The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Producing Music with Samples, Loops, and MIDI [With DVD]

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The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Producing Music with Samples, Loops, and MIDI [With DVD]

Format:  Paperback,

269 pages

Publisher: Course Technology Ptr

Publish Date: Aug 2005

ISBN-13: 9781592006977

ISBN-10: 1592006973

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In today's world, hit-quality recordings require more than just excellent instrumental or vocal tracks. Simply having great material isn't enough -- to create truly compelling audio, you need to understand and use the newest technologies to take your music to the next level. MIDI, an integral part of music production in the 1980s, remains a critical component of the recording process. Modern producers combine MIDI sequencing, sample and loop technologies, and high-resolution audio tracks to create dynamic, authentic, and powerful recordings. With this guide, you'll learn how to harness the potential of your studio's computer, hardware and software samplers, and other related technologies to create amazing productions. From the history and basics of samplers and MIDI, to the construction and musical use of loops, this guide will help you learn how to produce unique, compelling music that sounds great. In addition, the accompanying DVD is filled with excellent instructional demonstrations that enhance the concepts in the book. Whether you work your way through all the S.M.A.R.T. Guides or simply focus on this guide to samples, loops, and MIDI, you're on the right track to improving your artistic and technical skills, refining your production techniques, and keeping a competitive edge in today's music and audio industry.

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Publisher: Course Technology Ptr
Publish Date: Aug 2005
ISBN-13: 9781592006977
ISBN-10: 1592006973
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 269
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.0

