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Technology Guide For Music Educators
TI:ME
$19.99
For years, music educators have been asking the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) for a resource on software and technology products that would help them accomplish their curricular goals. The Technology Guide for Music Educators provides this resource in a comprehensive and compact package, clearly organized into the following six core technology areas that music educators need to be competent in as they teach music in the 21st century: Electronic Musical Instruments, Music Production, Music Notation Software, Technology-Assisted Learning, Multimedia, and Productivity Tools, Classroom and Lab Management. In addition to descriptions of product features, you'll also find other information valuable to educators, such as grade level appropriateness and ideas for integrating the technologies covered into the music curriculum. Each chapter includes a summary table of the products presented (including system requirements and manufacturer websites), and a list of resources, such as a suggested further reading list.


Pro Tools LE 7 Ignite!:
The Visual Guide for New Users

Andrew Hagerman
$21.99
Get ready to explore the world of computer music creation with Pro Tools LE 7! Even if you've never created music on your computer, Pro Tools LE 7 Ignite! will give you the skills you need to record and mix with confidence. Steps are presented with easy-to-follow clarity and are accompanied by screen shots that make it easy to dive into the features of this amazing digital audio workstation. Begin with the basic techniques of recording, editing, and mixing MIDI and digital audio. Then, get ready to harness the power of Pro Tools as you explore software effects, virtual instruments, and mixes that you can automate and edit with some of the best tools in the business.


Pro Tools 7 Power!:
The Comprehensive Guide

Colin MacQueen
$39.99
Get the most out of Pro Tools 7 with the definitive guidebook! Covering the LE, M-Powered, and HD versions of Pro Tools, Pro Tools 7 Power! is the perfect resource for both newcomers looking to get up and running and more advanced users who would like a complete desk reference on the new version. Everything from basic audio concepts and setting up your system to editing, mixing, plug-ins, MIDI, and much more is here in a usable format that explains techniques in plain language. Helpful keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Macintosh as well as informative notes and practical tips are included throughout the text. The companion CD-ROM includes more than 60 minutes of interactive movie tutorials from Cool School Interactus(tm) that cover the key concepts and new features of Pro Tools 7. If you are a Pro Tools 6 user, you will be interested in the predecessor to this book, Pro Tools 6 Power!. There you will find all the details for 6.x versions of Pro Tools, its specific procedures, menu selections, and tips for operation. Much of the information within Pro Tools 7 Power! is relevant to any version of Pro Tools; however, in version 7, various menus were reorganized and new features were added that aren't available to users of version 6.


Pro Tools 7 Overdrive!:
Expert Quick Tips

Matthew Donner
$39.99
Aimed at experienced users of the Pro Tools application, Pro Tools Overdrive! offers concise chunks of guru-level advice on the latest version of the Pro Tools application. Pro Tools is a digital audio multitrack recorder and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencer. Pro Tools Overdrive! cuts to the chase and provides power tip after power tip, gleaned from the author's experience as a Pro Tools power user. The book's nonlinear format means that readers don't have to sit down and read it from beginning to end. To maximize efficiency they can pull useful tips and techniques from any chapter and immediately apply them to their work. Equally useful for musicians, composers, DJ/remix artists, engineers, and producers, Pro Tools Overdrive! features a thorough table of contents, easy-to-browse chapter and tip headings, and a complete index, making it the perfect tool to reference again and again.


Pro Tools LE 6 Ignite!
Andy Hagerman
$19.99
Get ready to explore the world of computer music creation with Pro Tools LE 6! Even if you've never created music on your computer, "Pro Tools LE 6 Ignite!" will give you the skills you need to record and mix with confidence. Steps are presented with easy-to-follow clarity and are accompanied by screen shots that make it easy to dive into the features of this amazing digital audio workstation. Begin with the basic techniques of recording, editing, and mixing MIDI and digital audio. Then, get ready to harness the power of Pro Tools as you explore software effects, virtual instruments, and mixes that you can automate and edit with some of the best tools in the business. Ignite your music with the power of Pro Tools LE 6!


