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4th Edition

Dance Music Manual

ISBN 9781138319646
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
566 Pages 254 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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




Chapter 1

The Studio Centre Piece

Chapter 2

The Audio Interface

Chapter 3

Monitors and headphones

Chapter 4

Hearing Protection

Chapter 5

Frequency and Amplitude

Chapter 6


Chapter 7

FM and wavetables

Chapter 8

Modular Synthesis

Chapter 9

The Theory of Sound Design.

Chapter 10


Chapter 11


Chapter 12


Chapter 13


Chapter 14

Mixing Desk structure

Chapter 15

Hybrid Studios

Chapter 16

Fundamentals of Rhythm

Chapter 17

Kicks and Percussion

Chapter 18

Drum Loops

Chapter 19

Fundamentals of Music Theory

Chapter 20


Chapter 21

Composing and Designing Strings

Chapter 22

Composing and Designing Leads

Chapter 23

Composing and Designing Bass

Chapter 24

Sound Effects.

Chapter 25


Chapter 26

Formal Structure in Dance Music

Chapter 27


Chapter 28


Chapter 29

Uplifting Trance

Chapter 30


Chapter 31

Chill out

Chapter 32

Drum & Bass

Chapter 33


Chapter 34

Mixing Theory

Chapter 35

Mixing Practice

Chapter 36


Chapter 37

Publishing and Promotion

Chapter 38

A DJ’s Perspective



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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.