Dance Music Manual, aimed at the novice and seasoned professional alike, takes the reader through the software and hardware needed to create original, captivating, and professional sounding music.
Key features of Dance Music Manual include:
- How to create compelling, professional-sounding original or remixed dance tracks.
- The differences between different genres and how to produce them.
- How to expose your tracks to their chosen audience and equip you with the skills to develop your career as a dance music producer and engineer.
Along with the book is a companion website, which provides examples of synthesis programming, compression, effects, MIDI files, and examples of the tracks discussed in this edition.
The new and improved fourth edition covers processes and techniques used by music producers, masters, mixers, and DJs. Each page is full of facts presented in a manner that is easy to absorb and implement.
Table of Contents
The Studio Centre Piece
The Audio Interface
Monitors and headphones
Frequency and Amplitude
FM and wavetables
The Theory of Sound Design.
Mixing Desk structure
Fundamentals of Rhythm
Kicks and Percussion
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Composing and Designing Strings
Composing and Designing Leads
Composing and Designing Bass
Formal Structure in Dance Music
Drum & Bass
Publishing and Promotion
A DJ’s Perspective
Rick Snoman has over 30 years’ experience in the production of electric dance music. He has released under various names including AeonSoul, Phiadra, NeuroKode and Ascii, and has remixed professionally for numerous international artists. He has written articles and columns for leading music technology magazines, and is the founder of Dance Music Production, an industry leading educational website. He is the author of the first three editions of Dance Music Manual, which are required reading at a number of universities, and actively encourages the education/development of music producers. He currently runs his own recording studio and works as a ghost producer for artists and DJs.