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Product Details

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (June 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072228792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072228793
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burning provides all of us with the techniques of pro studio engineers and expert turntablists…even savvy users will learn something. -- Rolling Stone, August 7, 2003

This is a must-read for any aspiring beat-meister. -- Remix magazine, October 2003

Van Buskirk leaves no stone unturned in this concise entry… This long-overdue tome is a wise investment for you. -- URB magazine, September 2003

From the Back Cover

Learn the perfect way to rip, copy, record, and burn digital music, using free, open-source software, or inexpensive commercial apps. From mash-ups that combine existing hits, to remixes of your favorite songs, you'll be ready to tackle it all--even if you start as a novice who doesn't know BPM from MP3. Follow along with author Eliot Van Buskirk's step-by-step instructions (with diagrams) to produce projects that take you into the studio, onto the radio, and beyond. Burning Down the House: Ripping, Recording, Remixing, and More! shows you exactly why the computer is the most powerful musical tool of all time.

  • Rip, burn, copy, and mix a CD
  • Create live DJ mixes featuring fades and beat-matching
  • Listen to, manipulate, or produce music of any genre or format
  • DJ live using a laptop
  • Run your own Internet radio station
  • Record live audio
  • Make remixes and mash-ups of your favorite songs
  • Produce a slideshow with your own MP3 soundtrack
  • Learn audio effects and smart editing techniques
  • Understand relevant copyright law, and what you should and should not do

More About the Author

Eliot Van Buskirk has covered digital music and other disruptive technologies for over a decade for Wired.com, CNET, Evolver.fm and as a freelancer for several other publications since 1997. The author of two books (Burning Down the House: Ripping, Recording, Remixing and More and an iPod book, both for McGraw-Hill), Van Buskirk is a regular on NPR. His latest works can usually be found via twitter.com/listeningpost. He rides a bicycle.

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Everything you need to convert analog to digital; photos, video, or music.
J. Johnson
If you're already using your computer for music, you'll definitely pick up loads of useful tips.
CA Professor
All of the above without presenting the information in a dry or overly academic style.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frank D on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Burning Down the House

Ripping, Recording, Remixing and more!

Nov. 2004

This book is about putting music on the computer, editing it and then playing it back. Or, "That's No Computer - It's Your Music Machine". As the book further states, "It doesn't matter whether you can play an instrument, read music, or carry a tune - as long as you like music, all the projects in this book are within your grasp".

The desktop computer now can do things that used to require thousands of dollars worth of equipment. This book gives the novice computer audiophile a lot of great basic info to get started, and also has many tips and tricks for more experienced users

It is well-written , with many screenshots illustrating the text, and though short, it is extensive and very informative. The book identifies software needed to perform the various functions which, in almost all cases, is freeware or shareware, to limit costs.

Of course, an initial question is "Why do I want to know all this?" My short answer - because it allows one to obtain a digital audio file with content just as wanted.

I have a few projects in mind which would make good use of the computer. In some cases there are no commercial CDs available presently. Other projects would transfer audio from records or tapes that will continue to deteriorate - records when the phonograph needle wears out the grooves and tapes as they age and lose magnetic material - and also continue to accumulate scratches and other artifacts that cause blips in the sound. Computer processing can eliminate these artifacts and improve the sound quality. Also the computer will allow me to make CDs with my own compilation of music - and in a manner so it can be played on any CD player, anywhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By u ser on July 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Buskirk's book is a perfect introduction to the world of digital music and home recording. Many newbies have a hard time coming to terms with digital file formats, hardware, software and the diversity in cost/quality/platforms,etc. and which way to take these choices. If that is you, this is an ideal guide for your initial dive into modern audio technology. If you are only interested in downloading mp3's and burning cd's from this material or are an aspiring producer/home recording/musician, this book is for you. It could also be a good review of modern production options and the free or commercial software to flesh out your sonic ideas. All of the above without presenting the information in a dry or overly academic style. An enjoyable read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "m2graphis" on September 30, 2003
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This is a must buy for any newbie and intermediate level digital music enthusiast. i found his book to be chock full of info that i hadn't known.
Now my digital music life is much easier. Thank you! mr. van buskirk
BTW.. please check out his column on c-net, also very helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Pepper on August 24, 2003
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Finally, a friendly, huggable book that answers embarrassing questions like how to "Digitize Your Vinyl" and "Remixing 101." Most of us pretend that we know how to do this stuff, but now we can actually know instead. No one this experienced is addressing what people really do when they remix and make music online and then broadcast it to the world. It's an intelligent and fun read, told with humor and best of all, soul. Take Van Buskirk's dedication for instance: "To anyone who's ever made something because they wanted to." I mean, come on!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Van D. Olmstead, Jr. on August 3, 2006
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CNet recommended this book for the course they were offering on becoming proficient with the editing of digital multimedia and recording it to CDs. I can attest they knew what they were doing. The book is easy to read, deals with the technology with a non-geek tone and handles the legal issues properly and with a proper tongue-in-cheek manner. An excellent value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. Wood on June 16, 2003
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This book is a must for those interested in digital audio. It definitely gives the novice computer audiophile a ton of great basic info to get started, but at the same time has loads of great tips and tricks for more experienced users like myself.
It's written in an easy to read, fun style... rather than too technical and boring like so many other computer oriented books.
And the software he mentions and uses as examples throughout are all open-source, which means free.... so you don't already have to have some expensive software package before you can start making remixes, burning cd's, etc....
Anyway, definitely a good book and well worth the money
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the guttersnipe on June 20, 2003
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I highly encourge anyone to get this book and use the information within to take control of the data that you own for your own personal means.
To merely make a backup copy, to save a damaged CD, or to make your own re-mixes or mash-ups!
I fully believe that the mash-up is a new work and not simply a derivitive work, that inspires revolution and pushes further the creativity in our culture, the mash-up is revolution, resistance and original, oh yeah and fun as hell!
Get the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CA Professor on August 20, 2003
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Eliot Van Buskirk has managed to make his book essential for anyone who wants to do anything at all with music on their computer. Whether you want to start burning cds of mp3 files or do home recording, this book will get you started. If you're already using your computer for music, you'll definitely pick up loads of useful tips. Get it!
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