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Soundtrack: Create Original Scores for Video, DVD and the Web (Apple Pro Training) [Paperback]

Mary Plummer

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22 Dec 2003 Apple Pro Training

Got a mouse and a keyboard? Then you're ready to start making beautiful music with Apple's Soundtrack music arrangement software and this hands-on guide. With Soundtrack, you don't need to pay a composer or fork out royalty payments to start creating perfectly synched scores in no time. All you need, in fact, is this hands-on, Apple-certified guide, and you can begin taking advantage of Soundtrack's more than 4,000 audio loops and dozens of audio effects in your own video, DVD, and Web projects immediately. In this book/DVD combo, you'll find a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of Soundtrack--from employing its interface to the secrets of creating original music, finding matching parts, mixing tracks, scoring to video, adding effects, and more. Step-by-step exercises, hands-on lessons, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a DVD crammed with lesson files--plus dozens of composing tricks and loads of advanced editing tips--make this the place to master Soundtrack.


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Got a mouse and a keyboard? Then you're ready to start making beautiful music with Apple's Soundtrack music arrangement software and this hands-on guide. With Soundtrack, you don't need to pay a composer or fork out royalty payments to start creating perfectly synched scores in no time. All you need, in fact, is this hands-on, Apple-certified guide, and you can begin taking advantage of Soundtrack's more than 4,000 audio loops and dozens of audio effects in your own video, DVD, and Web projects immediately. In this book/DVD combo, you'll find a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of Soundtrack--from employing its interface to the secrets of creating original music, finding matching parts, mixing tracks, scoring to video, adding effects, and more. Step-by-step exercises, hands-on lessons, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a DVD crammed with lesson files--plus dozens of composing tricks and loads of advanced editing tips--make this the place to master Soundtrack.

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Mary Plummer has been editing film and video professionally for fifteen years using on-line, off-line, linear, and non-linear systems. An Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro, she has edited music videos, documentaries, educational videos, pilots, trailers, and independent feature films. Mary?s original music has been used in film and video projects from coast to coast. In 1998 she started her own BMI music publishing company and recorded her first CD ?Mother Earth Father Time,? which was mastered at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Already Outdated But Still Useful 16 April 2004
By Solo Goodspeed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Apple's Soundtrack is not so much a music creation program as it is more of an audio clip manager, to be used with other programs. Originally packaged with Final Cut Pro, it has been released as a standalone tool to provide background music and sync sound in tandem with other media applications for video or web. In that sense, it is ideal for the non-musician or media artist looking to enhance projects with audio "clip art".
As is often the case, the in-box guided tour touches on the basics but doesn't cover most of this seemingly basic program's capabilities. Mary Plummer's comprehensive tutorial is a must-have for the user who desires to learn every feature of Soundtrack; it covers the basics of arranging and editing loops and one-shots on the timeline, synching and modifying projects for video, offers insights for adding special touches as well as tips for such mundane matters as managing files and media paths, and pretty much covers everything the program was designed to do ..... which is as much as you can expect from the only teaching aid available for Soundtrack at this time.
Note: Apple has updated their software since this publication, and the book refers to features that no longer exist, ie: no more red duration bar. There are also added features, such as midi synching, that are not covered ...... as a standalone, Soundtrack is obviously a work in progress. If I had already been using an audio production tool such as Logic or Cubase, I probably wouldn't have bothered with it. Fortunately, Ms. Plummer's softcover classroom (which features generous practice files on the enclosed DVDrom) covers enough of this otherwise basic application to make it a genuinely helpful tool, for non-musicians and composer-arrangers alike, who need to bash out and sync up scores on the spot. One of the better written Pro Training titles (no noticeable proofing errors this time!), this book will help the reader make the best use of Soundtrack in nine simple lessons.
All software should be this simple and fun to learn, but since it isn't, learning Soundtrack with the help of Ms. Plummer's guide makes for a nice break from the rest of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Pro Training on Soundtrack 31 Aug 2012
By J. Dresser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is informative, simple to read, great illustrations, and is straight forward in its presentation. Several tips are revealed providing short cuts to cleaning sound tracks. Good job Apple!
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 8 April 2004
By Abba Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mary Plummer achieves something that few instruction manuals do. She writes a book that not only gives you great understanding of the application, she teaches you the basics of creating good-sounding music. Oh, and she does all this with a writing style that flows and entertains. Now that's a hat trick! (google hockey if you don't get this.)
Her bio indicates she is a screenwriter, composer, musician...and an Apple Certified Trainer. She brings all of these qualities together to create a great book.
I have read hundreds of training manuals, even wrote one...and this is by far one of the best.
Even if you think you know the application, Mary provides insight and techniques that can notch up your compositions and make this application sing.
By all means, buy this book.
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