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Hal Leonard Launches MusicPro Guides!

July 28, 2008

MusicPro Guides already offers a wealth of titles covering a wide scope of topics: from songwriting, technical production and sound engineering, live performance, and in-depth software guides and tutorials to music business books for professional and aspiring producers, musicians, and engineers. Nearly every title comes packaged with multimedia resources and often include an additional online component to amplify the material and provide additional resources to maximize the learning experience. The MusicPro Guides line of software tutorial DVD’s, already over 20 titles strong, offer current, authoritative instruction on the latest versions of music making software.

The series launches with an impressive stable of bestselling authors including Bill Gibson, Emile Menache and Bobby Owsinski, along with audio production experts Dave Hampton, Dave Martin, plus music business expects Steve Gordon, John Stiernberg and Brooke Wentz.

Recent releases include Dave Hampton’s The Business of Audio Engineering—the only book available that guides today’s new recording engineer through the potentially hazardous business world that surrounds their work.

Bill Gibson’s six-volume Hal Leonard Recording Method–the first series of its kind—takes readers through the entire signal path from input stages all the way through mixing, mastering, and sending the recording to final replication. Each nearly 300 page, full color book in this method includes a 20 question exam at the end of each chapter to help the reader insure they’ve learned what was taught, and the method’s content is aurally and visually complimented with DVDs that include video and audio material to support each topic.

“The focus is on publishing a mix of timeless, never-changing foundational materials, with an eye toward today’s modern world of computer software and hardware used to create audio productions in the 21st century,” says Mike Lawson, Hal Leonard’s Publisher of Audio and Music Technology publications. “By using proven authors who themselves stay actively on top of the products used by today’s music makers, we are creating a catalog that is the go-to source for anyone wanting to make better recordings.”

Later this year the company is slated to roll out Bobby Owsinski and Dennis Moody’s Drum Recording Handbook; two more titles in the highly acclaimed Power Tools series of software tips and techniques (covering Pro Tools 7.4 and Logic 8); as well as the first title in the new Mixing the Hits series; fully revised second editions of both John Stiernberg’s essential guide Succeeding In Music and The Future of the Music Business, by Steve Gordon.

For a full list of available and upcoming books and DVDs check out www.musicproguides.com and be sure to stop by the Hal Leonard MusicPro Guides booth at the San Francisco AES show in October to check out all the latest and forthcoming titles.

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