This book / manual is an overview for beginner producers who have dabbled in music creation as a hobby, but want to take the next step and create a professional quality songs that can be commercially released and a DJ would be happy to play during his / her set.
A more experienced producer will benefit from the extensive collection of chord charts, drum sequences and rhythmic patterns listed in the Annex sections. They may also take advantage from the categorisation of Timbre for Bass, Leads Synths and Strings / Pads and inspire the creation of new sounds.
Long ago, to enhance my ability to create more effective Electronic Dance Music grooves, I decided to learn the basics of analogue drumming and purchased a drum kit. I discovered Traditional Drum Rudiments, which are recognised standards and sequences for practicing drumming.
Fascinated by the concept of rudiments, I searched on line for articles on Electronic Dance Music Rudiments, but they didn’t exist. Throughout the last decade of producing Breakbeat and Drum and Bass, my production notes grew to a substantial size and it occurred to me that my notes were the basis for expanding towards creating Rudiments for Electronic Dance Music.
Aim of the Book.
Chapter 1 Creating A Home Studio: This chapter contains an overview of the options available to set up a home studio, depending upon your budget.
Chapter 2 Music Theory: A brief introduction to a few key elements of musicology which are required to understand basic Chord Progression and Rhythm
Chapter 3 Genre: Usually producers create music that they are more familiar
with. This chapter provides an overview of the main genres of Dance music
and the key components.
Chapter 5 Drum and Percussion Elements: Different drum styles are introduced plus a list of percussive instruments available to compliment the main beat.
Chapter 6 Drum Pattern: If your have used sample CD drum loops to create your songs but want to create drum beats yourself, this chapter provides assistance by listing a range of common drum patterns available.
Chapter 7 Introduction to Synthesis: This chapter contains an explanation of the basic principles in Digital Sound Design or Synthesis. Although not essential for a beginner, a dedicated producer must nderstand the science of Synthesis to generate unique sounds for use in his / her productions.
Chapter 8 Electronic and Analogue Instrument for the Dance Producer: The range of sound sources available in the modern pallet are explored, including Samples, Synthesis, Analogue Instruments and Keyboards. A matrix of Synth Timbres categories the range of textures available.
Chapter 9 Creating Electronic Instruments: This chapter contains step by step instructions on how to create a wide variety of Timbres using any hardware Synthesiser or virtual Synthesiser.
Chapter 10 Rhythm: The core component of all modern Electronic Dance music is demonstrated using simple mathematical theories.
Chapter 11 Sound Effects: To compliment the Drums and Instruments, Sound Effects are an essential ingredient to add a professional finish to a song. The full range of categories, both Analogue and igital are listed.
Chapter 12 Dance Music Production Rudiments
Chapter 13 Use Of Filters: Digital Signal Processing.
Chapter 14 EQ and Mastering
Chapter 16 Live Performance for the Dance Musician
Chapter 17 Selling You Music