One of Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time
A New York Times Editors’ Choice
ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST BOOKS: The Washington Post • The Financial Times • Slate • The Atlantic • Time • Forbes
“[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?
How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.
Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet.
Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online—when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt’s deeply reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters—inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers—who revolutionized an entire artform, and reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives.
An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn’t just a story of the music industry—it’s a must-read history of the Internet itself.
From the Hardcover edition.
Using full color screenshots throughout, alongside related boxouts that expand on the key concepts, Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production is an informative and easy-to-read guide to using Logic Pro X.
Key features include:
Production FAQs– Instructional Walkthroughs and Knowledgebases present information clearly and answer common production–specific problems.
Methods– Professional techniques for recording and editing in Logic Pro X – whether you’re dealing with real musicians or cutting-edge virtual instruments.
Workflow– Use Logic Pro X’s tools and functions in an optimal way.
Website– Access audio examples, samples (Apple Loops), Logic projects, sampler instruments, and instrument patches at www.focalpress.com/cw/cousins
Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Productioncovers more than just the software; it will help you make the most out of every recording session and will illuminate and inspire your creative and sonic endeavors!
Then, in 1966, at age nineteen, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles’ chief engineer, the man responsible for their distinctive sound as they recorded the classic album Revolver, in which they pioneered innovative recording techniques that changed the course of rock history. Emerick would also engineer the monumental Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywhere he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and describes how he achieved the sounds on their most famous songs. Emerick also brings to light the personal dynamics of the band, from the relentless (and increasingly mean-spirited) competition between Lennon and McCartney to the infighting and frustration that eventually brought a bitter end to the greatest rock band the world has ever known.
PreSonus® StudioLive™ Mixer Handbook is divided into three sections: Part 1 is a general overview that breaks down each challenging feature. Part 2 covers live sound, explaining feedback-free stage monitoring, tuning your sound system to any venue, and StudioLive's remote mixing capabilities. Part 3 focuses on studio recording, detailing the mixing techniques used by the pros, and includes a bonus chapter on mic placement that covers nearly every instrument.
After finishing this guide, you'll find recording and mixing so much easier with your StudioLive mixer that you’ll think you just bought a new console! Bobby consulted directly with PreSonus to write the PreSonus® StudioLive™ Mixer Handbook, so you're getting expert info directly from the source!
In this eBook you'll discover:
* How to configure your computer to unlock StudioLive's most powerful features
* The way to control your monitor or headphone mixes from your iPhone
* Secrets to great-sounding, feedback-free stage monitors
* How to remotely control your StudioLive Mixer from an iPad
* Ways to easily record your shows without any additional hardware or software
* Miking tips for nearly every instrument
* Studio mixing tips to take your recordings to the next level
Thorough explanations of key topics in music technology
Content applicable to all software and hardware, not linked to just one piece of software or gear
In-depth discussion of digital audio topics, such as sampling rates, resolutions, and file formats
Explanations of standard audio plug-ins including dynamics processors, EQs, and delay based effects
Coverage of synthesis and sampling in software instruments
Pedagogical features, including:
Further Reading sections that allow the student to delve deeper into topics of interest
Suggested Activities that can be carried out with a variety of different programs
Key Terms at the end of each chapter
What Do I Need?Chapters covering the types of hardware and software needed in order to put together Audio and MIDI systems
A companion website with links to audio examples that demonstrate various concepts, step-by-step tutorials, relevant hardware, software, and additional audio and video resources.
The new edition has been fully updated to cover new technologies that have emerged since the first edition, including iOS and mobile platforms, online notation software, alternate controllers, and Open Sound Control (OSC).
This is the first in a series of digital audio-engineering books written by Wick van den Belt, who used to be head-lecturer on various audio engineering courses.
In this entertaining and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over: he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stones’ first European tour, Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.
Johns’s career has been long and prolific, and he’s still at it—over the last two decades he has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, most recently, Ryan Adams. Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industry—like musicians themselves—has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and roll.
In practice, there really is no "recipe" for creating a quality performance. Instead, musicians and engineers who effectively use sound systems have a wealth of knowledge that informs their every move before and during a live performance. You can slowly gather that knowledge over years of live performance, or you can speed up the process with The SOS Guide to Live Sound.
With these pages, you get practical advice that will allow you to accomplish your live-sound goals in every performance. Learn how to choose, set up, and use a live-performance sound system. Get the basics of live-sound mixing, save money by treating your gear well with a crash course in maintenance, and fix issues as they happen with a section on problem-solving, full of real-world situations. You’ll also get information on stage-monitoring, both conventional and in-ear, along with the fundamentals of radio microphones and wireless mixing solutions. Finally, a comprehensive glossary of terminology rounds out this must-have reference.