Pro Tools 6 Power!
Colin MacQueen, Steve Albanese
$34.99
Get ready to conquer the amazing features of Pro Tools 6! This hands-on guide offers a comprehensive overview of Pro Tools operation and takes you through the configurations that are currently available. Learn about the major fields where Pro Tools is commonly used and cover the essential technical background that you need to get your Pro Tools rig interacting with the world around it. With coverage of Pro Tools Version 6.7, "Pro Tools 6 Power!" gives you everything you need to make the most of Pro Tools 6-from general concepts and step-by-step instructions to the technical detail that clarifies concepts and time-saving suggestions and techniques. "Pro Tools 6 Power!" covers both TDM and LE versions, for Macintosh and Windows.


Pro Tools Overdrive!
Matt Donner
$39.99
If you're an experienced user of Pro Tools and you want to take your skills to the next level, this guide is for you. Packed with advanced tips, tricks, and useful screenshots, "Pro Tools(r) Overdrive!" helps you get the most out of Pro Tools-both TDM and LE versions. Rather than waste time on the basics, you'll learn many power techniques gleaned from the author's extensive experience with Pro Tools. Whether you are the owner of Pro Tools 6.7 or have another version, most of the techniques are not version-specific so you'll be sure to benefit. Each tip is clear, concise, and easy to refer to-enabling you to jump immediately to the information you need, and then get on with your project. Using the innovative, expert-level, and solid techniques discussed in this book, you will deepen your knowledge of this powerful application in no time!


Reason 3 Ignite!
Eric Grebler, Chris Hawkins
$21.99
Reason 3 Ignite!, written for both PC and Mac platforms, is the perfect companion if you're just starting out with this software. Topics are easy to find with the detailed table of contents and the complete, well-organized index. This book, presented in an easy-to-understand manner with step-by-step instructions and many screenshots, fills the need for information the manual does not provide. To add more value and provide you with tools to enhance learning, the companion Web site offers downloadable source files used in the book. The author's in-depth knowledge of this application coupled with the strong and updated look of the Ignite! series, leaves this book standing as an excellent source to get you up and running quickly on Reason.


Pro Tools 7 CSi Master
$49.99
Get ready to master the key operational techniques and cool new features of Pro Tools 7! Pro Tools 7 CSi Master is a hands-on training CD-ROM that provides you with a unique way to take your music to the next level with Pro Tools. Work your way through the broad range of movie tutorials to increase your knowledge and maximize your Pro Tools productivity. Sit back and watch a DAW pro show you the ins and outs as you work through four hours of movie tutorials. Use the quizzing feature to test yourself along the way. Pro Tools 7 CSi Master is full of movie tutorials that include not only basic functionality, but also production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. Put the power of Pro Tools to work for you!


Pro Tools 7 CSi Starter
Colin MacQueen
$29.99
* Includes approximately 4-5 hours of movie tutorials on the latest features of Pro Tools 7 * Provides advanced tips and techniques for the visual learner * Great for DAW pros who need to get up and running quickly * Built in Quizzing and Glossary * Offers an easy-to-use and intuitive learning environment


Ableton Live 5 Power!:
The Comprehensive Guide

Scott Garrigus
$39.99
Get the most out of SONAR 5 with the definitive guidebook! SONAR 5 Power! picks up where the manual leaves off, teaching you how to dig deep into the program with step-by-step examples and exercises. From initially customizing SONAR 5 to creating and producing a surround sound mix, you'll learn everything you need to know to make your composing and recording sessions run more smoothly. Learn about MIDI and audio effects and how to use them in offline and real-time situations. Explore mixing music via software and discover how much control you can have when you're using an on-screen software mixer. Take a look at the advanced features of SONAR 5, including StudioWare, Sysx, and CAL. Wrap things up as you learn how to prepare your completed SONAR project and burn it to a CD.


Reason 3 Power!
Matt Piper, Michael Prager
$34.99
Geared toward intermediate users, "Reason 3 Power!" is the perfect book if you're a home recording studio musician! You'll learn how to use Reason with other software and hardware through in-depth tutorials and explanations. This guide is packed with tips that even a quite experienced user may not be aware of. It provides the "why" behind the "how" so you leave this book with a better overall knowledge of the ins and outs of the application. The authors cover Reason from A to Z in order to bring you up to "power user" status. This book explores the history of MIDI, how Reason works with MIDI, and valuable tricks of the trade that will help make your songs sound professional. Whether it's for a professional musician or a hobbyist, "Reason 3 Power!" coupled with this dynamic software will take your creative possibilities to a whole new level.


