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The Secrets of Dance Music Production by David Felton

If you are interested in making electronic music, you might want to check out this book by David Felton, a writer and editor for Attack Magazine, a leading online publication for dance music producers. The Secrets of Dance Music Production is a comprehensive guide that covers everything from studio fundamentals to advanced techniques, from writing catchy melodies to mixing and mastering your tracks. Whether you make house or techno, 2-step or D&B, EDM or trance, this book will help you take your music to the next level.

What's inside the book?

The book consists of 312 color pages packed with technique, tips, illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs. It is divided into six parts: Studio Fundamentals, The Golden Rules of Mixing, Essential Techniques, Improving Your Writing Chops, Bigger Beats and Learning from the Masters. Here are some of the topics covered in each part:

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  • Studio Fundamentals: Learn how to set up your studio and choose the right equipment, how to use synthesis and sampling to create sounds, how to apply EQ, compression and reverb to shape your mix, and more.

  • The Golden Rules of Mixing: Discover how to achieve a loud, clear and balanced mix that sounds great on any system, how to use stereo imaging, panning and width to create depth and space, how to use automation, parallel processing and sidechain compression to add movement and energy, and more.

  • Essential Techniques: Master the skills that every dance music producer needs, such as layering, frequency bracketing, lo-fi processing, bass splitting, vocal production and mastering. Learn how to use these techniques to enhance your sound and style.

  • Improving Your Writing Chops: Boost your creativity and musicality with practical advice on how to compose inspired basslines and toplines, how to use voicing, arpeggios, syncopation and chord progressions to create harmony and melody, how to arrange loops into tracks with effective structure and transitions, and more.

  • Bigger Beats: Make your drums sound punchy, powerful and groovy with in-depth tutorials on drum sound design, transient shaping, swing crafting and ghost placement. Learn how to program beats for different genres and analyze 30+ beats from classic tracks.

  • Learning from the Masters: Get insights and tips from some of the world's finest producers, such as Huxley, Redlight, Breach, Tricky, Justice, Sigur Rós, Todd Edwards, Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez and more. Find out how they approach their craft and what makes their music stand out.

Why should you read this book?

The Secrets of Dance Music Production is not just a book of theory and recipes. It is a book that teaches you how to think like a producer and develop your own sound and vision. It is a book that inspires you to experiment and explore new possibilities. It is a book that challenges you to improve your skills and knowledge. It is a book that gives you the tools and confidence to make music that you are proud of.

If you want to learn more about this book or buy it online, you can visit [this link] or [this link]. You can also read some reviews from other readers [here].


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