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    Books on producing music

    Hi all

    I'm looking for some books on producing music, some basic ones which starts from scratch as some more advanced.

    Thanks!

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    Start with the manual for what ever DAW you are using. Then move on to the manuals for the VST's you are using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchiemasha View Post
    Start with the manual for what ever DAW you are using. Then move on to the manuals for the VST's you are using.
    Good advice but OP is probably looking for something on like music theory or drum programming.

    I would look to Youtube to start. There are plenty of basic tutorials for almost every genre. As for books, I found a few on Amazon

    https://www.amazon.com/Drum-Programm...A51Y983WT52GT6

    https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Music-M...A51Y983WT52GT6

    https://www.amazon.com/Chord-Wheel-U...A51Y983WT52GT6

    https://www.amazon.com/Scales-Chords...A51Y983WT52GT6



    Good luck and have fun

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    I am indeed looking more in the direction of what you said. I'll check them out, thanks!

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    Hal Leonard's book Mixing & Mastering is a good read.. I just finished reading it some time ago and I've noticed a slight improvement and a tad more cohesion in my mixing process.

    I'd say that in general it's hard to write a book solely on production... one might touch the subject here and there but as it is a process that requires creativity, imagination, knowledge of the instruments, music theory and the industry, you'll most likely end up with a vague description on how a certain piece of music was put together instead of a rule of thumb-type of guide on how to produce.

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    Computer Music mag is a good source.

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    I know you're asking for a book but I reeaaally recommend using online tutorials. Theres a website called Lynda with toooons of tutorials. Like seriously, you can go through their courses and you DONT need to go to school I swear.

    I went through the Ableton course and I was amazed at how organized and clear the teacher was. He was really good. The guy actually teaches at USC so its a legit website.

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    if you don't read sound on sound your not a sound engineer any more. if you don't read future music your not a teenager any more. only joking.

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    If down the line you are interested in making your own presets and understanding how synths work, a great book is Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook.
    www.soundcloud.com/icewind

    www.mixcloud.com/icewind

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    Surprised I didn't see this the first time it came up! I really like Secrets of House Music Production

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