FREE EBOOK WITH EVERY PURCHASEI'm giving away my FREE arrangement tips Graphics Ebook to my readers. It contains detailed explanatory graphics, printable posters, templates, and a checklist for using with your own song arrangements ABOUT THIS BOOK36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio is a straight-to-the-point compilation of song arrangement techniques that will help you create great song productions. This book has similar content to the author's other book, Song Arrangement for the Small Recording Studio. However, 36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio is formatted into an easy-to-read, tips-based book that is a perfect companion in the studio for the song-writer, producer or mixing engineer. Included in this book are brand new tips not covered in the author's previous book, and each tip is topped off with a summary of key points and suggestions on how to apply the tips to your own songs. ARRANGEMENT IS A CRITICAL PART OF THE SONG PRODUCTION PROCESS WHICH IS REGULARLY OVERLOOKED IN LESS PROFESSIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTIONSFor the small studio operator, focusing only on the mix, the recording or the master is simply not enough if you want to craft great music. Implementing good arrangement techniques can enhance an original composition well beyond its original intentions, creating a song production that can hook your audience and have them coming back for more. GREAT ARRANGEMENT CAN MASSIVELY IMPROVE A SONG PRODUCTION IN SO MANY WAYSFrom refining the structure and improving artist performance, to optimising repetition and developing the lead elements, arrangement is a critical key to crafting engaging music. Further refinement can be done by such things as focusing on 'clash detection', 'filling the holes', and visually mapping the dynamic energy flow of a song. These concepts and many more are covered in this book. COVERS A RANGE OF WELL-KNOWN AND LESSER KNOWN ARRANGEMENT TECHNIQUESEach tip has an overview, a short and detailed explanation with examples, and all topped off with a brief summary and ideas on how to apply the tip. FREE GRAPHICS EBOOKReaders are offered a free Graphics Ebook that further supplements the tips in the book, including an arrangement checklist, blank templates, actual examples, and more. GRAB YOUR COPY NOW!36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio can work as a great studio reference for the mixing engineer, the song-writer or the producer. For the price of a coffee and a doughnut, you can get years of experience that will enhance every song production you work on from here on in. So what are you waiting for?
Overview A great song is much more than good lyrics or a catchy tune and far more than a great mix or a professional master. Many small studios attempt to craft great songs through mixing, mastering and using the latest plugins. They can find themselves distracted by the lure of special FX, EQ moves, and advanced compression techniques in their attempt to create sonic perfection. However, sonic perfection has little value if the very structure - the arrangement and organisation of song elements - is ignored. This book takes an in-depth look at how to create a great song arrangement using a vast range of techniques including pattern manipulation, repetition, and tonal character. The book covers many more techniques, principles and rules for creating great song arrangements, always with the goal of keeping the audience interested, engaged and wanting more. The book gets deeply into the application of Builds, Transitions, and Hooks, while addressing the issues of Groove, Pace, and Complexity. It focuses on the importance of establishing Lead elements in a song and their impact on song listenability. Also discussed, is the principle of arranging musical elements based on their tonal character and how careful placement in the panoramic soundstage can 'open up a mix', providing incredible depth and clarity. Summary Song Arrangement for the Small Studio is a well-crafted handbook that provides plenty of relevant theory, explanatory diagrams, relevant song examples, and practical steps for applying it in your own song production projects. It's the perfect resource for mixing engineers that want to go beyond plugins and mixing techniques and take their song productions to the next level.
The Studio SOS Book
Author: Paul White, Hugh Robjohns, Dave Lockwood
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Professional studio design is a specialized science, with more than a touch of "black magic" thrown in. Over the past few years, Sound on Sound magazine has made one trip each month to a reader’s studio. These visits have demonstrated that it is fairly simple to make a huge improvement to an untreated project-studio room, without spending a fortune. However, they’ve also proven that beginners’ attempts at DIY acoustic treatments often cause more problems than they solve. Utilizing knowledge from dozens of visits to readers’ home and project studios, the SOS team imparts easy-to-understand, organized troubleshooting advice. Learn how to rid yourself of monitoring problems and get an accurate monitoring system, how to enhance the sound of your recording space, and how to perfect your instrumental and vocal recordings. Decrease the time you spend re-recording and mixing, simply by improving your room with advice from the guys who have seen it all when it comes to make-do small studios. Contains: A structured look at the problems that most often plague small studios, with individual studio case studies addressing each issue Real solutions that you can both afford and implement; no thousand-dollar investments or idealized studio designs that don’t work with your space! Case studies that look at small studios’ specific problems, with additional break-outs tips that address quick fixes to common problems
56 Down-And-Dirty Practical Mixing Techniques To Take Your Recordings To The Next Level Flip to any page, read the technique, and apply itIt's really that simple. This is not a book that trawls relentlessly through the world history of mixing before providing any useful advice. It simply gets straight into the business of giving you real tried and proven mixing tips that actually work. And there's plenty to keep you busy. The book covers processing such as compression, equalization, panning, parallel compression, transient manipulation, harmonic distortion, delay based effects and much more. The real value is how combinations of processing work to create magic in your mixes. Clear Explanations For Each Tip: What It Is, Why It Works, And How To Do ItThe book is formatted consistently so that each tip has a clear explanation of what it will achieve, why it works and how to do it. You can get straight to it and start applying the techniques immediately into your own mixing projects. The focus of the book has been to keep it practical and informative. This is a 'how-to' manual that is clear, concise and an easy read. The book also includes a short glossary at the rear. Add Professional Level Techniques To Your Mixing ArsenalThese mixing tips have been developed by the author based on over 10 years working professionally in production, recording and mixing.They are a collection of his most loved and utilised techniques, based on his own research, knob-twiddling, and discussions with other engineers. These are guaranteed to be effective in adding professional level expertise to your work-flow. Get A Mixing Break-throughThis book contains mixing techniques that could create the mixing break-through you've been looking for! Do you need solid, punchy drums; a lead vocal that really sits solidly and clearly in the mix; more definition and clarity to your entire mix? All these and more are ready and waiting.
