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The Dance Music Manual: Tools, toys and techniques [Kindle Edition]

Rick Snoman
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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're 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.
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 DJ'ing 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.

For even more advice and resources, check out the book's official website


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7356 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 528 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Focal Press (10. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009E2VY1O
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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I think it is one of the best books for production of dance music (techno, house, trance, rnb, ...).

The start may be a little hard for beginners (explaining the midi programming standards with ASCII codes), but later on it never gets to a level the reader would not understand.

But anyhow, I would recommend to anyone, getting some basic knowledge first. All the required information is given in pre-chapters, but just to refresh the memory, not as tutorial for beginners.

From there on it goes to basic arrangement, synthesizer usage, filters and effects, different dance music genres, mixing,...

It covers pretty much all chapters needed for production of a good club track.

If you just want to buy one book, get this one.

But my recommendation is getting some knowledge about all basics needed (music theory, sequenzer handling, synthesizer programming, effects & dynamics,...) and then enhance and combine that knowledge with this book.

And getting some more books afterwards about mixing, mastering, the music market...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good one! 27. November 2007
I love this book! I haven't read it through already, but most of it, I picked out the chapters that were of most interest to me, like dance music theory, basic synthesis, compression, processing and effects, then some chapters about different dance music styles and about mixing. The topics of MIDI, sampling and digital audio, mastering and even marketing and copyrights are also covered, amongst others (recording vocals, tools of the trade, mixing desk). The whole book is 500 pages! And its not a lie whats written on the backside of the cover: Its packed with invaluable information.

It really gives you a great overview about anything you need to know when youre doing dance music. Snoman explaines, f.i., how the human perception works, and from that he derives how to use an equalizer. I've read another book with explanations about using an equalizer, but never understood why I should cut steep when minimizing, and more even when maximizing a sound. Thats just one example of very many in the book, that make it exciting, because Snoman has a deep knowledge and is able to provide the information in a short but very well explained and even entertaining form (but always very focused).

I've read about 5 other books on dance music, each covering only one aspect, like mixing, or arranging. I prefer each chapter of this book over the entire other books I've got, because I feel this is the information I need to have truly comprehend the topics better.

My skill levels are those of a beginner that has some basic knowledge aquired in online-forums and producing my own DAW-based music, which is profitting a lot from this book. In my opinion also absolute beginners can start with this book, if you don't understand it all at once, you will with a bit of experimenting and online-help.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a book that ties all the loose ends 29. Mai 2005
Von J. Padgett - Veröffentlicht auf
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I haven't been able to put this book down since receiving it from Amazon. Wow. I've bought quite a few books on music theory, production and mixing techniques, programming guides, etc, in addition to reading all the major electronic music mags out there (EQ, EM, Keyboard, Sound on Sound, Future Music, etc). Basically all that yielded was a lot of disparate information that seemed helpful but you have no idea how it all ties together. This book is the solution to that. I'm not sure I would recommend this book for an absolute could be pretty heavy if you're unfamiliar with music (esp electronic music) terminolgy. However, if you have an interest in electronic music (not just dance music) and you're one of those people who has read music production books and routinely reads the music mags, this is the book for you. Trust me, you'll find yourself saying "Oh, *that's* how that works" and you'll start to see how everything fits together. I found this especially true in the "Basic Synthesis" and "Programming Theory" chapters. You can do a thousand tutorials in Computer Music Magazine to program a synth without ever understanding why or what you're doing. This book helps you understand the underlying concepts of waveforms, oscillators, envelopes, etc. There are fantastic tips on sound design and how to create your own unique "sound". Indeed, there is a great discussion on sound itself and the physics that are employed. There is also a chapter devoted to different genres of dance music, everything from trance to hip-hop to house. Perhaps one of the more useful tips is a typical "map" of a club-ready dance track. I could go on and on, just get the book if any of this sounds interesting to you. The price is very reasonable and there's a CD included with examples and software trials. In fact, my only complaint about the book is that I wish it indicated the exact file names on the CD when it references them. You can usually figure it out, but it would be quicker to have the actual file name listed. All in all, I don't think you'll find a more comprehensive book for modern electronic musicians. It'll make you a better informed, and perhaps even a better, musician. And that is the endgame, after all, isn't it?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen true professional material for grownups 2. Juni 2006
Von Giles Bowkett - Veröffentlicht auf
I first saw this thing about a year ago, and held off because of negative reviews. ignore that noise. this guy has remixed Underworld. the book isn't perfect, no book is, but it's thorough, deep, and excellent. the publisher is Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann -- I have other books from them, top-notch professional materials on studio technique, and grad-school textbooks on artificial intelligence techniques. this is not some litany of obvious platitudes copped from an article some wannabe DJ wrote for "Remix" in between drug binges. this is the real thing. pretty much any relevant topic is covered. I have plenty of criticisms -- the section on web design seems totally superfluous, and there's a section on trip-hop but no section on drum and bass -- but overall, it's well worth the read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Music 5. Mai 2006
Von Anthony Lin - Veröffentlicht auf
I can't believe some of the reviews on here. I purchased this book about a year ago, and ever since then I've been using it as one of my main references. There are many detailed guides that you can find on the internet, but none which are so comprehensive and easy to read as this. There is no Holy Grail to writing music, but this comes damn close to being one.