Reason 3 Overdrive!
Christopher Martin
$39.99
Geared toward advanced users of Reason, this book offers succinct chunks of guru-level advice - power techniques gleaned from the author's experience as a Reason power user. This new version 3 of Reason, Propellerhead's flagship music application, is used to emulate audio hardware such as samplers, analog synths, mixers, drum machines, effects and a real-time multi-track sequencer. The tips, presented in bite-size chunks, bring you to the next level and enable you to hone your skills on various functions within the application. Written to provide you with a resource that helps you along the way, this book gets you through a tip in a maximum of 2 pages. This guide will stay on your shelf and serve as a useful reference for whenever you are working within Reason.


Cubase SX/SL 3 Power!
Robert Guerin
$34.99
Get ready to dive into Cubase SX or SL 3! This book provides a thorough look at the most common as well as lesser-known features of this impressive digital audio production software. Beyond describing the features of the program and how they work, Cubase SX/SL 3 Power! tells "why" to use certain features and "when" they are most beneficial to your project. You'll gain a better understanding of Cubase SX or SL while learning how to use all the exciting new tools in version 3, such as the new Freeze function, which makes it possible to render temporary audio inserts to free up computer resources, and the External FX Plug-ins VST Connections which make it easier to use external effect modules inside your SX or SL projects. Packed with useful tips and detailed explanations, this book is your guide to taking advantage of all that Cubase has to offer and making a powerful difference in your music creation.


Cubase SX/SL 3 Ignite!
Eric Grebler, Chris Hawkins
$21.99
Get ready to understand, use, and explore the world of music sequencing with this one-stop guide to Cubase SX 3. This introductory book provides you with a solid foundation of Steinberg's powerful digital music production software. With "Cubase SX 3 Ignite!", you'll examine the many different tools Cubase has to offer. Screenshots and step-by-step instructions guide you through the various new features in SX 3. Hands-on exercises help you take your skills to the next level. From setting up SX on your computer to learning about VST connections and MIDI maps, you'll be up and running within Cubase in no time!


Ableton Live 4 Power!
Chad Carrier, Dave Hill
$34.99
Get ready to make music that rocks using the amazing new features of Ableton Live 4. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you take full advantage of this revolutionary live performance and studio software. Written for all Live users, from digital audio beginners to seasoned pros, "Ableton Live 4 Power! explores each fundamental feature within Live and provides power-user tips and insider tricks for integrating Live into your home or professional studio. But you won't stop there! Learn what this amazing software has to offer for live performers. Whether you use Live for producing, composing, DJing, film, or television, "Ableton Live 4 Power!" helps you to put the fun back into making music with computers.


Sonar 4 Power!
Scott Garrigus
$34.99
Dig deep down into the new features of SONAR 4 and learn how to conquer each one through step-by-step examples and exercises that are designed to make your composing and recording sessions run more smoothly. From initially customizing SONAR 4 to creating and producing a surround sound mix, get ready to explore all that SONAR 4 has to offer! Learn about MIDI and audio effects and how to use them in offline and real-time situations. Explore mixing music via software and discover how much control you can have when you're using an on-screen software mixer. Take a look at the advanced features of SONAR 4, including StudioWare and CAL. Wrap things up as you learn how to prepare your completed SONAR project and burn it onto a CD.


Logic Pro 7 Power!
Orren Merton
$34.99
If you're a Logic user, and you want to learn how to get the most out of this powerful digital audio sequencer, "Logic Pro 7 Power!" is for you. This unique guide explains-simply and thoroughly-everything you need to know to make music using Logic Pro 7. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the philosophy behind Logic and why it works the way it does. The comprehensive introduction to digital audio, MIDI, and sequencing in Logic provides you with a solid foundation for working with the software. You'll then proceed on to the many advanced features of Logic that become important as you create more complex compositions and build a more involved project studio. Written by a Logic expert and longtime user, this book will make a powerful difference in your music creation and audio production, and it will continue to serve as a useful reference.


Digital Performer Power!
Steve Thomas
$34.99
Take a look under the hood of Electronic Musician Magazine's Best Digital Audio Sequencer Software for three years running. Get an overview of audio and MIDI as well as step-by-step instructions on everything from optimizing setup to mixing down arrangements into a stereo master mix. Delving deep into the functionalities of this new version of Digital Performer, readers will get all the right information to master and enhance their musical creativity.


