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Hal Leonard Books introduces Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein

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Hal Leonard Books has announced it is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein, a guide for freelancers who want to succeed in the music and audio industries.

Jim Klein Welcome to the Jungle

Thousands of people try to make a living as musicians and audio professionals. Most of them fail, and not because they lack talent or the will to succeed. They fail because no matter how much training they’ve received or how hard they’ve practiced, they don’t know how to face the challenges that await them in the “real world.” No matter how much technical or musical skill aspirants may have acquired, there is always a huge gap in their understanding of how that world works.

Do they understand how to behave in a professional environment? When to talk and when to listen? What about developing a personal work ethic, a support system, and a reasonable set of immediate and future plans to make goals into realities? In his dual role as a successful music and audio freelancer of over 30 years and tenured college professor, Jim Klein has not only the knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a freelancer in the competitive fields of music and audio, but also the understanding of exactly what the new aspirant needs to know to take on that world.

Klein has crafted his advice into a book that is detailed, complete, and easy to understand. Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Digital Performer

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Hal Leonard The Power in Digital Performer

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping The Power In Digital Performer, a guide to help those who are new to Digital Performer get up to speed quickly.

Author 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.

This is the first book to look under the hood of Digital Performer 8 – the first version of the program manufactured for both Mac and Windows OS. In fact, this is arguably the most up-to-date and insightful guide available focused specifically on Digital Performer.The Power in Digital Performer provides concise, easy-to-understand, and practical text combined with instructive screenshots. An 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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Hal Leonard publishes Making the Scene: Nashville

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Hal Leonard Books has announced Making the Scene: Nashville, a step-by-step guide by Liam Sullivan, showing you how to live, network, and succeed in Nashville.

Hal Leonard Making the Scene: Nashville

How hot is Nashville? So hot that when ABC was looking for a setting for a musical/drama series to compete with Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, it landed in Music City, U.S.A. Aspiring singer-songwriters, country music fans, and musicians of all stripes inspired by ABC’s Nashville to move to country music’s hometown will find a wealth of invaluable information about what it will take to make their mark in Making the Scene: Nashville – How to Live, Network, and Succeed in Music City by Liam Sullivan.

One could argue that moving to Nashville is the easy part. Getting acclimated and gaining a foothold in the Nashville music scene can be another story. Making the Scene: Nashville addresses those challenges, while serving as a comprehensive guide for musicians and artists looking to move to and establish themselves in the city. Making the Scene: Nashville is filled with interviews with Music Industry professionals, who provide insight into how the music scene in Nashville works and what the best plan of attack is for hitting the big time.

There are also uplifting and heartwarming interviews with singer-songwriters from around the country who have made the move and embrace Nashville as their new musical home. Music venues in Nashville are plentiful and bustling with singers and songwriters every night, and Sullivan lays out a step-by-step approach to figuring out not only how to get gigs, but also understanding how the music business in Nashville works. With the help of interviews with a host of Music Row professionals, Making the Scene: Nashville covers every facet of Nashville’s music scene: from tips to performing “live” to understanding music publishing terms that every musician should know. Sullivan explains the best way to approach an open mic or writer’s night, and maps out the most musician-friendly neighborhoods. He also looks at Nashville’s hundred years of music history, important to know when speaking with music publishers and executives alike.

Van Morrison once said, “Music is spiritual, but the music business is not.” From where to buy gear to where to see live music and where to network and exchange ideas with other musicians, Making the Scene: Nashville provides the tools newcomers will need to meet the challenges of the business and make the move to Nashville.

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna

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Hal Leonard Guitar Masters Intimate Portraits

The guitar, particularly in its electric form, is the most influential instrument of the past 60 years.

Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna spotlights the players who made it that way: the visionary talents and living legends who developed the sound and style of the electric guitar as we know it and love it.

Guitar Masters traces the life stories and assesses the musical legacies of superstar guitarists as well as lesser known, but equally influential sidemen: Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, Dick Dale, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, James Burton, David Gilmour, and Keith Richards. Veteran music journalist di Perna draws on three decades worth of experience as a writer and interviewer to extract the essence of what makes each of these gifted guitarists unique.

As di Perna writes in his preface, “Much has been written – a good deal of it by me – about how the electric guitar changed the sound and essential nature of popular music in the middle years of the twentieth century, launching a counter culture youth revolution as a sideline. And much of this cultural history has focused on the tremendous advances in guitar technology that took place from roughly the 1930s to the 1970s, and the work of pioneers like Leo Fender, Ted McCarty, Paul Bigsby, Jim Marshall, Roger Mayer, and others.”

“All this is undeniably true,” di Perna concedes. “But none of it would mean a damn thing if it had not been for the visionary guitar players who adopted this fledgling technology and, each in his own way, made glorious, game-changing, populist, heart-wrenchingly beautiful art out of the stuff.” The stories di Perna tells are as diverse as they are inspiring, yet what each of these guitar masters shares is an unshakable dedication to his craft and a deeply intuitive connection with their chosen instrument.