· Musicians who are interested in recording a quality CD or demo
· Choir, orchestra, and band directors who want to record vocal or instrumental ensemble
· Student performers and composers who wish to record a performance or produce their own music
· Bands interested in recording live concerts or recording an album in a home studio
· Videographers interested in recording location sound, voice-overs or music
· Songwriters who wish to produce a quality demo
· Podcasters and ALL who want to make quality recordings without spending fortunes on equipment. Readers will learn
· to cut budget corners without sacrificing audio quality
· to choose the right microphone for the job (and where to place it)
· to assemble an equipment rack, mixing desk, and speakers stand
· to avoid common mistakes
· And to be creative and have fun with recording technology Visit the companion website at www.oup.com/us/recordingonabudget for free selection of sample recordings!
Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on these recordings, their families, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them. He reconstructs the sights and sounds of the recording sessions themselves and how the music worked in all their lives. Some of these performers developed musical reputations beyond these field recordings, but for many, these tracks represent their only appearances on record: prisoners at the Arkansas State Penitentiary jumping on "the Library's recording machine" in a rendering of "Rock Island Line"; Ora Dell Graham being called away from the schoolyard to sing the jump-rope rhyme "Pullin' the Skiff"; Luther Strong shaking off a hungover night in jail and borrowing a fiddle to rip into "Glory in the Meetinghouse."
Alongside loving and expert profiles of these performers and their locales and communities, Wade also untangles the histories of these iconic songs and tunes, tracing them through slave songs and spirituals, British and homegrown ballads, fiddle contests, gospel quartets, and labor laments. By exploring how these singers and instrumentalists exerted their own creativity on inherited forms, "amplifying tradition's gifts," Wade shows how a single artist can make a difference within a democracy.
Reflecting decades of research and detective work, the profiles and abundant photos in The Beautiful Music All Around Us bring to life largely unheralded individuals--domestics, farm laborers, state prisoners, schoolchildren, cowboys, housewives and mothers, loggers and miners--whose music has become part of the wider American musical soundscape. The paperback edition does not include an accompanying CD.
I will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know in order to tranform your songs into something that you would hear on the radio. Above all - something you can be proud of. Don't waste time studying audio engineering, just buy my mini e-book!
The book covers the entire process of starting a small record label from startup to ongoing management in an easy-to-understand way by pointing out methods to increase your chances of success and showing you how to avoid the common mistakes that can doom a startup. The new companion CD-ROM contains all the forms used in the book in PDF format for easy use, as well as a detailed business plan, which will help you precisely define your business, identify your goals, and serve as your firm's rÃ©sumÃ©.
The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. While providing detailed instructions and examples, the author leads you through finding a location that will bring success, managing and training employees, accounting and bookkeeping procedures, auditing, successful budgeting, and profit planning development, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines. You also will learn how to draw up a winning business plan, how to set up computer systems to save time and money, how to hire and keep a qualified, professional staff, how to keep bringing customers back, and how to generate high profile public relations.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable about basic cost control systems, equipment layout and planning, low and no cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales, and low cost marketing ideas. You will also learn how to get your music on sites where customers pay to download your music such as Rhapsody, iTunes, and others. With the help of this book you can turn your love of music into a highly successful business. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at email@example.com
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company presidentâe(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Get uniquely in-depth coverage instead with In the Box Music Production: Advanced Tools and Techniques for Pro Tools. Author Mike Collins splits the book into three distinct sections covering how you use Pro Tools now—whether you’re working with the synths and samplers or loops and beats of a dance or hip-hop project, the soaring vocals of the next pop sensation, or the lush layers of an instrumental world music track. Use Pro Tools to its full potential with advice on studio techniques and full exploration of its internal capabilities. Learn to leverage Pro Tools and make it work for you with this guide that is fully grounded in real-world applications and process.
This book assumes that the user has some music production experience and has worked through the basics in Pro Tools.
· What to look and listen for in a recording environment
· Straightforward advice on recording almost any instrument
· Essentials of digital audio workstations
· Essentials of recording gear: microphones, mixers, and speakers
· Fundamentals of understanding and applying EQ, compression, delay, and reverb
· Secrets to running creative recording sessions
· Practical application of digital editing, mixing, and mastering A special section identifies solutions to the most common challenges in the recording studio, and the book also features an addendum with essential tips and reference information including:
· How to walk into a commercial studio and be the engineer
· Researching and buying gear: Internet vs. brick and mortar
· Digital formats: A handy reference As a whole, The Art of Digital Audio Recording is an essential resource that gives recordists the tools they need to let technical understanding serve greater musical goals.
"Honest and moving...Her painful tale is engrossing."
WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
From the Paperback edition.
