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Hal Leonard ships Power Tools for Cubase 7

Hal Leonard Power Tools for Cubase 7

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping Power Tools for Cubase 7, a book by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

Cubase is a program that transforms your computer into a complete recording studio, providing every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a hardware-based studio, plus a few extra controls that don’t normally exist in that realm. Cubase 7 offers practically unlimited tracks for musicians, producers, and music enthusiasts alike, limited only by the power of the host computer. With so many options, the processes of composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering can be challenging, but Power Tools for Cubase 7 will help the reader easily and efficiently take advantage of all that creative power and flexibility.

Power Tools for Cubase 7 was written with the new user in mind. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Then, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations; how to avoid common mistakes; how to properly record and edit MIDI instrument and audio tracks, and how to use techniques that produce smoothly polished and powerful results. Finally, you’ll learn how to add mastering treatments for a professional-sounding, competitive, punchy, shiny, and loud mix!

The included DVD-ROM contains valuable supporting material and actual Cubase session files that add to the in-depth learning experience provided by Power Tools for Cubase 7.

The book is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Power Tools for Ableton Live 9

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Power Tools for Ableton Live 9

Hal Leonard Books has announced Power Tools for Ableton Live 9, a book by Ableton certified trainer Jake Perrine.

Ableton Live 9 is a groundbreaking music production and performance application whose uniquely nonlinear and incredibly flexible features set it far apart from all the other digital audio applications. It is equally adept at making beats, remixing, live recording, DJing, live looping, sound design, electronic music, hip-hop, and much more.

Unlike other books about Live that simply explain its features like a second manual, this hands-on-centric book contains a series of exercises that walk you through all the features you need to produce professional-sounding music with Ableton Live 9. As a fundamental instructional component to Power Tools for Ableton Live 9, certified Ableton instructor Jake Perrine guides you through the creation of an actual track from start to finish. In addition, you get plenty of practice using Live with the included audio content, video tutorials, exercises, audio samples, and third-party plug-in demos contained on the accompanying DVD-ROM.

A substantial appendix section offers discussions of important non-Ableton-specific topics, including digital audio basics, components of a producer’s studio, considerations when buying a DAW computer, and more.

The book and DVD-rom is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard intros Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard has announced that it has published Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers, a new Quick Pro Guides series book.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers is designed to help people who already have some familiarity with Digital Performer – or any other DAW software – jump directly into some of the extremely important and powerful capabilities of this incredible software. Author and noted DP guru David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993; he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers focuses specifically on music production, mixing, film scoring, and live performance. This important resource helps the reader get right down to the essential tasks, providing insight, tips, and tricks that help the creative mind link existing knowledge to the important activities most commonly implemented by DAW users at every level.

The accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

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Roland Kuit intros Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

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Roland Kuit Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

Roland Kuit has announced Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space, a new e-Book on modular synthesis.

Concepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis

Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is dealt with from the start producing a sound work.

Interactive Html/PDF e-Book. The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.

The eBook costs 53 EUR.

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MPC-Samples releases MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

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MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

MPC-Samples has announced the release of MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare, the first in a series of tutorial books from MPC-Tutor created for the new generation of Akai MPCs – the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

Written for the latest MPC Software 1.4, ‘Sampling Laid Bare’ focuses entirely on teaching practical and creative sound design, sample editing and program construction within the MPC, providing 270 pages of in-depth, hands-on tutorials on a range of sample-based MPC workflow topics including:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all chopping features, with a speed chopping workflow guide.
  • Practical uses of all program parameters with including the all new envelopes in MPC Software 1.4.
  • Sample recording and resampling.
  • Creative sample editing and sound design techniques.
  • Advanced drum layering examples.
  • Looping breaks and instrument samples.
  • Building velocity sensitive finger drumming kits from drum multisamples .
  • Creating realistic instrument emulations using both DRUM and Keygroup programs.
  • Using insert effects as sound design tools.

Plus many tips, tricks, tweaks and essential shortcuts to help streamline your day-to-day workflow. Each tutorial takes a hands-on, step-by-step approach with clear screenshots (from both the LCD and the computer environment) and all the MPC project files you need to recreate every tutorial within your MPC as you read along.

With its intuitive structure and jargon-free approach, this book is ideal for complete newcomers to the MPC world; and if you’re a legacy MPC owner looking to make the transition to the computer/controller environment, it contains all the information you need to quickly and effortlessly adapt your existing workflow.

