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Music production is a craft that combines art, technology, and business to fashion a new and cohesive whole. The music producer must have knowledge of the business as well as the creativity and ability to instill his own voice to the project. This introduction to the art provides the skills necessary to be a successful music producer. Music Production: A Manual for Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students walks the reader through the music production process, giving a comprehensive explanation of what is involved and how to do it. Divided into three parts, the book covers essential information on producing and recording, changes and advances in technology, and invaluable advice on the ins and outs of the music business. Covering the creative as well as technical sides of music production, the book describes methods and variations for classical, vocal, and pop recordings, and offers discussions on film, television, commercials, music videos, and corporate music. Author Michael Zager explains the many tasks music producers face, from musical techniques-exploring compositions, songwriting, arranging and orchestrating, and coaching singers and musicians-to technological skills-understanding and using studio technology, mixing and mastering, editing, and audio engineering. Guidance on advertising, promotion and marketing, and contracts and business agreements is also given. A brief history of popular music, a timeline of technological advances, and an audio CD of exercises round out the information herein. This primer for music production is a useful textbook for students, and an introduction for both amateurs and professionals interested in learning the workings of music producing and recording.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 The Meaning of Music Part 5 Chronology of Recorded Music and Music Production Part 6 Part I: Music Production Chapter 7 1. An Overview of Record Production Chapter 8 2. The Creative Concepts of Production Chapter 9 3. The Artist Chapter 10 4. Songwriting Chapter 11 5. Arranging and Orchestration Chapter 12 6. Approaching Arrangement and Orchestration Chapter 13 7. Coaching Singers and Musicians Chapter 14 8. Mixing and Mastering Chapter 15 9. Music Videos Chapter 16 10. The Production Process Chapter 17 11. Producing Music for Film and Classical Recordings Chapter 18 12. Producing Library Music Chapter 19 13. Producing Advertising, Television, and Corporate Music Chapter 20 14. A Brief History of Popular Music, Part I Chapter 21 15. A Brief History of Popular Music, Part II Part 22 Part II: Recording Technology Chapter 23 16. The Studio Chapter 24 17. Audio Engineering Part 25 Part III: The Music Business Chapter 26 18. A Combination of Art and Business Chapter 27 19. The Record Business Chapter 28 20. Business Agreements Chapter 29 21. CD Production Budget Chapter 30 22. An Opinion Chapter 31 23. Epilogue Part 32 Bibliography Part 33 Index Part 34 About the Author