Save studio fees with pro-quality recording at home Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies offers simple explanations on how to record music in a home studio, no matter your style, method, or sound. With expert guidance every step of the way, you'll find the answers to your questions about choosing equipment, recording tracks, editing, mixing, mastering, and more. Updated to reflect the latest home recording technology, this new edition addresses styles from live bands to electronica with easy navigation to the information you need most. Beginners will find straightforward instruction on the fundamentals, while more experienced home recording engineers will appreciate insight to the tricks the pros use. With home recording gear increasingly approaching professional quality, the home studio is no longer the domain of the DIY-or-die. Even professional musicians are saving studio fees by recording at home, and today's plug-and-play technology makes high-quality sound accessible to those with a more amateur level of experience and budget. Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies gives you the information you need to set up your studio and use it like a pro: Choose the right gear for the job, and set up for quality sound Learn the fundamentals of recording, from choosing a mic to working with a mixer Master MIDI, multitrack recording, and audio capture for optimum sourcing Edit, mix, and master your tracks, and add effects to enhance your sound Don't let poor audio quality distract from your music. Find out what tools you need, how to use them, and how to follow the time-tested steps of making a record. You spend valuable time developing your talent, skills, and sound, so take a minute to learn how to make your music shine with the expert advice and easy-to-follow instruction in Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies.
(Book). The Great British Recording Studios tells the story of the iconic British facilities where many of the most important recordings of all time were made. The first comprehensive account of British recording studios ever published, it was written with the cooperation of the British APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services, headed by Sir George Martin) to document the history of the major British studios of the 1960s and 1970s and to help preserve their legacy. The book surveys the era's most significant British studios (including Abbey Road, Olympic, and Trident), with complete descriptions of each studio's physical facilities and layout, along with listings of equipment and key personnel, as well as details about its best-known technical innovations and a discography of the major recordings done there. Seamlessly interweaving narrative text with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from dozens of internationally renowned record producers and a wealth of photographs (many never published before), this book brings to life the most famous British studios and the people who created magic there. Meticulously researched and organized, The Great British Recording Studios will inform and inspire students of the recording arts, music professionals, casual music fans, and anyone interested in the acoustically pristine facilities, groundbreaking techniques, and innovative artists and technicians that have shaped the course of modern recording.
How to Rap
Author: Paul Edwards
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers countless candid and exclusive insights from more than 100 of the most critically acclaimed artists in hip-hop—including Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, and will.i.am—unraveling the stories behind their art and preserving a wealth of the genre’s history through the words of the legends themselves. Exhaustively detailing the many complex aspects of rapping—such as utilizing literary tools and devices to strengthen content, battling, imagery, similes, metaphors, analogies, slang, performing both live and in the studio, word play, controversial content and punchlines, and constructing beats, singles, and freestyling—with emphasis on enunciating and breathing for unique vocal style, this remarkable book will benefit beginners and pros alike with its limitless wealth of rapping lore and insight.
Macro-Mixing For The Small Recording Studio Learn fast, simple, and powerful mixing techniques to create dynamic mixes in less time than ever before Macro-Mixing For The Small Recording Studio is intended for beginner and intermediate mixing engineers who want to find new ways to massively improve their workflow and the quality of their studio mixes. The book is packed with techniques, examples, guides, and tips to help you create a 'break-through' with your mixing. The author includes anecdotes from his own experience working with bands and working on mixing projects. The book focuses on simple techniques about compression, equalisation and panning - the cornerstone of any great mix. Each chapter is clearly laid out with an overview and summary section at the end, with limited tech-speak to make the book an enjoyable and easy read. Read This Book If You Want To:+ Learn new techniques to produce better mixes in less time + Speed up your workflow using a 'process' approach + Learn to focus on what really counts and avoid distractions + Achieve better results with less plugins and a simpler approach + Find more time to mix + Ditch bad habits that prevent your progress + And much, much more
Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world's most successful producers. Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is the best-selling primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 160 famous names, this entertaining and down-to-earth guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you'll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and "fairy dust" effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use. ▪ Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes. ▪ Find out where you don't need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count. ▪ Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today's multi-platinum hits, including Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Michael Brauer, Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, Jacquire King, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Noah "50" Shebib, Mark "Spike" Stent, DJ Swivel, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, Young Guru, and many, many more... Now extensively expanded and updated, including new sections on mix-buss processing, mastering, and the latest advances in plug-in technology.