Chapter outline

Audio and Video Examplesp. xv
Prefacep. XXV
Sampler Historyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Historyp. 2
Musique Concretep. 2
The Mellotronp. 6
The Mellotron Arrivesp. 8
Compositional Techniques in the 1950s and 1960sp. 13
Modern Sampling Techniquesp. 14
Analog Tape Loopsp. 15
Modern Digital Samplersp. 16
Legalityp. 19
Sample Basic Trainingp. 21
Sample Qualityp. 21
Sample Formatsp. 23
Technical Considerationsp. 23
Sample RAMp. 23
Adding Additional Storagep. 24
Sample Duration and Sizep. 25
Justification for Capturing High-Definition Samplesp. 29
Project Resolutionp. 29
Final Mix Formatp. 30
Commercially Released Formatp. 30
Potential Historical Valuep. 31
Processor Speed and Drive Capacityp. 31
Hardware versus Software Samplersp. 32
Hardware Sampler Strengthsp. 33
Shared Processingp. 33
Compatibility with Live Performance Environmentp. 35
Creative Freedomp. 35
Software Samplerp. 37
Software Sampler Strengthsp. 39
Editingp. 39
Updatesp. 40
Storagep. 41
Processor Upgradesp. 42
Compatibility with Live Performance Environmentp. 44
Creative Freedomp. 45
Building Your Own Libraryp. 46
Imagine What You Wantp. 46
Find Itp. 46
Create Itp. 50
Ambience and Effectsp. 51
Combine Soundsp. 52
Your Chance to Get the Best Soundsp. 53
Organizing the Sound Libraryp. 53
Keep Original Samplesp. 53
Suggested Numbers and Abbreviationsp. 54
Samplingp. 59
Creative Mikingp. 60
Single Microphone Samplesp. 60
Stereo Mikingp. 62
Surround Mikingp. 64
Ambience Microphonesp. 66
Including Reverberation and Delay Effectsp. 67
Including Dynamics Processorsp. 67
Equalization during Samplingp. 69
Get Some Completely Different Soundsp. 69
Sampler Parametersp. 71
Level Adjustmentp. 71
Recording Processp. 72
Manual Recordingp. 72
Assigning the Root Keyp. 72
Auto Record Start/Triggerp. 72
Editing the Samplep. 74
Sample Start and End Timesp. 74
Truncatep. 75
Normalizep. 76
Multisampling Layoutp. 77
Storingp. 78
Loopingp. 79
Creating a Long Tonep. 79
Looping a Groovep. 80
Crossfadesp. 81
Sampling Groovesp. 81
Prerecorded Sample Librariesp. 82
Sampling from Commercially Released CDs and Recordsp. 83
Sampling Your Recordings of Groovesp. 84
Custom Samplesp. 85
Working from the Audio Inputsp. 85
Mic Inputsp. 86
Line Inputsp. 87
Using Digital Recording Software with a Samplerp. 89
Hardware Samplingp. 89
Software Samplingp. 90
Rhythm Section and Vocal Samplingp. 93
The Function of Samples in Productionp. 93
The Importance of Building the Right Sound for a Songp. 94
Sampling Drums and Percussionp. 95
Mic Choicep. 95
Record Levelsp. 96
Dynamic and Effects Processingp. 98
Layering Sounds and Multiple Velocity Triggeringp. 98
Sampling Drumsp. 100
Dynamics Processors and Drum Samplesp. 100
Sampling Kick Drump. 101
Move the Mic away from the Kickp. 102
Lengthen the Kick Drump. 102
Use Multiple Microphonesp. 102
Place Microphones in Common Containersp. 104
Use Unconventional Microphonesp. 104
Combine a Kick Drum with a Low Sine Wavep. 106
Sampling Snare Drump. 108
Vary the Mic Distancep. 108
Multiple Microphonesp. 108
Layer Snare Soundsp. 108
Sampling Tomsp. 110
Mic Choice and Positionp. 110
Trimming and Shapingp. 111
Mufflingp. 113
Sampling Cymbalsp. 114
Crashp. 114
Ridep. 116
Special Effectsp. 116
Mallets and Other Types of Sticksp. 116
Achieve a Live, Ambient Feelp. 117
Replacing Drum Soundsp. 117
Hardware Audio-to-MIDI Converterp. 118
Keep It Simplep. 118
Filteringp. 119
Editing MIDI Datap. 119
Percussion and Samplingp. 121
In-Tempo Percussion Groovesp. 121
Sampling Guitarsp. 122
Electric Guitarp. 122
Rhythmic Comp Loopsp. 123
Create Multichannel Soundp. 123
Varying Multisamples across the Keyboardp. 125
Acoustic Guitarp. 125
Multisamples and Acoustic Guitarp. 126
Combining Acoustic Guitar Soundsp. 126
Sampling the Bass Guitarp. 127
Movie Soundtrack Samplesp. 127
Vocal Samplesp. 128
Oohs, Ahs, and Ohsp. 129
Lengthening the Vocal Padp. 129
Vocal Licksp. 130
Using Loopsp. 131
Definition of Loopsp. 131
Common Lengths of Loopsp. 132
Building a Track Using Loopsp. 133
Software Choices for Mac and Windowsp. 134
Macintosh Softwarep. 134
Windows Softwarep. 135
Using Loops in Your Digital Recording Systemp. 135
Importing Loops into the DAWp. 136
Define the BPM for the Loop Tempo Mapp. 136
Loop Library Sourcesp. 137
Multitrack Loopsp. 139
The Groovep. 139
Creating a Bedp. 140
Layeringp. 141
MIDI Loopsp. 143
Supporting Video and Film with Loopsp. 144
Capturing the Emotion of Visualsp. 144
Completing the Soundp. 145
Building Custom Loopsp. 147
Building a Loop from Sampled and Synthesized Soundsp. 148
