Focal Press has announced the third edition of Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science, a book by Bob Katz on audio mastering.
Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes several new chapters addressing the influence of loudness measurement and assessment and provides explanation of how mastering engineers must integrate loudness measurement and PLR assessment in their mastering techniques.
Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition also includes the newest approaches to equalization, monitor response measurement and correction, the psychoacoustics of clipping, an extended discussion of restoration and noise reduction techniques, an extended set of listening examples, and an updated chapter on surround mastering including coverage of Pure Audio BluRay.
“You need to read this book – it’s up-to-date, factual and it will help take you to a new golden age of audio production and mastering.” – Bob Ludwig , Grammy winning Mastering Engineer
The book is available for purchase for $39.95 USD / £25.99 GBP.
More information: Focal Press / Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science
Chris Nothdurfter has announced #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums, a new book that takes an exclusive look behind the scenes of modern music production.
Whether you are a bedroom warrior or a seasoned engineer – you will have to program drums at some point eventually. Chris started out as a songwriter and figured out how to make programmed drums sound as human as possible through experimenting as much as he could. Now, after years of successfully producing countless tracks in different genres he decided to pass on his knowledge.
Spanning over 154 pages and including 150 example grooves and fills this book will teach you everything you need to know about drum programming – from creating your first beat to programming complex fills for Pop, Rock, and Metal. Furthermore it covers ghost notes, side stick playing, Snare drum comping, Hi-hat barking, double Bass drum, and Blast beats.
In the “Humanizing” chapter you will learn what it takes to get the most out of your drum tracks and how to modify velocities and quantization to make them sound as natural as it gets.
All the examples in #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums are shown in a platformindependent way so that you can recreate them regardless of the drum software and DAW you use.
Along with the book you get access to a host of bonus resources such as additional chapters (“Odd time signatures” and “Mixing tips”), MIDI file download, discount on an upcoming drum programming video course, access to an online discussion group, and a full 30-day money-back guarantee.
Last but not least you’ll be eligible to enter the #HitItChallenge2014 drum programming competition for a chance to win one of three copies of Toontrack’s new EZdrummer 2.
#HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums is available for purchase for $24.99 USD. A free sample download, video trailers and additional information is available from the website.
More information: #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums
Emmett Cooke has recently launched The Business of Music Licensing, an eBook dedicated to giving you an in-depth guide to the Music Licensing Industry.
It explains exactly how to make money from your music through “licensing” or “publishing” your tracks.
Whether you make music full time, or just as a hobby, this eBook will guide you through the exact path required to start earning money from your tracks.
The Business of Music Licensing contains over 70 pages of useful information on a wide range of topics on the music licensing industry.
The Business of Music Licensing
- What the music licensing industry is, how it looks, how it works, and how your music can earn money in it.
- An explanation of all the terms you’ll encounter in music licensing.
- How to avoid scams.
- What are PROs/PRS’.
- Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive.
- Cue Sheets.
- Types of music licensing deals.
- A 3 Year Plan.
- Meta Tagging.
- Tips for increasing your income.
- A list of over 200 good music libraries/publishers to work with.
- Much more!
The eBook is available for purchase for 12.99 EUR.
More information: The Business of Music Licensing
iZotope has announced the release of Mixing with iZotope, a free guide that unravels the mysteries of mixing with iZotope.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, you’ll find a wealth of in-depth principles, tips, and techniques in our new guide, Mixing with iZotope.
Your ultimate guide to all things mixing, this guide breaks down the art, aesthetic and theory behind the audio mixing process. With simple explanations and visuals to help illustrate how tools such as Equalizers, Compressors and FX can transform your mix, the guide also features insider tips on using iZotope plug-ins to get the job done.
The guide is a free download as a PDF and eBook (via iTunes for iPhone & iPad).
More information: iZotope / Mixing with iZotope
Samplecraze has announced the release of Low End, a new eBook covering everything you need to know about the bass end in pop, dance & urban genres.
While a great bass end may not guarantee you a hit, failure here will scupper your chances, particularly if you’re working in urban, pop or dance styles. So bass, the bottom end, the low end — call it what you will — to craft a successful pop, dance or urban track, you need to get what’s happening in those low frequencies bang on.
Samplecraze’s latest eBook Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers takes on this vast and much misunderstood subject. Author Eddie Bazil has poured decades of dance and urban sound-design experience into this epic exploration of the bottom end, and the result is far more than a book about mixing.
Eddie covers everything from choosing classic sound sources like the classic Roland TR808 and 909 synths, to programming parts with a real feel — and parts that won’t cause problems when it comes to the mix. There’s plenty of practical advice on sound-sculpting using filters, both creatively and to remove ‘mud’ and avoid masking, on dynamics processing and ways to add ‘warmth’ using tube, tape and analogue gear emulations. All of the production tricks you’d expect to see in dance, pop and urban genres are explained in detail, from layering different sounds and parallel processing, through side-chaining your gates and compressors for pumping and other effects, triggering sub-bass synths, and modulation of various synth and effects parameters, to the many different ways you can use automation to your advantage.
The eBook is available to purchase for $25 USD.
More information: Samplecraze / Low End
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