Books

Emile Menasché has written or edited close to a dozen books about music, from his own suite of audio production instructional manuals to a revision and expansion of Hal Leonard’s “What’s a Series…” of music technology books, to his latest project as the editorial director of the In Tune Library, where he’s helped shepherd such titles as Jazz Then and Now by David Fish, Cool Jobs in the Music Business by Jeffrey Rabhan, and Music Alive! Drums by Daniel Glass.

cover72Your Sound Onstage: As technology for onstage performance continues to improve and to become more affordable, young musicians have the tools to sound better than ever before. Your Sound Onstage—one of the releases that launched the In Tune Classroom Library— discusses sound reinforcement approaches for singer/songwriters, vocal ensembles, rock/combo bands, small jazz ensembles, big band/jazz band, marching musicians, and orchestra, all in language aimed at young musicians and their teachers. Part I will focus on essential gear, with chapters covering microphones, mixers, instrument amplifiers, power amplifiers, effects, speakers for the stage, speaker monitors, in-ear monitors, wireless equipment, accessories, and more. Find it…

DV020_Jpg_Jumbo_H67567 Home Studio Clinic: Open a music gear catalog and it’s bursting with an incredible array of tools available for home recording: recorders, software, interfaces, microphones, and more. And while that’s exciting, the sheer volume of choices can be a distraction to the real goal of home recording: getting some music down. Written from a musician’s point of view, Home Studio Clinic is designed to help you build and use a studio based on your musical goals. You don’t have to become a master engineer. By exploring concepts and various common tasks, this reader-friendly book gives you the know-how to choose equipment that suits your needs and style, and the techniques to use it effectively. “The goal,” Menasche says, “is to spend studio time creating, not reading owner’s manuals.” Find it…

 

TheDesktopStudio

The Desktop Studio: When the first edition of The Desktop Studio appeared five years ago, computers were in the process of taking over the recording business. That job is now complete – not only in the way music is recorded, but in the way it’s written, distributed, and heard. Today, new software instruments, amp simulators, and effects stand alongside the ever evolving recording software that changed recorded music forever, while faster and smaller hardware continues to redefine the size, portability, and creative potential of the “recording” studio. This revised edition of The Desktop Studio will help you wade through all of the tools available in clear, concise, and musician-friendly language. Now, more than ever before, your computer can be a recorder, mixer, editor, video production system, musical instrument, and even a gateway to your audience. The Desktop Studio will help you get the most out of your computer and turn it – and you – into a creative powerhouse. It is a fully illustrated, comprehensive look at software and hardware, and provides expert tips for getting the most out of your music computer.
Find it…

how-to-do-everything-with-garageband
How to Do Everything With Garageband: Released in 2004, this book may be a bit out of date, but many of the core concepts for making music with Garageband are still relevant. If there’s any interest, I’m considering creating an updated version as an electronic edition. Just for fun, here’s the jacket copy from way back when: Create, record, and remix professional-level music with the recently released GarageBand and this great resource as your guide. Get expert help mastering the amazing tools at your fingertips—built-in software instruments, tons of pre-recorded loops, amps, effects, and editing tools. The special color section features a project that walks you through writing a song from scratch, mixing tracks, and creating a master recording. Includes a detailed overview of JamPack—the new Mac add-on that triples available music content.