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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar; 1 edition (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598638610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598638615
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Introduction. 1: Getting the Most from your Setup. 2: Know Your Genre. 3: Rhythm and Drum Programming. 4: Bass Lines. 5: Writing Melodic Leads. 6: Creative Use of FX. 7: Writing for Strings and Pads. 8: Writing for Acoustic Instruments. 9: Writing Effective Riffs. 10: Arpeggiation as a Creative Tool. 11: Creative use of Sampling. 12: Creative use of Control Data. 13: Approaching Structure. 14: Layering Your Music. 15: Sequencing Your Music. 16: Percussion in Different Contexts. 17: Get the Atmosphere Right. 18: Mixing - Creative Use of Volume, Panning and EQ. 19: Mastering Your Track. 20: Getting Your Tracks Heard. 21: Developing a Portfolio. 22: Conclusion.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor of music degree at London University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classically trained musician, a composer, a lecturer, and an author on musical subjects. Working to commission, he writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions, both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech, North Wales.


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for bedroom/computer musicians, this is the best book on market for helping with elements of music , maybe we sometimes lack knowledge of, and also music tech techniques like song arranging,contrast,sampling, automation control data-everything you need

it has a huge clear section on drum programming (from simple things like how to set a drum kit like a real drummers kit) to complicated drum an percussion tips, from tribal to house, from tight and mechanic, to loose and human sounding, keeping your listener intersted on progressive beat heavy tracks

has sections on basslines which was really insightful, strings,pads,leads, musical techniques that if like me, you need to fill in the blanks and get a greater understanding, will help you with simple broken down explanations and concepts

has a very uselful section on creative fx use, and is not limited to just one programme, the concepts are compatible with any of the major software programmes used eg reason, logic,cubase etc

if you want to fill in the gaps in your knowledge wether it be making percusssion loops sound human and real, or artificially create a bassists techniques, or make your strings sound more melodical and less sequenced,this book is for you

also has lots of technical sections , just for computer musicians like sampling, legal issues with sample use,mixing, mastering, song arranging, contrast,mastering,mixing

also comes with cd, which some people dont use, when using the two together, helped me no end , i have read my share of unhelpful books and this will be a very useful tool in your music making
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I don't write reviews very often! 6 months ago I signed up for 'Listening to Music' with the OU and paid a premium for a bunch of PDFs and an unhelpful tutor - it also came with a bunch of CDs. I quit the course after the first assessment because I simply couldn't grasp musical terms - I did try quite hard. I've just finished this book and intend to read through it again - taking more time while playing with Logic Pro. It took 8 evenings (in a boring hotel) to get through this book and listening to the supplied CDs contents while working through it brought back memories of my OU course. This book did what the OU failed to do; it demonstrated some complex musical terms and techniques - and it was a lot cheaper too! Simply brilliant book. I would say it is an excellent start for beginners and slightly more experienced digital musician wanna-bees. I've learned that only minimal music theory is required to get results and that the ability to read music it not required at all.
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Being a novice in computer music, I was not able to get much out of this book. It is not aimed at people just starting out, and although it has some useful information, get this only if you are already familiar with the basics of music theory and using a computer to make music, and want to get your productions in a more advanced musical level.
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I have only started reading it. It is well written and easy to follow..

The Author has had the necessary experience in this kind of work - very good.

Don Thomas
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