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The Definitive Textbook

To help with learning a new topic you should absorb information from different platforms. While watching a tutorial can feel more engaging, it is a passive participation. Reading a book requires active involvement that can advance your learning more quickly than simply watching videos. The Dance Music Manual is the perfect accompaniment to our tutorial videos.

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Required Reading.

The Dance Music Manual was first published in 2004 by Focal Press and the only book at that time to explore the real world application on the production of electronic dance music. Its aim was to introduce the technology, the core concepts and the techniques to producers, giving them a solid grounding to start.

Fast forward 14 years and the book, now in its fourth edition, is required reading in colleges and universities and considered by many professionals as the definitive reference text on the subject. It has been translated into numerous languages and is suitable for anyone looking to produce dance music, including beginners. The book comprises of topics such as compression, synthesis, sound design, drum loops, recording technology and mixing and mastering. It also includes chapters dedicated to the production of different dance genres.

The Dance Music Manual 4th Edition

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Chapter Contents

Chapter 1:
The Studio Centre Piece

Chapter 2:
The Audio Interface

Chapter 3:
Monitors and headphones

Chapter 4:
Hearing Protection

Chapter 5:
Frequency and Amplitude

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:
FM and wavetables

Chapter 8:
Modular Synthesis

Chapter 9:
The Theory of Sound Design.

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

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Chapter 14:
Mixing Desk Structure

Chapter 15:
Hybrid Studios

Chapter 16:
Fundamentals of Rhythm

Chapter 17:
Kicks and Percussion

Chapter 18:
Drum Loops

Chapter 19:
Fundamentals of Music Theory

Chapter 20:

Chapter 21:
Composing and Designing Strings

Chapter 22:
Composing and Designing Leads

Chapter 23:
Composing and Designing Bass

Chapter 24:
Sound Effects

Chapter 25:

Chapter 26:
Formal Structure in Dance Music

Chapter 27:
House Music

Chapter 28:

Chapter 29:
Uplifting Trance

Chapter 30:

Chapter 31:
Chill Out

Chapter 32:
Drum & Bass

Chapter 33:

Chapter 34:
Mixing Theory

Chapter 35:
Mixing Practice

Chapter 36:

Chapter 37:
Publishing and Promotion

Chapter 38:
A DJ’s Perspective

Chapter 39:

The Dance Music Manual is available from most good bookstores in paperback, hardback and also in electronic format. You can buy the paperback version from our Publisher and they will ship it directly to your door. For the Kindle electronic version, you will need to purchase directly from Amazon.

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