someone's progress to becoming a great music producer.

‘How To Be A Great Music Producer’ was written because I have searched but never found a guide to music production that gives the reader an insight to what is actually important. Most music production courses, magazines and books focus on the use of equipment like software packages and microphone placement. These are extremely useful but they are a guide on how to use the TOOLS not what music production is really about. It's a bit like knowing how to use Photoshop and thinking it will make you a great photographer.

If you do want to be the next RedOne, Dr. Luke, Mutt Lange, George Martin or Rick Rubin then ‘How To Be A Great Music Producer’ should really help you think more like them.

When I first started as a runner in a studio almost 30 years ago, I was sat down by the Chief Engineer and told that the most vital thing to understand and remember is that music production is 95% psychology and 5% technology. In my view way too much of the material out there focuses on the 5% technology so I want to redress the balance.

I intend this little book of big concepts to be the first in a series. My hope is that readers will give constructive feedback with requests for other areas that they would like covered in the future.

I was lucky to have started in the old system where if you wanted to be a music producer you did an apprenticeship in a recording studio shadowing established producers and you learnt as you went along. If you were lucky you got to observe some of the greats of music and production create masterpieces that stood the test of time. I was extremely lucky!

My career has taken me from Ireland, the UK, around Europe, USA and to Australia. I have met and collaborated with some of the greats in music production and artists. Some of the ones I am most proud of are U2, Def Leppard (Hysteria album, Depeche Mode (Violator Album), Black Sabbath, Yes and many more. Since 2002 I have been a tutor at BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) and have developed a real passion for music education, especially as the opportunities that I had, are not their any more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Flannery; 1 edition (3 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBV3V3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars some good points but not worth buying 30 May 2014
By Bobby
Format:Kindle Edition
this book made some broadly interesting points most of which i felt had a good background. a also agreed with much of what it said. however each chapter could have been condensed to a couple of sentences. i would not recommend paying for this advice which can mostly be easily found on message boards for free.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile - but wish it was longer 13 May 2014
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Really useful advice on thinking of the overall structure and vision of your recording. I know it sounds like an easy point to have missed, but so many do. This book is not about technical advice, but connecting with an audience and why you make records in the first place.

I have it three stars as the book is rather short, and the advice so good I wanted to hear more of what the writer wanted to say.

I also found a couple of points contradictory. For instance, the author talked of listeners not liking, loud scratch guitars. Then later went on to talk of the brilliance of Nirvana (loud guitars anyone?) I think the point could of been better made about styles of music and it depends on whether loud, grunge elements fit with your sound and band.
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How relevant; to hear from a producer about how to make the most of your music and make a great emotional connection with the listener. It is what inspires musicians, songwriters and singers in the first place!
I also particularly appreciated the realism about making small incremental changes NOW to raise the production level - you can tell this comes from years of actual experience from the writer. There are 10000 guides out there about music software packages, and new shiny microphones. This book helps producers create records with spirit, through fail safe self analysis and consistent musical analysis. Also, I read it in one evening - bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!! Buy It!! 15 Feb 2014
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An excellent read about how to produce good records. Well worth the money. BUY IT!! It gives you all the tools you need to write great songs!
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