Sonar 4 Ignite!
Brian Smithers
$19.99
Demystify the basics of the powerful functions of SONAR 4. With step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and a technical edit by Cakewalk, "SONAR 4 Ignite!" gives beginners the skills they need to quickly begin composing, editing, and arranging music. Learn how to set up your project, create tracks, edit MIDI and digital audio clips, and utilize virtual instruments. Wrap things up as you learn how to use SONAR's effects plug-ins and surround-sound capabilities to create a great-sounding mix that' s ready for CD or Web distribution. Get ready to jam with SONAR 4!


Reason 3 CSi Starter
Greg Williams
$29.99
If you are new to Reason 3 and want to get up to speed quickly, this CSi Starter is for you. This hands-on, interactive training CD-ROM provides a unique way to work through a basic production from start to finish. Gain a solid understanding of Reason while learning how to use all the exciting new features in version 3. Packed with approximately 2.5 hours of movie tutorials, this interactive training product guides you through the business of producing a song. Sit back and watch as a pro shows you the ins and outs of Reason 3, and then practice what you've learned with the quizzing feature. With the updated CSi MT Player 4 interface, you'll enjoy a new custom movie playback bar with fast forward and rewind scan options, and location markers that provide an easy way to instantly access the key location of each movie tutorial.


Reason 3 CSi Master
Steve Nalepa
$49.99
This interactive training CD-ROM guides you through the key operational techniques and cool new features of Propellerhead's Reason 3. Comprised of approximately six hours of movie tutorials, this unique learning tool includes not only functionality, but also production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. "Reason 3 CSi Master" takes you to the next level of software and production operation through detailed discussions of software buttons, elements and menu items, production technique demonstrations, shortcuts, and tips. If you're a new users, the Introduction topic is useful for learning set-up, first record, edit, and mix. Even the most experienced Reason users will find tips and techniques that advance their overall knowledge of this powerful software!


Pro Tools 6 CSi Starter, Second Edition
Colin MacQueen
$29.99
If you're ready to use Pro Tools to create amazing music but aren't sure where to begin, then "Pro Tools 6 CSi Starter, Second Edition" is the product you've been searching for! Updated for Pro Tools 6.7, this interactive CD-ROM will give you the hands-on tips you need to get up and running quickly. Cover a basic production from start to finish as you develop the skills you need to get down to the business of producing a song. The CSi movie tutorials include not only functionality, but also production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. Offering an easy-to-use and intuitive learning environment, CSi movie tutorials allow you to sit back and watch a DAW pro show you the ins and outs and then switch over to your own DAW to try out each concept yourself! Use the quizzing feature to test your skills along the way.


Pro Tools 6 CSi Master, Second Edition
Steve Thomas
$49.99
If you've been using Pro Tools and want to take your skills to the next level, then "Pro Tools 6 CSi Master" is the product you've been searching for! Updated for Pro Tools 6.7, this interactive CD-ROM gives you the hands-on tips you need to deepen your knowledge of this powerful software. You'll cover every major topic, including Setup, Project Management, Recording, Editing, Arranging, Mixing, Processing, Virtual Instruments, Synchronization, Advanced Uses, and Tips. The CSi movie tutorials include not only functionality, but also advanced production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. Offering an easy-to-use and intuitive learning environment, CSi movie tutorials allow you to sit back and watch a DAW pro show you the ins and outs and then switch over to Pro Tools LE 6 to try out each concept yourself! The quizzing feature enables you to test your skills along the way.

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The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Mixers, Signal Processors, Microphones, and More
Bill Gibson
$39.99
The S.M.A.R.T. Guides by Bill Gibson cover the fundamentals of Serious Music and Audio Recording Techniques. This series of comprehensive guides offers an up-to-date education on classic and modern techniques for professional audio production. "The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Mixers, Signal Processors, Microphones, and More" covers the essential ingredients in audio recording and includes an impressive DVD with more than 100 video and audio demonstrations. You will cover specific techniques designed to improve the overall quality of your audio recordings, enabling them to viably compete with the music on your favorite professional recordings. Study recording examples that fi t real musical situations, and learn solutions to common problems that will help you enhance your music. Put each new principle and concept into practice, combine it with your own creativity and imagination, and start cranking out the hits!


