Composition for Computer Musicians Paperback – 23 Apr 2009
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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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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
The Author has had the necessary experience in this kind of work - very good.