Background Unitp. 148
Kick and Snare Patternp. 149
Ghost Notesp. 150
Quantizing the Groovep. 150
Pushing, Relaxed, or on Top of the Beatp. 152
Basic Percussionp. 153
Sampled Sounds and Custom Samplesp. 154
Saving Multiple Versionsp. 155
Building a Loop from Complete Recordingsp. 156
Set the Loop Tempop. 157
Fit the Loop to the Sequence Tempop. 157
Start and End the Loop at Zero Amplitudep. 157
Conform the Loop to the Sequence Beat Gridp. 159
Placing the Loop in a Sequencep. 159
Label Loops with Tempo Informationp. 160
The Feelp. 161
Using Loops Togetherp. 162
Drum Kitp. 162
Percussion Kitp. 164
Supporting the Drums with Percussionp. 166
Guitar Riffsp. 167
Bass Loopsp. 167
Keyboard Loopsp. 168
Long Loopsp. 169
Saving in the Appropriate Formatsp. 170
MIDI Basic Trainingp. 171
Introduction to MIDIp. 172
The Languagep. 172
MIDI In, Out, and Thrup. 174
MIDI Cablesp. 175
Daisy Chainp. 176
Channelsp. 178
MIDI Interfacep. 179
MIDI Parametersp. 182
Controllersp. 182
Channel Modesp. 183
Omni Modep. 183
Multi Modep. 184
Mono Modep. 184
Polyphony versus Multitimbralityp. 184
MIDI Time Codep. 185
System Exclusive Messages (Sys Ex)p. 185
Data Dumpp. 187
The Handshakep. 188
Data Backupp. 189
Quantizingp. 189
Strengthp. 191
Sensitivityp. 193
How Tight Is Tight Enough?p. 196
Randomizep. 197
Real Timep. 198
Step Recordp. 200
Shifting Tracksp. 201
Velocities, Durations, and Temposp. 201
Strings and Padsp. 202
Layeringp. 202
Notation Softwarep. 204
Usesp. 205
Lyricsp. 205
Chord Symbolsp. 205
Brass, Woodwinds, and Stringsp. 206
Mixing with MIDIp. 208
Parametersp. 208
Combining MIDI Mix Toolsp. 208
General MIDI Specificationsp. 209
Standard MIDI Filep. 211
Cross-Platform Compatibilityp. 211
Keyboard and Mix Controllersp. 212
Keyboard Controllersp. 212
Mix Controllersp. 212
MIDI Machine Control (MMC)p. 214
MIDI System Design: What Should I Have?p. 215
Synthsp. 215
Controllerp. 215
Sound Modulesp. 216
Sequencersp. 217
Hardware Black Boxesp. 217
Computer Software Packagesp. 217
Interfacesp. 218
Simple Interfacep. 218
Multicable Interfacep. 218
Word Clock Hubsp. 219
Mixersp. 220
Digital Mixerp. 220
Analog Mixers with MIDI Controlp. 220
MIDI-Controlled Automationp. 220
Digital Audio Cardsp. 221
Combining MIDI Sequencing and Digital Audiop. 221
Tactile Control Surfaces for Digital Workstationsp. 222
Combining MIDI and Live Recordingp. 223
mLANp. 224
MIDI Production Techniquesp. 227
Constructing MIDI Drum Partsp. 227
The Groovep. 228
Groove Quantizep. 229
Drum Set Patternsp. 230
Accentsp. 236
Fillsp. 237
Believabilityp. 240
Constructionp. 241
Percussion Patternsp. 241
Many Percussion Instrumentsp. 242
Simple Parts That Work Togetherp. 243
Forming the Bass Linep. 243
Patternsp. 244
The Groovep. 244
Reality/Believabilityp. 244
Feelp. 245
Guitar Partsp. 246
Believabilityp. 246
The Groovep. 246
Patternsp. 247
Grand and Electric Piano Partsp. 247
The Groovep. 247
Patternsp. 248
Grand Pianos versus Rhodes Pianosp. 248
Believabilityp. 249
Feelp. 249
The Frostingp. 250
Strings and Padsp. 250
Brassp. 252
Sound Effectsp. 252
Combining MIDI and Live Recordingp. 253
Drum Loopsp. 254

Book description

In today's world, hit-quality recordings require more than just excellent instrumental or vocal tracks. Simply having great material isn't enough -- to create truly compelling audio, you need to understand and use the newest technologies to take your music to the next level. MIDI, an integral part of music production in the 1980s, remains a critical component of the recording process. Modern producers combine MIDI sequencing, sample and loop technologies, and high-resolution audio tracks to create dynamic, authentic, and powerful recordings.

With this guide, you'll learn how to harness the potential of your studio's computer, hardware and software samplers, and other related technologies to create amazing productions. From the history and basics of samplers and MIDI, to the construction and musical use of loops, this guide will help you learn how to produce unique, compelling music that sounds great. In addition, the accompanying DVD is filled with excellent instructional demonstrations that enhance the concepts in the book.

Whether you work your way through all the S.M.A.R.T. Guides or simply focus on this guide to samples, loops, and MIDI, you're on the right track to improving your artistic and technical skills, refining your production techniques, and keeping a competitive edge in today's music and audio industry.

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