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Sample Magic releases The Producer’s Manual by Paul White

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Sample Magic The Producer's Manual

Sample Magic has announced the release of The Producer’s Manual, the definitive guide to recording and mixing in the project studio by Sound On Sound editor Paul White.

Featuring 350+ full-colour pages packed with pro techniques, practical photos, detailed illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs, The Producer’s Manual brings together everything you need to take a mix from initial recording to final master

The Producer’s Manual features

  • All you need to get great recordings: from vocals and drums to guitars, bands and acoustic instruments. Choose the right mic, review classic recording techniques, learn how to tame spill and get the most from performers.
  • In-depth 101-style guides to dynamics and compression, reverb, pitch correction, studio acoustics, monitoring and more.
  • Taking your mix to the next level: explore the techniques and the pitfalls. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware.
  • How to master your own material when the budget doesn’t stretch to professional mastering.

The Producer’s Manual is supplemented by tricks and insights gleaned from over 20 years in the industry and interviews with some of the industry’s biggest producers, including Tony Visconti, Alan Parsons and many more.

The Producer’s Manual is available to purchase from Sample Magic for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / The Producer’s Manual


Hal Leonard publishes The Future of the Music Business

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Hal Leonard Books has published The Future of the Music Business, a book by Steve Gordon.

The Future of the Music Business

This Third Edition is a practical guide for artists and entrepreneurs on how to succeed in the music business with the new digital technologies.

New technologies are revolutionizing the music business. While these changes may be smashing traditional business models and creating havoc among the major record companies, they are also providing new opportunities for unsigned artists, independent labels, and music business entrepreneurs.

The Future of the Music Business provides a legal and business road map for success in today’s music business by setting forth a comprehensive summary of the rules pertaining to the traditional music business, including music licensing, as well as the laws governing online distribution of music and video.

The book provides practical tips for:

  • Selling music online.
  • Using blogs and social networks.
  • Developing an online record company.
  • Creating an Internet radio station.
  • Opening an online music store.
  • Raising money for recording projects online.
  • Creating a hit song in the Digital Age.
  • Taking advantage of wireless technologies, and much more.

This revised third edition is the most up-to-date and thorough examination of current trends, and offers special sections on:

  • What to do if someone steals your song.
  • Protecting the name of your band or label.
  • How to find and get a music lawyer to shop your music.
  • How to land a deal with an indie, or a major label.

The accompanying DVD includes a comprehensive lecture, “How to Succeed in Today’s Music Business,” delivered by the author at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

The Future of the Music Business is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Modern Guitar Rigs by Scott Kahn

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Hal Leonard Books has published Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic’s Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects, a book by Scott Kahn.

Modern Guitar Rigs

Modern Guitar Rigs covers topics of interest to guitarists looking to build pro-level rigs, whether they’re playing clubs at the indie band level, getting set for a major tour, heading into the studio to record a new album, or just searching for “ultimate tone.”

“Guitar magazines routinely talk about commonly available guitars, amps, and effects, but they don’t really cover the components that go into assembling a professional guitar rig,” explains Kahn. “After hearing the same questions come up repeatedly from so many guitar players, I found myself pondering, ‘If only there were a book that really explained all this complex rig stuff,’ and then I discovered that no such book existed.”

Kahn, a technologist and accomplished guitar player, dissects complex guitar set-ups for multiple scenarios with an informal, relaxed style and calls attention to detail with bullet-point lists. Photos of the latest professional gear and actual rig examples of top guitarists add interest and application to the discussion.

Modern Guitar Rigs features

  • Rack gear: multi-effects processors and dedicated signal processors, audio loopers, amp function switching systems, and MIDI foot controllers.
  • Amp setups: wet/dry/wet configurations, rack-mounted tube preamps and power amps, stereo rigs, integrating pedals and rack gear, and floor-based loop systems.
  • Guitar options: piezoelectric pickups and splitting guitar signals to multiple amps • Effect loops: choosing the right loop for your specific needs.
  • Rig infrastructure: power conditioning, noise suppression, power attenuators, wireless systems, custom cabling, and equipment racks.
  • Rigs of the stars: a look at the complex rigs used by many leading guitar players, including John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Steven Wilson and John Wesley of Porcupine Tree.
  • Interviews with leading custom rig builders, including the legendary Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics.

For players looking to move beyond a simple pedal board and combo amp, there is no more definitive book on the topic of advanced guitar rigs than Modern Guitar Rigs.