This book covers every subject regarding electronic music production. Forget the name "Dance Music Manual" -- it covers hip hop and ambient, and is an overall guide to making music via electronic equipment in general.

From the first chapter, on music theory, Snoman guides you through sound synthesis, sampling, sound routing, effects, software vs. hardware arguments, reviews and analysis of basic equipment (modern equipment (!) like the Access Virus, and many popular plugins), electronic music genres, promotion, copyright laws, and basically everything you would want or need to know, with audio samples and recommended listening (very fun!).

I made the mistake of first giving everything a brief read-through; this book is just soaked with information. Be sure to have instruments in front of you and a lot of time to experiment if you want to fully understand everything Snoman is talking about. Snoman always emphasizes what is commonly used versus what can be experimented with, so he leaves the reader with knowledge of not only where to experiment from, but what to experiment with, and always stresses deviation from his standards as the key to pushing the boundaries of music genres.

Want good tips on programming a techno bass? House bass? Trance bass? It's in here. Want to learn how to build a 909 snare from scratch? An easy paragraph covers it.

Even his short but comprehensive analysis of electronic musical styles and history is a very interesting and good read.

If you're an expert at producing music, then you should buy this book. If you aren't an expert, then you NEED to buy this book. Forget all the Google searches, forum queries, and Sound on Sound free articles, and embark on Dance Music Manual 101 =)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Only Book You Need 10. Juli 2005
Von Craig D - Veröffentlicht auf
This is an amazing book! If you make music with a computer, you can forget about other books and get this one. Other books on production waste trees on "how to record a drum kit", "how to record wind instruments", "how to record guitars" blah blah blah. I'm not knocking recording live instruments, but many of these books do not satisfy the needs of producers of electronic music which boil down to creating and producing music from electronic sources. The chapter on basic synthesis is worth the price of the book alone. Instead of rehashing what a sine wave is and what an LFO does, it takes you in plain terms how to program useful sounds, the sounds that you actually want to program. This section is a must for trance/ambient/techno producers. The chapter on processors and effects not only give you information on how to use them but offer rationales for use, helping you to develop critcal thinking to determine your choice rather than on relying on "processing chain recipes". I could go on and on and on about this book, but I will put it to you like this. I own several books on mixing, electronic music, and subscribe to Computer Music, Keyboard, Future Music, Electronic Musician, etc., and I can frankly say this is the only book you need. One thing though. TEAR OUT PAGES 28 TO 37 AND SHRED THEM. This is the chapter on music theory and unfortunately the information is totally wrong. However the rest of the book is worth every cent. I produce r&b, and this is a handy reference. If you make music with a computer this is the only book you need.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely excellent! 3. August 2004
Von JMT - Veröffentlicht auf
I have never written a review of a product on before, but this book motivated me and deserves to be the first. It is the most comprehensive book on the process of creating electronic music that I have seen - indeed, it explains many things about music in general better than other texts. It takes the reader through all of the details, step by step, from the basics of music theory and setting up a workspace to explaning genres and what to do with your finished product. I am devouring the book - it fills in all the missing pieces that so many other references overlook. Thank you, Rick Snoman, this is quite an undertaking!
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