Are you thinking of getting started in home recording? Do youwant to know the latest home recording technologies? HomeRecording For Musicians For Dummies will get you recordingmusic at home in no time. It shows you how to set up a home studio,record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute yoursongs.
With this guide, you?ll learn how to compare studio-in-a-box,computer-based, and stand-alone recording systems and choose whatyou need. You?ll gain the skills to manage your sound, take fulladvantage of MIDI, mike common instruments, do overdubs and replacemissed notes, understand the mastering process, and prepare yourmusic for duplication.Explains how to put together all the things your home recordingstudio should haveShows you how to perform multitrack recording and venture intoMIDI sequencingDetails ways to clean up your tracks by becoming an expert atmixing and editingAddresses choosing the gear that suits your projectWalks you through adding computers and software to yourrecording tools and enhancing sound with professional editingtipsFeatures instructions for setting up microphones, connectingelectronic instruments, and orking with MIDI and electronicinstrumentsIncludes advice for editing tracks, mixing, mastering, anddistributing your songs
Whether you?re a beginning musician or a pro, Home RecordingFor Musicians For Dummies teaches you home recording basics soyou can begin recording music at home and create great CDs.
* Record digital audio
* Record MIDI and virtual instruments
* Record wherever your iOS device goes
Performing with Smart Instruments
* Perform in numerous styles for each instrument (keys, guitar, bass, percussion)
* Perform with authentic musical gestures (keyboard arpeggiator, string articulations)
* Perform chords of your choosing
Teaching and Learning
* Create iPad ensembles
* Perform solos with included accompaniments
* Create loop-based compositions
A perfect approach for students with a passion for music outside of traditional programs, Alfred's Music Tech 101 Teacher's Handbook correlates to Alfred's Music Tech 101 which covers the basics of music technology without heavy technical reading, using plain-English explanations. No musical experience is required, and classroom-tested course material has been developed through years of student feedback. Includes correlating interactive media to stream or download, plus a corresponding website with teacher resources and updates.
* No musical experience required
* Studies on producing music using modern techniques for college and high school students
* A perfect approach for students with a passion for music outside of traditional programs
* Cross-platform approach to technology applicable to any software used for music production
* Great for students with musical goals outside the classroom
* Covers the basics of music technology without heavy technical reading, using plain-English explanations
* Simple and straightforward information, reinforced with projects and assessments
* Classroom-tested course material, developed through years of student feedback
* Includes correlating interactive media to stream or download
* Corresponding website with teachers' resources and updates
The Roger Nichols Recording Method offers you the unique opportunity to learn directly from Roger Nichols himself---exactly as he would have taught at one of his famous master classes. The book is excellent for beginners but is still full of information for seasoned pros who want to know how Roger always managed to get that sound. Included are links to Pro Tools session files, personally set up by Roger, to give you hands-on training.
* How to plan your recording sessions like a professional engineer and producer
* Choosing the right microphones and how Roger would place them for a session
* Test microphone patterns; learning about critical distance placement and the 3 to 1 rule
* Understanding digital audio and how it really works to choose the right format for your sessions
* Learning about the signal path from microphone/instrument levels, channels strips, and plugins
* Recording multiple takes, overdubs, punch-in techniques, and gaining insight on editing digital audio files
* Roger's personal tips for mixing, using automation, creating your final mix, and more!
For almost five decades, Phil Ramone has been a force in the music industry. He has produced records and collaborated with almost every major talent in the business. There is a craft to making records, and Phil has spent his life mastering it. For the first time ever, he shares the secrets of his trade.
Making Records is a fascinating look "behind the glass" of a recording studio. From Phil's exhilarating early days recording jazz and commercial jingles at A&R, to his first studio, and eventual legendary producer status, Phil allows you to sit in on the sessions that created some of the most memorable music of the 20th century--including Frank Sinatra's Duets album, Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company and Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years.
In addition to being a ringside seat for contemporary popular music history, Making Records is an unprecedented tutorial on the magic behind what music producers and engineers do. In these pages, Phil offers a rare peek inside the way music is made . . . illuminating the creative thought processes behind some of the most influential sessions in music history.
This is a book about the art that is making records--the way it began, the way it is now, and everything in between.
What musical features are responsible for Kondo's distinct "Mario sound†?? How do the different themes underscore the vastness of Princess Peach's Mushroom Kingdom? And in what ways do the game's sound effects resonate with our physical experience of the world? These and other questions are explored within, through the lens of Kondo's compositional philosophy-one that would influence an entire generation of video game composers. As Kondo himself stated, "we [at Nintendo] were trying to do something that had never been done before.†? In this book, Schartmann shows his readers how Kondo and his team not just succeeded, but heralded in a new era of video games.
Compelling photographic essays from photographer Eilon Paz are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, including Gilles Peterson and King Britt, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community.