The Dance Music Manual: Tools, toys and techniques Paperback – 25 May 2004
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"In short, Snoman knows what he's talking about...Snoman guides you through the daunting tasks of not only making it sound good but also getting it to the ears of the public." - Remix
"An exceptionally well-written and researched book combining both the art and science of dance music production...All in all it adds up to quite a package, which deserves a place on any aspiring dance music producer's desk." - Music Tech
Whatever your level of experience, "The Dance Music Manual" is packed with sound advice, techniques and practical examples to help you achieve professional results. Written by a professional producer and remixer, the book is organised into three accessible sections: Technology and theory: if you are relatively new to the technology and theory behind today's dance music, Rick Snoman discusses the basics of MIDI, synthesis and sampling, as well as music theory, effects, compression, microphone techniques and sound design; dance genres: this section covers techniques for producing different musical styles, including Trance, Trip Hop, Rap and House. Snoman takes a close look at the general programming principles behind drum loops, basses and leads for each genre, in addition to the programming and effects used to create the sounds; and, Mixing and promotion: Snoman guides you through the art of mixing, mastering, remixing, pressing and publishing your latest masterpiece. This includes a look at how record companies operate, copyrighting your material, pressing your own records and the costs involved.Finally, guest contributors offer essential advice on DJing and how to create your own website to promote your music. The CD provides demo tracks showing what can be achieved when applying the advice contained in the book, including examples of the quality difference before and after mixing and mastering. The CD also contains free software demos for you to download. You can learn the art of creating original dance tracks and remixes using any music software. It is packed with examples and tips for achieving professional results and getting your music heard. It includes a free CD-ROM with MIDI files, samples and example tracks. See all Product description
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This and my Cubase manual are the only 2 references that I have permanently to hand.
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.
from a personal point of view the booked served as an induction in to the wider world of music theory and production, introducing me to topics like synthesis, midi, sampling and recording. each of these topics are obviously detailed more thoroughly in specific literature, but as i pointed out in the case of the genres i don't think the book is meant to be an exhaustive account of each subject.
I think the people who will benefit from this book the most are those who fall under the category of "bedroom producer", who has access through a digital audio work station to the means of making music but is limited by knowledge. the dance music manual opens up the door to this knowledge and sets a good foundation for a comprehensive understanding of music production and related topics.
I can tell in the first place because this book is brillant and enjoyable to read,AN ITALIAN SPEAKING ENGLISH GUY IS STATING THAT.
This book is recomended both for the begginer and the seasoned one,I make hip hop r n b funk soul rap music and this book made me gain more experience on how to achive better mixes although there are some things little things not very clear but as you go along by error and trial you will get there.
I felt the need of making this review to support what is real and not like many books out there which, I unluckily bought, keep beatin' about the bush.I learned the hard way and I am still striving to evolve as a music mixer.
SO no offence meant, peace y'all. sleeyo, keepin' it real.