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Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques by [Snoman, Rick]
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In short, Snoman knows what he's talking about. ―Music Tech

About the Author

Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the electronic dance music scene since the late eighties. He has produced numerous white labels and released under various guises such as Phiadra, GOD and Red5. He has remixed professionally for artists such as Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Madonna and worked as a ghost producer for recording artists and international DJ’s. Alongside holding seminars across the UK on producing club-based music, he has written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and authored a distance-learning course for Music For the Media. He currently runs his own recording studios in Manchester, UK.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7231 KB
  • Print Length: 538 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415825644
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  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYR3510
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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It's tough to rate this book fairly...

On the plus side, it's an ambitious attempt to cover the whole spectrum of dance music production (in fact a lot of the book will be suitable in general for any electronic music production). He does a decent job of explaining all the way from music theory through to the fundamentals of digital music, and then sound design and music production for trance/dubstep/ambient, and a few other music styles. So there's no shortage of interesting content and information. However, there are definitely sections where it's superficial. I question whether three chapters on music theory is really going to be more than a starter for anyone - there's plenty of details left out and he skips very quickly through some fundamental concepts. The price of having so much material in one book.

A very definite downside though, it's absolutely riddled with little mistakes, which is surprising given that this is the third edition, so you'd think a lot of stuff would have been fixed up by now. There are many grammatical mistakes, enough illogical sentences to be noticeable, and the author has clearly lost the battle with the humble apostrophe. A few errors here and there wouldn't be a big deal, but holy cow, there are mistakes on every page. (In fact - it got so annoying for me that if the author sends me a copy I'd be more than happy to send it back with corrections.)

So - the content is good, if ambitious, but the text itself is downright annoying to read after a while. If you can survive the latter, it's worth buying.
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A truly excellent book let down only by the publisher who let a whole host of typos through. Rick Snoman has produced a fine book that covers a great deal of ground in its 500+ pages. I couldn't put it down and have gone on to purchase a set of his excellent DVDs too. Highly recommended, just a pity about the typos. I don't expect someone teaching me music to have perfect English, but the publisher's proofreaders should. I'm sorry for Rick that Focal Press haven't given his fine book the care it deserves.
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This is a really comprehensive book, with everything you need to know about EDM, from the basics to advanced. The great thing too is that after the "component" chapters, there's chapters each on a range of styles: drum n bass, techno, house etc, with clear deconstructions of the style, and great examples of how to build them up. The diagrams could be clearer (for example midi drum patterns), but they're readable. The publisher or printer's fault - not the author. I upgraded from the last edition and it was worth the upgrade, lost of additional info and improved structure.
This and my Cubase manual are the only 2 references that I have permanently to hand.
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Excellent. This edition brings everything up to date and makes referencing third party tracks much more relevant. Easy to read and understand, the booke is broken down into logical sections that can easily become exercises if you so wish. The downloadable material from the dancemusicproduction website which comes with the book is a useful accompanyment.
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I learnt more practical music theory in the first week of owning this book than I did in two years of a music diploma. Rick has a wonderfully no nonsense approach and of course relates everything back to the electronic producer, something texts such as Sound On Sound sometimes neglect.
As for the actual hands on side of production, this book covers most of everything to some level of detail. If you've been at electronic music production for a while now, most if not everything in this book will be familiar, so if you are looking for some new game changing piece of information then you wont find it here. If however a compressor is still a tad daunting to set up then this could well be the explanation that makes it click. Again Rick's writing style cuts straight to the point.
One part I particularly like is the practical sound design chapter. Running through the different sounds is a great introduction to synthesis; both an insight into how it works as well as into how a few classic sounds are made.
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I've only just started to get into this book and already it is very obvious that the guy not only knows his stuff, he knows how to explain it clearly and knows how to pass on his knowledge without showing off and confusing the reader. A must have" for any level. A gold mine
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Great book to learn techniques which are vital for dance music. Snoman writes in a clear style that is easy to follow. Just skip the bit about DJing at the end as it's the only letdown in the whole book.
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The content is very good but I find it more like reflections about the process, instead of lessons about "how to..." Anyway it is a good book. As I read in other reviews, the book has many typos...
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