Quick Guides To…

Quick Guides To…

Yep, these were written a while ago. They were designed as Quick Guides to cover the basics and still pretty much do. You can pick them up for a few pennies or cents although Guide to Analogue Synthesis is still holding its price!

Quick Guide to Digital Audio Recording

All modern music recordings use digital audio technology. Now everyone with a computer can produce CD-quality recordings and this book shows you how.

Written in a clear and straight-forward style, it explains what digital audio recording is, how to use it, the equipment you need, what sort of software is available, and how to achieve professional results. It explains:

* What computer system you need
* Sound and digital audio essentials
* What to look for in a sound card
* What effects to use
* The art of mixing
* How to burn your music to CD
* How to post your songs as MP3s file on the Web

Computer-based recording is the future of music and this book shows how you can join the revolution now.

Quick Guide to Analogue Synthesis

Even though music production has moved into the digital domain, modern synthesisers invariably use analogue synthesis techniques. The reason is simple – analogue synthesis is flexible and versatile, and it’s relatively easy for us to understand.

The basics are the same for all analogue synths, and you’ll quickly be able to adapt the principles to any instrument, to edit existing sounds and create exciting new ones. This book describes:

* How analogue synthesis works
* The essential modules every synthesiser has
* The three steps to synthesis
* How to create phat bass sounds
* How to generate filter sweeps
* Advanced synth modules
* How to create simple and complex synth patches
* Where to find soft synths on the Web

If you want to take your synthesiser – of the hardware or software variety – past the presets, and program your own sounds and effects, this practical and well-illustrated book tells you what you need to know.


Quick Guide to MP3 and Digital Music

MP3 files, the latest digital music format, have taken the music industry by storm. What are they? Where do you get them? How do you use them? Why have they thrown record companies into a panic? Will they make music easier to buy? And cheaper? Is this the future of music?

All these questions and more are answered in this concise and practical book which explains everything you need to know about MP3s in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. It explains:

* How to play MP3s on your computer
* How to use MP3s with hand-held MP3 players
* Where to find MP3s on the Web
* How to program hours of non-repeating music
* How to create your own MP3s
* How to record your own CDs from MP3 files
* Other digital audio music formats

Whether you want to stay bang up to date with the latest music or create your own MP3s and join the on-line digital music revolution, this book will show you how.


Quick Guide to Dance Music

Dance – it’s the music of the new Millennium. It’s in the charts, played in clubs, you hear it on movie soundtracks and even in restaurants.

Its variety and cross-influences mean Dance covers a multitude of styles. It seems to be dominated by a select few – influential producers, DJs and programmers – but everyone with a computer can create Dance music and this book shows you how. In clear and simple language, it explains:

* What Dance music is
* The styles it encompasses
* What software you need to create it
* How to program MIDI Dance grooves
* How to use sample loops
* What sounds to use
* The tricks of the Dance Music masters
* How to mixdown your music
* How to publish it on the Web

If you want to create Dance music, this highly practical book explains everything from how to create your own drum and bass lines to putting your music on the Web.