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Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys and Techniques

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  11 reviews
SynopsisOffers a comprehensive approach to music production, including knowledge of the tools, equipment and different dance genres. This book examines different aspects of music production, from sound design, compression and effect to mixing and mastering to publishing and promoting, to help you become a better producer.
Paperback, Second Edition, 528 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Focal Press (first published 2004)
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Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
The title sucks, as it doesn't represent how technical this book actually is. The author really knows his theory and the science behind synthesis.
Felipe Silva
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Dance music manual" is extremely essential if you're into music production! It gives you the foundation, so you can start producing your own musical content and knowing exactly what you're doing (not by trial and error). I strongly recommend it!
Sach Singh
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for computer musicians.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to, non-fiction
This book has the lowest filler-to-content ratio of any reference book I have ever owned. This is not to say that every piece of information is usable to the average producer, especially one who is just starting out. Much much of the information in this book is related to specific genres or pieces of studio equipment, but even that is written succinctly and given enough context to make it interesting to a broader audience. The book was written in 2008, and by 2012 considering the volatility of t ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty dense book, and sometimes the grammar leaves much to be desired. That said, it's a deep and comprehensive book on music production in general, and not just dance music. It might take some patience to digest, because you may have to read chapters several times before the concepts stick. Also helpful is the companion piece with files to accompany some of the chapters.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has given me some great ideas for synth programming.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This might be a good choice for a first read if you want to start making dance music. It is an easy read as it does not go very deep and does not get very technical. However, this book really needs some revision, e.g. the chapter about compressors is kind of unprecise / wrong (explanations of threshold, attack and release times).
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Book is awfully written and greatly outdated. Many tips and tricks are whether well known today or don't generate much interest neither for professional EDM producers nor amateurs.

Книга безнадёжна. Автор, судя по всему, застрял в 1990-х, если судить по его советам по продвижению своей музыки на "современной" поп-сцене. Что касается музыкальной части, то она написана ужасно: видимо, книга была издана в авторской редакции. Большинство советов носят рекомендательный характер в том смысле, что автор
Mohamed Zizo
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Learning about music production from the books may not be the most favored way, but if you decide to do so, then this is your thing!! This book is fully comprehensive with anything you need as a music producer (EDM in particularly), starting from basis of midi, synthesis, and music theory, all the way to publishing and promotion of your music. Hardly will you find a relevant topic not covered in this big one.

A great manual to have an idea of how everything goes in the dance music business, whic
Ty Myers
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
A bit basic so far, but appears promising.
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Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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One of if not the most useful book[s] I've ever read on recording & mixing of any kind.
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