The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Recording Great Audio Tracks in a Small Studio
Bill Gibson
$39.99
Derived from the well-known, best-selling series, "The AudioPro Home Recording Course, Volumes One-Three," this is the second out of series of six books and specifically covers how to make great audio tracks in a small studio. Up-to-date and comprehensive, this book details how to take a small room and create an excellent sounding recording space. Readers are guided through in-depth instruction on using an acoustically enhanced space to record guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, vocals, drums, horns, and other instruments. Additionally, each instrument recording section explains the proper way to work with the recorded parts with singal processors, effects, and other sound recording tricks. Part of the S.M.A.R.T. Guide series, this book is written in a style that is direct and accessible to both those with no previous experience and to more experienced professionals as well. The complete series is designed to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date education on classic and modern techniques for professional audio production. A combination of simple explanations of concepts that readers need to know to make excellent recordings and a DVD that aurally and visually illustrates those concepts amkes this a unique and valuable learning experience for anyone in this field.


The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Digital Recording, Software, and Plug-Ins
Bill Gibson
$39.99
Derived from the well-known, bestselling series, "The AudioPro Home Recording Course Volumes One-Three", this is one out of a series of six books which specifically covers producing music with digital audio software. Up-to-date and comprehensive, this Serious Music & Audio Recording Techniques guide explains the myriad of choices available in the ever-changing world of DAW-based recording systems. Unlike many other titles that focus on specific applications, this book is meant to be timeless and remain fresh through many revisions of various software applications: it explains what the applications do based on the very physics of their operation regardless of changes in GUI and software features. Packed with expert techniques for digitally producing music using any software application, this book is written in a style that is accessible to beginners and useful to experienced professionals as well. As a part of the S.M.A.R.T. guide series, it offers you an education on classic and modern techniques for professional audio production. The combination of easy-to-understand explanations on how to make excellent recordings and a DVD that aurally and visually illustrates the concepts contained in the text creates a unique and valuable learning experience that will make an immediate impact on your music creation.

Available 8/25/05
The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Producing Music with Samples, Loops, and MIDI
Bill Gibson
$39.99
Derived from the well-known, best-selling series "The AudioPro Home Recording Course Volumes One-Three," this is the fourth out of a series of six books and specifically covers producing music with audio samples, loops, and MIDI. Up-to-date and comprehensive, the book details the how, why, and what of these and other modern methods of music composition and recording, from building a track using loops, to how to design a MIDI system, to sequencing. Part of the S.M.A.R.T. Guide series, "The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Producing with Samples, Loops, and MIDI" is written in a style that is direct and accessible to those with no previous experience, but to more experience professionals as well. The complete series is designed to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date education on classic and modern techniques for professional audio production. Providing a logical progression of knowledge, if the entire series is followed from the first through the sixth title, you will gain a very well-rounded and clear understanding of audio recording. You also have the option of focusing on one title to learn one aspect of the audio recording process in this case modern methods of music composition. This combination of easy-to-understand explanations of concepts and a DVD that aurally and visually illustrates the concepts contained in the text makes this a unique and valuable learning experience for anyone in this field.

Available 11/29/05
The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Mixing and Mastering Your Recordings
Bill Gibson
$39.99
Up-to-date and comprehensive, this book provides in-depth coverage on the mastering process, mastering formats, delivery standards for masters, the manufacturing process, and much more.Readers are guided through how to take their recordings up against the music heard on the radio, television, and released by top record labels. Packed with many techniques, readers willgain an understanding of how to achieve professional results through the process of mixing audio and the various disciplines required. As a part of the "S.M.A.R.T. Guide" series, this combination of simple explanations of concepts that readers need to know and a DVD that artfully and visually illustrates those concepts makes for a unique and valuable learning experience for anyone in this field.

Available 12/28/05
The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Producing and Engineering Music
Bill Gibson
$39.99
There is more to producing great audio recordings than just understanding how the equipment works and how to use all of the various tools to record the music. Proper planning of a recording session, pre-production preparation, rules for studio operation with others, roles of the different people like engineers and producers, and so many other areas of preparation go into a successful recording session. From budgeting to media format selection, song selections to create a fluent album to getting along in the studio, from basic maintenance considerations to final product packaging planning, this title will allow the reader to understand how to take the technical knowledge and work with the talent to create a final product for distribution.

