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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; Pap/DVD edition (23 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470102594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470102596
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Covers a lot of stuff




I've been using this book for a couple of weeks now and it's totally got me
excited about doing music on my computer again. I know a bit about some of
the programs covered in the book (Logic, Reason, Garageband) already, but
it gave me more of an idea of how to use those programs more effectively.
It also gave me the opportunity to learn about other programs I have been
wanting to use. Plus there's just a ton of information about the different
software and plugins that are available, some really cool stuff (especially
the free stuff). There's also sections that provide "real world scenarios"
that I found immensely helpful. These sections gave me ideas of how to use
the tools in new ways. The DVD that comes with the book has some great
stuff too, freeware, loops, plugins, etc. Super cool.

Overall it has a wealth of information that is relevant to beginners as
well as people like me who already have some knowledge of Mac music
production. The book is laid out really well and the writing is engaging
and well thought out. I can't say enough good stuff about it. I'm sure I
will go back to it frequently. Good stuff! -- Amazon.com Customer Review

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2009
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I purchased this book as recommended reading for Macintosh users with an interest in editing sound files using a computer. I had recently purchased Peak LE6 from Amazon which is a 'lite edition' of a professional sound editing suite for the Macintosh. I have a basic understanding of sound file editing but I was unfamiliar with the terminology and jargon used by the professionals which underpins just about every article or paper written on the subject. I needed a book that bridged the gap in my understanding.

I chose this book after reading several book reviews on digital audio production. Despite my technical background, what I needed was the equivalent to 'a digital audio production for dummies' reference book but since one does not yet exist I chose this book. It was important that the subject was covered with the layman in mind but it could also be used as a reference for the professional. It needed to cover from 'beginner->intermediate->advanced'.

This book is a perfect complement to Peak LE6 because both have the Macintosh user in mind and OS X in particular. There are not that many books on this subject written specifically for Macintosh users but this is probably the best one at he present time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Covers a lot of stuff 17 April 2007
By B. Hillebrandt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been using this book for a couple of weeks now and it's totally got me excited about doing music on my computer again. I know a bit about some of the programs covered in the book (Logic, Reason, Garageband) already, but it gave me more of an idea of how to use those programs more effectively. It also gave me the opportunity to learn about other programs I have been wanting to use. Plus there's just a ton of information about the different software and plugins that are available, some really cool stuff (especially the free stuff). There's also sections that provide "real world scenarios" that I found immensely helpful. These sections gave me ideas of how to use the tools in new ways. The DVD that comes with the book has some great stuff too, freeware, loops, plugins, etc. Super cool.

Overall it has a wealth of information that is relevant to beginners as well as people like me who already have some knowledge of Mac music production. The book is laid out really well and the writing is engaging and well thought out. I can't say enough good stuff about it. I'm sure I will go back to it frequently. Good stuff!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Like a good friend sitting next to you explaining it all. 28 April 2007
By Master of Cats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very smart, yet very un-nerdy treatment of otherwise very technical subjects...The author has a wonderful, down-to-earth writing style. And he's funny, too. It's like having a cool friend sitting next to you explaining it all.

It's an exceptional book, I'm learning a lot from it, and I'm not even a Mac guy. And the book is a lot of bang for the buck....it's almost 600 pages, and the text is smallish (but still readable), so it's as much info as most 800 page books, and all golden.

The author does a podcast too, which is weekly (or so) companion the book. [...]

MWD
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Just what I needed! 28 Dec. 2007
By A.C.E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is just an amazing book. I'm still kind of in shock that it even exists. I've been a life long musician, but have never taken the plunge into digital audio. It just seemed like such a big, scary world. Well, it was until I found this book. I don't know how much it would benefit others, but to me, it was a total godsend. I now feel really familiar and comfortable with the entire WORLD of digital audio, not just one program. I now understand plugin formats, virtual instruments, and I also know all sorts of great secrets on where to get them for free, and which freebies are especially awesome. I would have paid triple the price for the knowledge in this book. Thanks to the author for this awesome and needful book.
Speaking of the author, he does a really fine job here. Yes, there are some things I feel were left out, but there's bound to be some stuff missing in a book that undertakes such a massive task, as this one does. Even though I'm not an expert, I feel so much more educated as to why I would want to use Logic vs. Reason vs. Ableton Live vs. Garageband (I've never been interested in Pro Tools, although it's also covered in the book).
Also, to any potential Windows users, this book can also be really beneficial for you as well. You won't have Garageband or Logic, but other than those two chapters (and a little bit of info about customizing the Mac for digital audio production), all this stuff applies to you as well. I'm a recent convert to the Mac platform, and I can use this info on either platform. I also plan on purchasing this book as a gift for some friends of mine on Windows.
This review is just too long, and I apologize. But I'm just so happy with it. Remember that it doesn't get deep. At all. In any regards. But it's just what I needed: a huge, sweeping overview of the entire digital audio world. Thanks again to the author for such a gem!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Source! 27 July 2008
By R. See - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If your interested in getting into audio production with your Mac, this is a great start. The companion DVD comes with everyting you need to get introduced to digital audio. If can't wrap your head around this book, then I wouldn't waste money on a digital interface (Pro Tools, Motu, M-Audio). I like how it's laid out, good information. Cheers!
Five Stars 19 Nov. 2014
By Cristiano Cenci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book.
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