Mix Automation for the Small Recording Studio After all the hard slog you've done getting a good sounding mix, there's still 'that something' missing. How can that be? All the basic elements are there: a great song, great performances, the mix is balanced, dynamics and effects sound good. Sure, the mix isn't mastered yet, so you've got some processing on the master buss to simulate this. In essence, you feel like you've got it all covered. You've done everything you can do. So, why is your mix still lacking that pro touch? Is there anything more that can be done to improve your mix, and if so, what is it? The simple answer is, yes! The pro's call it, 'sweetening the mix' (or mix automation). Done at or near the end of the mixing process, automation allows you to correct all sorts of mix problems with pinpoint accuracy. On the creative side, automation is a great tool for adding vibe and theatre to the finished mix. And there's so much that can be done, like: + Achieving perfect vocal clarity, even in the densest parts of the mix. + Creating big, wide, and punchy choruses that really stand out from other parts of the song. + Reducing frequency masking and improving instrument definition. + And so much more! Mix Automation for the Small Recording Studio, is the perfect introduction for those who are new to mix automation. It's also a great resource for mix engineers who are familiar with automating and want to refresh their knowledge or explore the topic further. This book is an easy read, full of examples, with a summary at the end of each chapter. It includes useful graphics and a separate chapter of automation tips and techniques to use in your own mixes. Joining the reader list (link inside the book) will give you access to some great free downloads, such as audio file examples of automation, automation screenshots, and another free eBook: 44 Reasons Your Mixes Suck - A Mixing Engineer's Guide. Other books by Amos Clarke: Macro-Mixing for the Small Recording Studio, 56 Mix Tips for the Small Recording Studio, Song Arrangement for the Small Recording Studio, 36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio.
Hands-on practical guide covering all aspects of recording, ideal for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians and audio enthusiasts. Filled with tips and shortcuts, this book offers advice on equipping a home studio (both low-budget and advanced), suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing monitor speakers, and preventing hum. This best-selling guide also tells how to judge recordings and improve them to produce maximum results. New material covered in the 5th edition to include: * complete revision and update of digital media sections * new section on mixing tips * new section on podcasts and file sharing * new section equipment and connector levels * new section function and connector types * new section on digital metering * new section exporting projects from other studios * new photos
"Get on the right tracks! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recording with Cubase shows you how to use this revolutionary computer software to record, mix, and master your own music. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get: simple tips on navigating and configuring the Cubase workspace; straightforward strategies for spicing up your tracks with process effects and equalization; foolproof instructions for creating drum tracks and loop-based recordings; expert advice on recording, mixing, and mastering." - back cover.
"An utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music." —Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic There’s a reason today’s ubiquitous pop hits are so hard to ignore—they’re designed that way. The Song Machine goes behind the scenes to offer an insider’s look at the global hit factories manufacturing the songs that have everyone hooked. Full of vivid, unexpected characters—alongside industry heavy-hitters like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Max Martin, and Ester Dean—this fascinating journey into the strange world of pop music reveals how a new approach to crafting smash hits is transforming marketing, technology, and even listeners’ brains. You’ll never think about music the same way again. A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book
Audio Engineering 101
Author: Tim Dittmar
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Pratical, concise, and approachable, Audio Engineering 101, Second Edition covers everything aspiring audio engineers need to know to make it in the recording industry, from the characteristics of sound to microphones, analog versus digital recording, EQ/compression, mixing, mastering, and career skills. Filled with hand-on, step-by-step technique breakdowns and all-new interviews with active professionals, this updated edition includes instruction in using digital consoles, iPads for mixing, audio apps, plug-ins, home studios, and audio for podcasts. An extensive companion website features fifteen new video tutorials, audio clips, equipment lists, quizzes, and student exercises.
36 Solos for Young Singers
Author: Joan Frey Boytim
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Vocal Collection). Responsible for such popular series as The First Book of Solos , The Second Books of Solos and Easy Songs for Beginning Singers , Joan Frey Boytim is a widely recognized expert in repertoire for the young voice. Appropriate for contest solos, this collection includes a wide variety of traditional art songs and folk songs with limited ranges for late-elementary to mid-teen singers. The book includes intermediate-level piano arrangements, and the audio features professionally recorded accompaniments for performance or practice. Songs include: April Fool * The Blue Bells of Scotland * Country Gardens * Cuckoo * Dandelions Gold and Green * The Desperado * MacNamara's Band * Old King Cole * The Quest * Red River Valley * Sidewalks of New York * Sweet and Low * Toyland * and more.