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DIRECTORY OF USEFUL RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS: MUSIC MAKING BOOKS

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

THE MIXING ENGINEER’S HANDBOOK, 3RD EDITION, is the latest update of the most popular book on audio mixing ever written (more than 150,000 copies sold). Popular producer/engineer, author, and teacher Bobby Owsinski covers all the fundamentals, breaking the mixing process down into easily understandable elements.


Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein

Master the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production. Learn the ins and outs of room acoustics and designing a studio. Gain techniques for mic placement and running a session. Get a solid grounding in both theory and industry practice.


Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production by Timothy A. Dittmar

Audio Engineering 101 is a real world guide for starting out in the recording industry. If you have the dream, the ideas, the music and the creativity but don’t know where to start, then this book is for you!


Behind the Glass - Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits by Howard Massey

In this prime collection of first-hand interviews, 37 of the world’s top record producers share their creative secrets and hit-making techniques – from the practical to the artistic.


Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible.


Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior

Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most successful producers.


All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman

Performers: Learn the risks and benefits of do-it-yourself music distribution, and how to protect yourself whether you sign with a record label or go it on your own; Songwriters: Understand the complicated world of exploiting your songs and negotiating the best possible deals; Managers/Executives: Get an overview of the entire business, plus the specifics you need to advancce your career.


Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison

Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.


The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.


Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting by Jimmy Webb

Webb brings his insider’s knowledge, experience, and star power to the ultimate guide for aspiring songwriters.


Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo

This expanded fourth edition of Songwriters on Songwriting includes ten new interviews–with Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Lou Reed, and others. In these pages, sixty-two of the greatest songwriters of our time go straight to the source of the magic of songwriting by offering their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art.


Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage

Silence, John Cage’s first book and epic masterpiece, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them.


The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production by David Gibson

Get ready for an in-depth exploration into the aesthetics of what makes a great mix! David Gibson’s unique approach to mixing gives you a visual representation of the dynamics of the sounds involved in creating a musical mix.


Unlocking Creativity: A Producer's Guide to Making Music and Art by Michael Beinhorn

Here, record producer Beinhorn reveals how to deal with interpersonal issues record producers face when they work with artists one on one or in small groups.


Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science by Bob Katz

In an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition unravels the technical mysteries that regularly challenge audio engineers. Including practical tips and real world experiences, Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style.


Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques by Rick Snoman

With Dance Music Manual, you’ll get coverage of every aspect of dance music production―from designing sounds to compression, from effects to mixing and mastering―and go even further, with advice on publishing and promoting your tracks.