‘MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare’ is available to purchase as an electronic book in PDF format, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: MPC-Samples / Sampling Laid Bare

New Atlantis Audio launches special deal on Loop Life eBook — the Insider’s Guide to the Indie Soundware Business

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New Atlantis Audio has announced a limited time promotion on the Loop Life eBook guide to indie soundware business, loaded with essential insider info, tips, strategies, and insight to give you the inside track.

Loop Life

We are publishing a big update to our book soon. New chapters and material, new formats for mobile devices, and maybe even an interview or two with some great soundware creators. The book includes free updates for life, so now is a great time to grab it at a huge discount — just $9.99, marked down from $29!

If you’re interested in turning your passion for music and sound design into a career you love, this is the only book on the subject. It’s loaded with essential insider insights from industry veterans with a dozen successful years in the business.

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Samplecraze publishes Beat Construction: The Definitive Guide for Beat Makers

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Samplecraze Beat Construction

Samplecraze has announced that it has published the Beat Construction guide for beat makers.

Just as every great master’s painting needs a great frame, every stand-out tune needs a stand-out beat: get the beat right, and you can turn your OK tune a foot-tappingly infectious masterpiece. But while most DAW software gives you the tools you need to craft the perfect beat, but you still need to know HOW to do it — else you’ll end up with a robotic groove that impresses no-one!

Just what is it that makes a stand-out beat? How do you give your beat it’s own unique identity? What is it that gives Timbaland’s beats that special vibe — and how can you copy him? These questions and many more are answered in the latest e-Book from Samplecraze.

Whether Dre or Rihanna is your thing, or you’re more into dance, pop, old-school electro or trip hop, Samplecraze’s new bible of beat creation takes you on a practical hands-on exploration of the beat-making process, which will leave you with a deep understanding of how the world’s leading beat creators get the sounds they do, and, more importantly, how they inject that all-important ‘nod factor’ into their tunes.

Starting with the basic foundations of sculpting and layering individual drum sounds, there’s plenty to get the newbies up to speed. But it goes much deeper than that. For example, there are chapters on various slicing techniques, using modulators and new techniques to create 3D motion and stereo width. Author Eddie Bazil also reveals the secrets of advanced ‘ghosting’ techniques, and there’s a section comprising several chapters dealing with how to ‘rip’ the feel from commercial tracks using your DAW (yep, that’s right, you can steal the feel from your favourite track without sampling it and infringing copyright!). And in case you’re left in any doubt, there are workshops on building urban and dance tracks from the ground up.

As with all Samplecraze’s books, there’s a heavy emphasis on step-by-step practical examples, with plenty of screen captures from various software packages to show you what’s going on. There’s a whopping package of over 350MB of audio, MIDI and REX files that illustrate the points being made, and rather than compromise the audio by streaming it or compressing to MP3, Samplecraze have presented the files themselves as pristine quality WAVs. That way, you can listen to them and tweak them in your DAW as you work your way through the exercises in the book. And when you hear them, you can be sure that Bazil is a man who knows exactly what he’s talking about!

So… if you want to make cutting-edge beats, why waste time trawling through forums for tips and tricks from bedroom producers? This book has all the answers and has to represent the best $15 you could spend.

The guide (193 pages) is available to purchase as a download for $15 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / Beat Construction

Backbeat Books publishes The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

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Tony Bacon The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

Backbeat Books has announced it has published The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book, a complete history of Ibanez electric guitars by Tony Bacon.

Ibanez is arguably the most important Japanese guitar brand, and this new book tells the story of its electric guitars, tracking the fortunes of this impressive brand from its origins to today. The reader is hooked after first paragraph: “How on earth were they going to sell all these mad-looking guitars? Would they prompt Ibanez’s final plunge into guitar-making oblivion?” We all know the story has a different ending, and Tony Bacon tells it in a fascinating and captivating fashion.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book leads us from the early years, through the decades and on to today, from the first cheap and basic models, to the copies of leading Gibson instruments, such as the Les Pauls, SGs, and Explorers, to Steve Vai’s impressive and spectacular JEM signature models in the late ‘80s, and on to the international success of Ibanez original designs. Exclusive interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Benson, Mick Thomson, and others illustrate Ibanez’s leading role among guitarists of many styles, from metal to pop to jazz and alternative rock. The book hinges on the game-changing development of Vai’s JEM model and its important related design, the RG, and explains the intriguing ups and downs in the history of this great modern guitar brand.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book is a veritable treasure: a thoroughly researched story, exclusive interviews with some of the best guitar players of our time, and a useful reference section detailing production years and specifications of all Ibanez’s electric models. The amazing gallery showing virtually every Ibanez model ever made, as well as vintage posters and pictures of famous players makes this book a must-have for any guitar enthusiast.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book