Boston (October 22, 2004)–The Complete Guide to Remixing: Producing Professional Dance Floor Hits on Your Home Computer, just released by Berklee Press, is a comprehensive guide outlining the myriad of tools and techniques available to aid both the professional and amateur producer in creating professional-quality remixes.
The book is authored by musician, producer and remixer, Erik Hawkins, who combines years of expertise with a clear, fresh approach to remixing as he provides tips on cutting-edge practices for producing hit dance music with today’s best-selling software, including Digidesign Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Emagic Logic Audio, and Propellerhead Reason.
The Complete Guide to Remixing also explores the history, technology, craft, and art of remixing. The book includes a thorough guide to the necessary hardware and software for setting up a new music production studio. Hawkins outlines a number of essential elements for successful remixing including how to use and maximize the capabilities of various software programs, implementing production techniques and advice on locating and legally remixing tracks from major and independent label recording artists. Tips from some of the industry’s top remixers and DJs, including BT, Dave Audé, Deepsky, and Thunderpuss, complement the author’s advice along with an audio CD containing more than 50 tracks of remixing examples, including arrangements in progress and completed productions.
Erik Hawkins follows the history of the dance remix, from the glory days of disco to today’s home computer setups and includes pictures of early remix pioneers and hard-to-find vintage gear. The Complete Guide to Remixing outlines all of the production tricks needed to create a dance floor friendly arrangement, including chord progressions, lead lines, drum programming and effects, and even offers practical advice on getting remixes released as singles and played by DJs. The book provides valuable information to musicians with varying degrees of experience. Readers need only a current computer with a sound card and a digital audio sequencer to apply the remix techniques discussed in the book.
The Complete Guide to Remixing is published by Berklee Press, the publishing division of Boston’s legendary Berklee College of Music, and the pre-eminent source for books on music instruction and education. All Berklee Press titles are distributed through the Hal Leonard Corporation.