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$30 Music School
Michael Dean
$30.00
"Making art your full-time job is a full-time job." If you're ready to take on this job, then you're ready to follow the advice that you'll find inside $30 Music School. Do-it-Yourself recording, distribution, and promotion have made it easier than ever to make a living making music. Learn how to thrive in this new business model. $30 Music School is for people who want to be musicians, not just look like musicians. It's all about cutting through the star-system garbage and getting to the heart of art, and making great music that can reach the world on no budget. No matter what type of music moves you-rock, Alternative, Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Country, Jazz or Salsa-you can take this book and put it to work for you. Go one-on-one with musicians who have made music their life. Use their advice and learn from their experiences. Find out what it takes to create both realistic goals as well as a map to reach them.


The Truth About the Music Business:
A Grassroots Business and Legal Guide

Steve Moore
$29.99
Whether you're a solo artist, songwriter, or part of a band seeking to create a career in the music business, there comes the need to figure out more than where the next gig will be. There are many legal and business details to understand before you sign a contract with a record label or publishing company. This useful and easy-to-follow guide provides a clear path for moving your career forward and gaining control over your future in this business. You'll learn the steps you should take in any music genre to turn your professional music career into a legitimate and profitable business. With his combined experience as an entertainment attorney, independent record label owner, publisher, and professional musician, author Steve Moore provides a uniquely valuable perspective. Through a realistic, straightforward, plain English approach, this book acts as the perfect guide to get your career moving in the right direction from start to finish, saving you time, headaches, and money!


Networking Strategies for the New Music Business
Dan Kimpel
$24.99
The music industry is a large, growing, and often impenetrable business. Who you know, what you know, and who knows you are the three most important factors that will determine your success in the music business. "Networking Strategies for the New Music Business" teaches you how to break into the insular world of the business and advance your career by creating successful personal relationships. Written by a veteran and recognized expert in the business, this book teaches both professional and aspiring musicians the importance of personal contact as well as proper protocol, etiquette, how to make and maintain contacts, and the right way to submit or get your work noticed. Working off of the premise that trends and styles in music change but the people behind the scenes do not, the book helps you lay the ground work for an ever-changing career. Learn from the author as he shares both triumphs and setbacks throughout a career that has taken him from biker bars to a prestigious career that involves both teaching and working with world-renowned professional musicians. "Networking Strategies for the New Music Business" combines humor with hard reality to teach the basic social and professional skills that you need to succeed in the music business.


Available 9/7/05
A Music Producer's Thoughts to Create By
Keith Olsen
$$29.99
As Keith Olsen began his career in the music industry, he sensed a change in the direction of Pop and Rock music, and spent the next 25 years helping to define it. A six time Grammy winner, he produced and engineered album projects with artists such as; Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Santana, Sammy Hagar, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Ozzy Osborne just to name a few, netting a 1 in 4 Gold or better ratio, of which more than 24 are Platinum or better, and more than 14 are multi-Platinum. Sales from Keith Olsen's work exceeds 110 million units at retail, equaling more than a Billion dollars in business. To date his work appears on more than 250 albums and in many movies. Now this noteworthy producer shares his expertise on songs, musical themes and trends, arrangements and the ultimate importance of performance with you in this one of a kind book. He takes you into the recording studio, with "where to begin" discussions on microphone placement, and recording focus on the main ingredients of most records; vocals, drums, bass, pianos, acoustic and electric guitars. He covers the technical nuts and bolts of monitor speakers and the pros and cons of building a home studio. His writes as if he's sitting in the room with you talking about the art of production, showing how it always includes engineering, use of effects, and understanding the spectrum of sound, especially in mixing. Additionally, the music industry is of course a business, so your records need to make money. To this end, Keith demystifies some of the pitfalls of the industry on a whole, looking at advertising and promotion, as well as some of the legal issues you need to be aware of including royalties and copyrights, pirating, and intellectual property rights.