The book comes with a bonus DVD with more than an hour of video including “Building a Pro Guitar Rig”, “Setting Up Your First Small Rack”, “Taming The Pedalboard”, and a music video of the song “The Sky is Falling” by the progressive rock band Days Before Tomorrow, featuring Scott Kahn on guitar.

Modern Guitar Rigs is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books


Scott R. Garrigus releases SONAR X1 Power! – The Comprehensive Guide

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Scott R. Garrigus SONAR X1 Power!

Scott R. Garrigus has released SONAR X1 Power! – The Comprehensive Guide, the most recent edition of the best-selling SONAR Power book series providing detailed training for Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 music recording software.

Covering SONAR X1 Producer, Studio and Essential, Sonar X1 Power! is the ninth edition of the best-selling Sonar Power book series providing detailed training for Cakewalk’s Sonar X1 music recording software. Written for both new users and veteran upgraders alike, Sonar X1 Power! walks you through all of the features of the software with step-by-step instructions and exercises.

New users will start at the beginning and learn everything they need to know to use Sonar X1 for recording, editing, producing, mixing, and bringing their music to the masses. Upgraders will learn about all the new features in Sonar X1 as well as enhancements to existing features that may affect their current production workflow. In addition, features added in SONAR 8.5 are included in this new edition.

SONAR X1 Power! is available to purchase for a list price of $49.99 USD.

More information: Scott R. Garrigus / SONAR X1 Power!


IK Multimedia releases Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS -The Official Guide

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IK Multimedia Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS

IK Multimedia has announced the release of Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS -The Official Guide, a mixing and mastering guide by pro-audio author, producer and audio engineer, Bobby Owsinski.

“Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS, The Official Guide” offers home studios, pro musicians and engineers a personally guided tour of T-RackS 3 software from studio legend, Bobby Owsinski.

In this inspiring 192 page pro-audio guide, they will learn how to professionally polish their recordings and mixes with T-RackS 3 mastering software, giving them the techniques needed to achieve the professional sound quality required to finalize their audio productions – from studio to radio, podcast, television or feature film soundtracks.

“Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS -The Official Guide” is available to purchase for a list price of $29.99 USD / €19.99 EUR (excluding taxes).

More information: IK Multimedia / Mixing and Mastering with T-RackS -The Official Guide


Sinevibes releases Fantom-G micro manual

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Sinevibes Fantom-G micro manual

Sinevibes has announced the release of the Fantom-G micro manual, a free 30-page illustrated guidebook that helps musicians learn operating their Roland Fantom-G workstations as quickly and intuitively as possible.

Fantom-G micro manual features

  • Introduction to Fantom-G’s internal components, system setup and expansions.
  • Recording and importing samples, assigning them to keyboard and pads.
  • Recording MIDI and audio tracks, song arrangement and mixdown.
  • Creating custom rhythm and arpeggiator patterns.
  • Applying effects to internal sounds and external input.
  • Data management and troubleshooting.

The Fantom-G micro manual is immediately available for download in PDF format at the Sinevibes website. It is highly recommended to all Fantom-G users, and owners of the Fantom-G Tweakbook or Fantom-G Sound Expansions.

More information: Sinevibes


Sample Magic announces The Secrets of House Music Production

Sample Magic The Secrets of House Music Production

Sample Magic has announced The Secrets of House Music Production, an essential guide to producing cutting-edge house music.

After four years producing award-winning sample collections, Sample Magic share the secrets of house music production in this 144-page full-colour book packed with hundreds of walkthroughs, hints, tips and insights from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Written by Marc Adamo (DJ Magazine, Future Music) with contributions from Wolfgang Gartner, Way Out West, Sharooz and a foreword by Mark Knight, this is the first time the secrets of house music have ever been fully revealed.

The Secrets of House Music Production features

  • 144 page full-colour A4 book.
  • All parts of the production process are covered, including: making beats, drum sounds, basslines, structure, instrumentals, FX, mixing, vocals, mastering, remixes, programming ideas and more.
  • Every style of house is covered, from minimal to tribal, electro to progressive, soulful to jackin’.
  • In-depth tutorials reveal the tricks of the pros, with step-by-step tutorials using Logic, Cubase and Ableton.
  • A bonus CD includes 500+MB of exclusive samples to get you started.

The Secrets of House Music Production is available for pre-order now for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / The Secrets of House Music Production