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 15 years and the book, now in its fourth edition, is required reading in colleges and universities worldwide and considered by many professionals as the definitive reference text on the subject. It has been translated into five languages, has won awards, was shortlisted as Outstanding Book of the Year, and comes highly recommend by Mix Magazine, Music Tech Magazine and Freshly Squeezed Samples. It 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.