I had an opportunity to check out “LMMS: A Complete Guide to Dance Music Production”. It’s a complete and in-depth book for anyone interested getting into electronic dance music production. It is written by a David Earl (music composer, producer, and performer).
In this book, David is using LMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio, free DAW available for Windows, Linux and OS X) to walk you through the lessons, but even so, the music production process, methods, philosophies, and ideas apply to pretty much any DAW so it’s all useful information whatever music software you decide to use.
What kind of subjects does the book cover? Everything starting from computer system requirements and accessories, choosing right kind of audio gear, room treatment, installing and setting up LMMS, making the music step-by-step (beat making, basslines, backgrounds, automation, effects, arrangement, etc), music theory, harmony, song structure, mixing, mastering, getting your music “out there” and tons of more… EVERYTHING is actually covered.
What I really liked about the book is that the reader won’t be left hanging in any “study session”. Everything is explained very clearly, thoroughly and without fluff. I like the step-by-step and learn by doing -approach. The explanation is also logical: for each subject, there’s a “Time for action” -section which teaches you exactly what/how to do it (with images) and after that, there’s a short summary “What just happened?” to outline the study material. There are also quizzes which help the reader to think and assimilate the lessons.
Does this book help you to start making electronic dance music? Definitely. And the best thing is, you can use a completely free software for it or apply the knowledge to the DAW you are currently using.
Here are some details about the book:
– Written by David Earl
– 384 pages with images
– Available as physical book or e-book (.PDF, .mobi, .epub)
– Published by Packt Publishing
– Price: Print + free eBook + free PacktLib access to the book €34.99 / eBook €16.79
– Buy here