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Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques Paperback – 19 Nov 2008

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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (25 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521077
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In short, Snoman knows what he's talking about." - Music Tech

"An exceptionally well-written and researched book... All in all it adds up to quite a package, which deserves a place on any aspiring dance music producer's desk." - Music Tech

About the Author

Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the dance music scene since the late eighties and has produced and released numerous white labels and remixed over thirty professional artists solely for the dance floor. He has held seminars across the UK on remixing and producing club-based dance music and written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and websites.
Rick Snoman has been actively involved in the dance music scene since the late eighties and has produced and released numerous white labels and remixed over thirty professional artists solely for the dance floor. He has held seminars across the UK on remixing and producing club-based dance music and written numerous articles and reviews for leading music technology magazines and websites.


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As you probably know the first book was a huge success, receiving a number of awards and also masses of critical acclaim most of which you can read right here on Amazon. I'm not going to repeat that praise here because you can look it up yourself instead I'm going to concentrate on the differences for those of us who already own the first.

Having already have most of the pages fall out through the bad binding on the first book I decided to take the leap and purchase this one instead.

The good news is the binding has been considerably improved and after owning it and flicking through it for a couple of months it seems to be holding itself together very well.

Some of the chapters have been changed around and there's a new chapter on recording instruments alongside two new chapters in the genre section; drum n bass and UK Garage. While UK Garage is old I do appreciate the authors honesty in his approach. He admits he doesn't like bassline and since this genre developed from UK Garage, he approaches that instead and leaves tips in the text to develop into bassline.

This is where perhaps the biggest different between the editions lie. All the demo software and the crappy mixes that haunted the CD of the first edition have been replaced with a number of very professional sounding mixes. After a few minutes of playing, the author comes in with narrative on each of these tracks explaining the tools and methods he used to produce them. I found this particularly interesting, being able to relate the information in the book with the audio on the CD.

The few mistakes from first edition (particularly the music theory chapters) have been ironed out but in their place are a couple of new minor mistakes such as date and year mix-ups.
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This is an excellent book, covering a wide range of areas necessary to the modern dance producer. It can serve as a brilliant starting point for a beginner or as a very good reference manual for an advanced producer.
It explains in detail, all the underpinning elements of dance music production, making the reader understand the science behind the sound of modern dance music.
I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to get a good grasp of the basics of sound synthesis (in context) and dance music production.
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It gave me nice overview of dance music production in general... In my opinion, really helpful for anyone who wants to make electronic related music and can't afford expensive courses...
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I bought this book recently as I've always been into music and was interested in taking it a little bit further. I have studied music and have a background in jazz, so I was a little bit apprehensive that there wouldn't be that much new material in this book, but there was a lot to learn.
I had no prior knowledge of drum beats or synthesisers so I had quite a bit to learn there. I was comfortable with the background music stuff although it's all explained in a very good way that makes sense. Coming from an acoustic background I also knew nothing of the technology side of things and again this has now taught me pretty much everything I know about that, from sampling to what the different effects do, and what they sound like.
If anyone has an interest in making dance music, or even how it's made then this is the book for you. It covers so many different electronic genres it's not fair to call them all dance music. A 5 star intro in the world of electronic music.
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I think the review below that claims most of the knowledge in this book falls by the wayside is at best naive. It is true that there are references to hardware samplers and DAT machines but i think the reviewer misses the point. All the concepts described still apply to plugins apps and DAWs. In fact the level of information that you find in this book I have never found elsewhere and the fact it does not select a specific DAW or set of plugins is useful as it tells you why you do it and the explanations are not biased towards a specific piece of software.

If you are brand new to electronic music production then I can appreciate the hunger to find a book that tells you to open up a specific piece of software and use specific settings to get a result but the reality is that this is not how it works and if you want to really understand what you are doing you need the fundamentals, you need to read the book in detail and not be impatient.

In my mind it is very much like wanting to become a chef. You could read a recipe that tells you to buy Chicken Tonight Sauce and then add a bit of this and a bit of that but at the end of the day you would not be a chef, you would just be someone who can do an alright chicken tonight. If you want to be creative then you would have to understand the fundamentals of how to create different sauces and what conventionaly goes with what from the bottom up.
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