Guitar Masters gives fans and players new insights into the lives and music of the guitarists who showed us what a guitar can sound like and how it can move us like no other instrument can.

The book is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard launches Book Series MusicPro Guides Giveaway

Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

Hal Leonard has announced that its MusicPro Guides is offering a chance to win free books and a Skype call with the author.

To celebrate another great year at the Audio Engineering Society convention, MusicPro Guides is giving away prizes on our YouTube channel. If you didn’t attend AES or simply couldn’t make it to the Hal Leonard booth, don’t worry, you can still enter the giveaway!

Simply visit youtube.com/musicproguides by November 12th and subscribe to our channel. If you are already a subscriber, enter the giveaway by commenting on the video on the front page of our channel. Then, visit our channel again on November 27th to see if you won. We’ll post a video announcing the four winners.

MusicPro Guides giveaway prizes

  • The complete Mixerman book collection, Desktop Mastering and Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums, 2 Quick Pro Guides, and 1 other software book of your choice.
  • GRAND PRIZE: a Skype call with Bruce Swedien and a copy of Q on Producing by Quincy Jones and Bill Gibson.

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Hal Leonard publishes the 2nd Edition of Engineering & Producing

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Hal Leonard Books has published Engineering & Producing, the second edition of the fifth book in the Hal Leonard Recording Method by Bill Gibson.

Bill Gibson Engineering & Producing 2nd Edition

The first four books of the Hal Leonard Recording Method cover microphones, mixers, recording vocals and instrument; working with samples and loops, and modern sequencers, along with how digital recording software and plug-ins work in the studio.

This edition takes a giant step forward, examining modern concerns of engineers and producers. This detailed guide addresses some of the most important new considerations, such as social media, aggregators, making money in the current business climate, earning royalties from streaming and Internet radio stations, professional organizations and songwriter affiliations, and more.

See what it takes to be a great producer, and learn how to inspire awesome performances; pick up some tricks for selecting the best tracks to keep in your session, and discover what it takes to develop a production plan.

The accompanying DVD-ROM provides several detailed screen shots, illustrations, and video and audio examples. If you study this method and practice the included techniques, you’ll be well on your way to rounding out your recording education and producing great sounding recordings.

New in Engineering & Producing 2nd Edition

  • Extensive use of QR Codes, which link directly to associated websites and resources via your smart device’s QR Code readers. This expands the content of the book far beyond the printed page.
  • New and updated media examples included wherever appropriate.
  • Loads of new material about changes in the audio industry and what it takes to engineer and produce today.
  • What engineers and producers need to know about new delivery systems, social networking, marketing, independent releases, the current state of the major label world, and more.
  • Multiple appendices that provide substantial industry resources, musicians’ associations, and other tools for the modern engineer and producer.

The book is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Power Tools for Pro Tools 10

Hal Leonard Power Tools for Pro Tools 10

Hal Leonard Books has published Power Tools for Pro Tools 10, a book by Glenn Lorbecki.

Power Tools for Pro Tools 10 provides a detailed look inside one of Avid’s most exciting Pro Tools releases yet. Instructor, certified Pro Tools trainer, and award-winning producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki will walk you through the best ways to get the most of out of Pro Tools 10. See and experience the new features incorporated in this powerful software offering, all the way from the new ways it handles data, memory, and gain functions to some seemingly small updates that make a huge difference in your productivity.

This focused and comprehensive guide provides excellent instruction in the newest Pro Tools 10 features; at the same time, it establishes a foundation of technical and creative protocol that will help beginning and intermediate users – as well as seasoned professionals – establish the most expedient work flow while recording, processing, and mixing the highest quality audio.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains video and audio examples along with sessions files that powerfully support the text. The multitrack Pro Tools session contains full rhythm section and vocal tracks, professionally recorded and skillfully explained in the text and videos.

The book is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

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Hal Leonard publishes Mixing & Mastering with Cubase

Hal Leonard Mixing & Mastering with Cubase

Hal Leonard Books has published Mixing & Mastering with Cubase, a book by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

Cubase provides the user with many more tracks than bands from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s ever had at their disposal. Many iconic records were produced on 2-, 3-, and 4-track recorders, whereas the track count of Cubase 6 is limited only by the power of the host computer. After the tracks have been recorded, they must be mixed and mastered to sound polished and professional. But for the new user, the processes of editing, adding effects, EQ, mixing, and mastering can be challenging.

Mixing and Mastering with Cubase was written with the new user in mind. It starts by teaching you how to manipulate all the tracks and events in the Cubase Event Window. You’ll learn how to use volume and pan controls to create depth and audibility, add EQ to help every track sit in the mix, and add effects such as compression and reverb to produce smooth and polished results. Finally, you’ll learn how to add mastering treatments for a punchy, shiny, and loud mix that will compete with the pros. In the end, you might know the project was mixed and mastered in your home, but no one else has to.

Cubase has been used to create countless hit records. With what you learn in this book and a little luck and hard work, yours could certainly be next.

The book is available from Hal Leonard for $16.99 USD.

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