Available 9/7/05
Cash Tracks:Compose, Produce, and Sell Your Original Soundtrack Music and Jingles
Jeffrey Fisher
$24.99
Learn everything you need to know to make jingles and score video productions with this new, updated second edition of this popular book. With so many changes in the industry, this is a much-needed revision to this popular guide. With major emphasis on promotion, this book covers some new technological information based on today's soundtrack composition techniques. With a huge demand for professional compositions for movies, TV, video, radio, and other multimedia formats, this book delves into how to take advantage of this demand and make a successful career. Once you've finished this thorough guide, you'll know how to organize production resources, prepare and present your demo recordings, work with clients, craft profit-producing copy, promote your work, protect yourself legally, get the money you deserve and more.


10/25/05
Ruthless Self-Promotion in the Music Industry,
Second Edition

Jeffrey Fisher
$24.99
To be successful in today's highly competitive music industry, you must be a promotion fanatic. Promotion is the key to getting your music heard or securing a music industry job, and "Ruthless Self-Promotion in the Music Industry, Second Edition," provides the tools and strategies needed to succeed. The completely revised and updated content features new promotional approaches that work effectively in today's music industry. The author defines ruthless self-promotion as the unrelenting pursuit of new business and the book teaches the reader how to concentrate their promotions on reaching the greatest number of people who want what the reader has to offer. Extensive detail of every aspect of promotion, from relationship building to sales tactics, is included as well as step-by-step action plans for implementing the many strategies in the book. This book is written for anyone looking to succeed in the music business, from the professional, to the amateur, to the student.

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Available 9/20/05
Faces of Music: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends
Mr. Bonzai
$24.99
This collection of interviews and exclusive photographs is perfect for any music fan or recording enthusiast, from the younger audience hoping for a career in music to the older audience curious about their favorite artists and the world of making records. A uniquely valuable insiders resource, the book features excerpted selections from interviews conducted with over 200 popular music artists, songwriters, producers, and recording engineers. Collected by one of the top ten most recognizable writers and photographers in the recording industry, this book provides an exclusive look at the artists? thoughts on the music industry. Spanning 25 years, each interview acts as a historical snapshot of where each artists career and the music industry were at the time. Hundreds of rare photographs and never-before published interviews make this book an ideal addition to any music enthusiasts collection.

Available 8/23/05
Mixing, Recording, Producing Techniques of the Pros
Rick Clark
$34.99
Veteran music journalist Rick Clark conducted hundreds of revealing interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry to create this extraordinary title. Tony Visconti, Danny Elfman, Eddy Offord, Trevor Rabin and Roy Thomas Baker are just a few of the contributors who share their special studio practices, tips, and anecdotes. A truly thorough look at the recording world, this in-depth reference guide covers everything from recording strings and horn sections to using creative production techniques on the latest musical styles. Candid interviews with expert tips will enlighten you with the knowledge that has led the featured producers, engineers and composers to huge industry successes and millions of record sales. This useful and no-less than entertaining information is organized by subject matter rather than by the celebrity so you can gain various expert advice on the topic you want to know about, and not about the personality you are learning from. All of this combined into one reasonably priced package makes for a truly definitive guide for any producers and engineers of audio productions who want the advice, opinions, tricks and techniques used by the leading experts in the field.


Digital Music Making for Teens
Andy Hagerman
$24.99
Get ready to move beyond the stage of simply ripping audio from CDs to the more creative ends of digital music production. The sheer volume and variety of computer-based production techniques can often seem daunting. "Digital Music Making for Teens" eases beginning musicians through that first crucial step into the larger world of digital production as it guides you through the process of building musical productions. This comprehensive, hands-on book covers not only the big picture, but also dives deep into each task, showing you how to use multiple tools to get the job done. Combine your need for artistic expression with a solid education and start your music making off on the right track.


Roland VS Recorder Power!
Chris Skelnik, Vince Gibbs, Karl Frick
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"Roland VS Recorder Power!" is the most comprehensive and in-depth book on Roland VS Recorders to date, offering coverage of how to record, edit, mix, and master audio recordings using the various models of Roland VS recorders. There are four series of Roland VS recorders, all of which are covered in this book. The Roland VS hard disk recorder is a hardware unit that allows users to record, edit, process, and mix together multiple tracks of audio. They are used by a multitude of musicians and engineers who want the advantages of recording audio to a hard drive and editing digital audio without the hassle of having to use a computer to do so. "Roland VS Recorder Power!" is the only up-to-date book available on this topic and benefits from the respected name and proven pedagogy of the Power! series, offering complete and in-depth how-to explanations and many screenshots with front-to-back coverage of the application.

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